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SCC is filling the gaps in Kentucky nurse shortages

Published on Feb 2, 2024

The state of Kentucky is facing a significant shortage of nurses, with less than ten nurses for every 1,000 residents, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This shortage is further exacerbated by a lack of nurse educators, which prevents nursing schools from admitting enough students to address the shortfall. The dearth of qualified nurses results in increased burnout and attrition rates, which further contribute to the shortage.

Somerset Community College (SCC) has taken a proactive approach to address the Commonwealth nurse shortage by providing high-quality nursing education opportunities at affordable tuition costs. Over the last five years, SCC has graduated 454 individuals from the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing Programs.

SCC's nursing programs have been recognized by both and, ranking in the top ten for best LPN programs in the state. The Associate Degree Nursing Program at SCC is also approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

By offering award-winning nursing education programs, SCC is helping to close the gap in the Kentucky nurse shortage and prepare the next generation of nurses. Those interested in pursuing a career in nursing in Kentucky are encouraged to learn more about SCC's nursing programs.

How SCC is responding to the nursing shortage. Caption to the right.


Caption: How SCC is responding to the nursing shortage.

Nursing (ADN & LPN)  - Five Year Total 454
Academic Year

2018/19— 62
2019/20— 90
2020/21— 104
2021/22— 85
2022/23— 113