Registered Nurse - Nursing College in Hazard, KY | HCTC

Become A Registered Nurse

Learn key nursing skills to provide full patient care including communication with doctors and administering medications. Nurses work in various settings and can advance to specialty areas.

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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 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.

Effective February 28, 2022, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on February 28, 2024.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000


Pre-Admissions Conference Dates

The program will host several opportunities for a pre-admissions conference so requirements about the program and program application can be shared. Register for a conference at least six months prior to the program application deadline.

Pre-Admissions Conference Registration

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

Associate Degree Nursing

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 April 1st 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
  • Application to the program (completed during the preadmission conference).  This must be completed on an annual basis.
  • 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)

Admission Criteria

  • 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

Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.

Preference for admission is giving to applicants with the following criteria:

  • Applicants with an NLN-PAX score greater than 110.
  • Applicants who have completed 12 or more college credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better from any regionally accredited college.
  • Kentucky residents and applicants within the HCTC service area

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
Item Approximate Cost
Tuition - per semester (Kentucky resident) $182 per credit hour (62-66 hrs) 
(This includes general education courses)
$11,284 - $12,012
Fees: Mandatory College Fee $8 per credit hour
 Resource Fee (Kaplan/Examsoft)**
 Liability Insurance * $11 per semester

$ 496 - $528 
$ 44.00

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) 

$ 30.00

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 *

$ 25.00

Covid Vaccine*


Tdap* $ 30.00
Laptop $300 - $800

(** Tuition and Fees may be subject to change.)
(*Prices may vary according to clinic/lab/vendor)

Item Cost
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

HCTC PN-RN Bridge Program Option

To be eligible

  • The LPN must have graduated within the past 3 years from their LPN program or provide documentation that they have worked 1 year as an LPN within the past 3 years.
  • They must meet program requirements and admission criteria. 
  • Applicants who hold an unencumbered license in Kentucky as a LPN may receive credit for NSG 101 upon admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program. If a minimum score of 75 is achieved on the NLN-NACE Exam. 

Applicants are permitted to take the NLN -PAX and if benchmark is met, they may start in the first semester.

Hazard Community and Technical College Transfer Information Link 

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.

ADN Program Checksheet

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).


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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 your state's licensing/ certification board to determine if your chosen path of study will meet their requirements. After successful completion of the Registered Nursing Program at Hazard Community and Technical College, the graduate is able to sit for the NCLEX-RN Exam to gain licensure. KCTCS and HCTC continuously reviews licensure information and provides information about state's licensure status, search your state and program.

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Nursing Coordinator


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