Registered Nurse - Nursing College in Hazard, KY | HCTC

Become A Registered Nurse

Learn key nursing skills and practice them in a variety of real-world settings.

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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 judgement, 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

Date Time Registration
10/11/21 7:00 p.m. Virtual Conference – Register Here

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 Tranfers

Associate Degree Nursing

The ADN degree will allow you to transfer in to a Bachelors of Nursing program at most four year institutions.

How do I get started?

Acceptence into the Register Nursing programis based on a selective admisssion process.  In order to be considered for admisssion, applicants must comply with the college and program admission requirements prior to March 15, 2019 for admission into NSG 101 for Fall 2019.

Begin by attending a Nursing Pre-admission Conference.  Conference are scheduled through out the academic year on the Hwy-15 and Technical Campuses in Hazard and at the Lees College Campus in Jackson.  You can find the conference schedule <here>. 

If there is not a date that works with your schedule please contact Coordinator Martin or Kathleen Couch.

As a part of the application you will need to submit the following:

  • Application to Hazard Community and Technical College (Click here
  • 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.

Admission Criteria

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 appplicants 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

What do I need to complete prior to starting the program?

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 quantative 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

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 . You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Additional Information

Progression in the Registered Nursing program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of "C" or better in each course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale).

National League of Nursing Preadmission Examination Information

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Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program meets state and authorization for Kentucky residents. If you live or plan to live outside of the state of Kentucky, consult with you state's licensing/ certification board to determine if your chosen path of study will meet their requirements. KCTCS and HCTC continously reviews licensure information and provides information about state's licensure status, search your state and program.

Program Contact

Christina Martin

Nursing Coordinator


Pre-Admission Conference Contact

Kathleen Couch