What Is Nursing?
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. Transportation to the community agencies is the responsibility of each student.
Pre-Admissions Conference Dates
What are my career choices?
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?
Degrees and Transfers
The ADN degree will allow you to transfer in to a Bachelors of Nursing program at most four year institutions.
Acceptance into the Registered Nursing program is based on a selective admission process. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must comply with the college and program admission requirements prior to March 15th for fall admission and October 15th for spring admission.
Begin by attending a Nursing Pre-admission Conference.
As a part of the application you will need to submit the following:
- Application to Hazard Community and Technical College
- Official High School Transcript (with graduation date) indicating that the applicant has or will complete a high school course of study or a passing GED official score report. Transcripts or score reports should be sent to the HCTC Admissions Office.
- Transcripts of all post-secondary education or training. To be considered an official transcript, it must be sent directly from the institution to the HCTC Admissions Office. Hand-carried transcripts and transcripts marked "Issued to student" cannot be accepted.
- Results of the National American College Test (ACT)
- Results of the National League of Nursing Preadmission Exam (NLN-PAX)
- Application to the program (completed during the preadmission conference). This must be completed on an annual basis.
Preference may be given to:
- Applicants with an NLN-PAX score greater than 100
- Applicants who have completed 12 or more college credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better from any regionally accredited college
- Kentucky residents and applicants within the HCTC service area
- Only the applicants meeting the following minimal admission criteria will be considered
for admission to the registered nursing class:
- An NLN-PAX score of 100
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5
Though not required to be admitted into the Registered Nursing program, admitted students will need to have completed the following course prior to the start of NSG 101:
- A quantitative reasoning course adequate for an Associate in Science or Associate in Arts degree (MAT 146 or higher) with a "C" or higher
- PSY 110: General Psychology
- BIO 137: Human Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of "C" or higher
- Proof of active status on the Medicaid Nurse Aide Registry
|Tuition - per semester (Kentucky resident) $179 per credit hour (62-66 hrs)
(This includes general education courses)
|$11,098 - $11,814|
|Fees: Mandatory College Fee $8 per credit hour
Resource Fee (Kaplan/Examsoft)**
Liability Insurance * $11 per semester
$ 496 - $528
|Nursing Books (Approximately)||
$2,060. - $2,200
|CPR for Health-Care Providers or Red Cross PR for the Professional Rescuer*||
|Uniforms and Accessories (2 sets of scrubs, lab coat, shoes, socks, and watch) *||
|Clinical Skills Pack (for entire program)||
|Background Check/Drug Screen – Castle Branch||
$ 78.20 annually
|MMR (2)* (or titre)||
|TB Skin Test (PPD)* 2-step PPD||
$ 20.00 annually
|Hepatitis B Series* (or titre)||
|Varivax Series* (times 2 or titre)||
$140.00 - $150.00
|Influenza Vaccine *||
|Laptop||$300 - $800|
|APPROXIMATE TOTAL COST OF PROGRAM||$ 16,156.18 -$ 17,554.18|
(** Tuition and Fees may be subject to change.)
(*Prices may vary according to clinic/lab/vendor)
|License, Licensing Exam (Application Fee, NCLEX, finger print/background
check and jurisprudence exam)
|Pictures (Optional)||$ 50.00|
|Cap, Gown, Tassel. (for graduates, Optional)||$ 50.00|
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
National League of Nursing Preadmission Examination Information
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