Do you want to be a NURSE? For Free? | HCTC

Do you want to be a NURSE? For Free?

At HCTC your Nursing Degree could be TUITON FREE !!!

Yes, FREE !!!!! Even if you are not eligible for federal financial aid…

Here is how:

  1.  Attend a Nursing Pre-conference Session
  2. Apply to the college and select Associate in Arts as your major. Note: send all transcript for all institutions attended (including high school transcripts).
  3. Talk to an advisor
  4. Complete the pre-requisites for the Nursing Program
    1. MAT 146 - Contemporary Math
    2. PSY 110 - Intro to Psychology
    3. BIO 137 - Anatomy and Physiology I
    4. NAA 100 - Nurse Aide
    5. Other general education courses that can be taken are BIO 139, BIO 225, AHS 115, ENG 101, and a Heritage/Humanities class.
  5. Apply for scholarships that may cover the full tuition for your entire degree in nursing. This includes the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship.
  6. Take the NLN PAX pre-admissions exam

The Registered Nursing (RN) program at HCTC is a selective admissions program so when you apply, you should select Associate in Arts until you have met all requirements for the RN program and have been accepted. Acceptance to the program is required.

Get detailed information on the Registered Nursing Program page.

For Parents/High School Students

Are you in high school or a parent of a high school student who may be interested in Nursing? Most High Schools and Area Technology Centers (ATCs) in the HCTC Service Area (Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Owsley, Perry, and Wolfe counties) offer classes with Dual Credit and Work Ready High School Scholarships. In total, high school students could take up to 12 courses, and many of these are the pre-requisites needed for Nursing. There are many benefits to taking dual credit courses in high school.

With the Dual Credit High School Scholarship, a high school student can take two technical courses each year, and in the student's junior year, two additional courses (covered by the Work Ready High School Scholarship) may be taken. Before taking dual credit classes, students need to be college-ready and have completed required developmental work.

Pre-requisites courses for the Nursing program:

  • AHS 115 - Medical Terminology
  • BIO 137 - Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 139 - Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MAT 146 - Contemporary Mathematics
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology
  • NAA 100 - Nurse Aide

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 . . .to sign up for dual credit

  1. Complete a Free admissions application
  2. Complete the online registration or request forms from you high school dual credit representative.
  3. Please provide all materials and a copy of you high school transcript to the office of dual credit.

Contact Jama Griffie, Dual Credit Coordinator: 606-487-3203, for questions about dual credit


The University Center of the Mountains, conveniently located on the Hazard Campus of HCTC, is committed to working collaboratively with four-year college/university partners to provide the community with access to advanced degrees, certificates, diplomas, professional certifications, and other credit and non-credit lifelong learning opportunities. This includes continuing your education to obtain a Bachelor’s in Nursing from either Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) or Morehead State University (MSU). You can also obtain a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration from Midway University. Contact the UCM today at 606-487-3182!