What Is Nursing?
Coursework in this program is presented in a daytime format; however, there may be
occasional evening clinical experiences. The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares
graduates to use their skill and knowledge to fulfill the role of the nurse: enhance
human flourishing, demonstrate sound nursing judgment, continually develop professional
identity, and possess a spirit of inquiry to improve the quality of patient care.
Encompassed within these roles are the core components of context and environment,
knowledge and science, personal/professional development, quality and safety, relationship-centered
care, and teamwork. These core components are introduced, developed and built upon
through the curriculum. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure
Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum
is organized around a clearly defined conceptual framework and combines general education
and nursing courses. The nursing courses correlate classroom and clinical instruction
in a variety of community agencies.
Program admits one time per year for the fall semester (Somerset) and the spring semester (Laurel).
- Sufficient visual acuity
- Sufficient auditory perception
- Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination
- Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing)
- Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions
What are my career options?
Nurses are employed in a variety of health care settings, such as: long term care facilities, hospitals, home health agencies, clinics, schools, physician and dentist offices, industrial settings and rehabilitation agencies. Graduates of the program are eligible to continue their education and complete a bachelor's degree in nursing through completion programs in surrounding four year universities.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
- Nursing - Associate Degree AAS (62-66 credit hours)
You can now participate in the online pre-admission conference.
After viewing the online pre-admission conference, a student will print off the Program Application (two pages) and the Statement of Program Requirements to be submitted by the appropriate programs’ application deadline.
If a student applied to the program or attended a pre-admission conference in the past, the student must still view the online pre-admission conference and submit all required application materials by the appropriate application deadline.
Materials may be submitted to the Program Coordinator or the Division Administrative Assistants.
The following materials must be submitted to the Admissions/Records office by March 1 for the Somerset program and by July 1 for the Laurel program:
- Application for admission to a KCTCS college.
- Official high school transcript indicating that the applicant has or will complete a high school course of study or a passing GED official score report.
- Transcripts of all post-secondary work completed at other institutions.
- Results of the ACT or PAX-RN Exam (NLN Pre-Entrance Exam).
- Read the online pre-admission conference presentation and print, complete and submit the Program Application and the Statement of Program Requirements by the appropriate deadline. The conference presentation can be found on this page.
- Completion of a minimum 75 clock hour nursing assistant course or its equivalent and proof of active status on the Medicaid Nurse Aide Registry in Kentucky.
- Completion of the KCTCS digital literacy (computer literacy) requirement.
Upon admission to the program, the student must submit the following:
- Evidence of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine series or a vaccine declination form
- TB skin test or chest x-ray
- Immunization records
- Other vaccinations may be required depending upon clinical facility
- Current CPR certification (American Heart Association - Health Care Providers)
- Criminal background check and drug screen once a year
The Somerset Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
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Kentucky Board of Nursing Approval
The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Pursuant to the Kentucky Board of Nursing regulation 201 KAR 20:340, click the Nursing Program Benchmark Data link for benchmark data on all nursing programs in the state of Kentucky. Nursing Program Benchmark Data
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.