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Associate Degree Nursing

PINWhat is a registered nurse?

Registered Nurses (RN’s), both independently and as a member of a team, provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions. The nursing program at WKCTC prepares graduates to fulfill the professional roles of the RN with a curriculum that combines general education and nursing courses that correlate classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of community agencies. These professional roles include human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry.

Graduates of the Associate Degree Program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

CalculatorWhere could I work? What will it pay?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Community clinics
  • Home healthcare
  • Rehabilitation and nursing care facilities
  • Schools
  • Correctional facilities
  • Serve in the military
  • Business and industry
  • Travel companies

The range of wages for RNs is as follows:

  • Average annual national wage: $69,790 ($33.55/hr)
  • Average annual Kentucky wage: $58,000 ($27.87/hr)
  • Average annual Western Kentucky wage: $50,250 ($24.16/hr)


ClockHow long will this program take?

It will take a minimum of five (5) semesters to get an associate degree in nursing.

Our LPN-RN accelerated track allows completion in one year.

For length of time to get a diploma or certificate AND for a complete list of required courses:
click on "What credentials are available?" to access specific academic plans.

BookWhat credentials are available? (Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Associate Degree — Nursing | Download the academic plan

An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.


There are no diplomas available for this program.

Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.

G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.


There are no certificates available for this program.

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

ChartHow do I apply for this program?

The nursing program admits a class every fall and spring. The application deadline for the fall semester is March 1 and the deadline for the spring semester is July 1

1. Attend a pre-admission conference.

Nursing pre-admissions conferences will be held in the WKCTC Allied Health Building in Room E105 at 4 p.m.

Pre-Admission Conferences

2. Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community & Technical College if not currently enrolled.

3. Submit an official transcript of all previous college work.

4. Submit score results of the ACT or National League for nursing pre-admission RN Exam or Evolve Admission Assessment Exam.

Enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing program may be limited because of available health care facilities in the community, as well as faculty/student ratios required by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The admissions point scale is designed to objectively evaluate applicants. Applicants with the highest total points will be admitted to the program.

Download the Selective Admission Points

LPN-RN Accelerated Track

Current licensed practical nurses, once admitted, have an opportunity to receive up to thirteen (13) hours of advanced standing, completing the nursing program in one year. Download the LPN-RN Accelerated Bridge information

Transfer Student

The nursing program does accept transfer requests from applicants desiring to transfer from another nursing program.

Download the transfer information

TelephoneWho can help me? What else do I need to know?

Nursing Office
Christen Chapman
Nursing Administrative Assistant

Program Coordinator
Shari Gholson, MSN, RN, CNE

CPR certification at healthcare provider level, proof of immunizations, background checks, and drug screens are required after a student is admitted and prior to starting the first semester of the nursing program.

View an estimate of major fees or purchases that are required while in the nursing program

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AcceptAccreditation / Program Success

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

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