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What Is Nursing?

Registered Nurses (RNs), 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).

What are my career options?

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

What are my degree, diploma, certificate options?

  • 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.

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.

How 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.
  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. Traditional students must submit score results of the ACT or National League for Nursing (NLN) Preadmission Exam or Evolve Admission Assessment Exam.
  5. Practicing LPN's applying to the LPN-RN Accelerated Program must submit results of the National League for Nursing Accelerated Challenge 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.

Selective Admission Points Scale


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-ADN Accelerated Bridge information

Transfer Student

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

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Additional Information

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.

Additional Resources / Training

Field Licensure Requirements

In addition to completing the program, students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination to become a licensed as a registered nurse.

Accreditation / Program Success

Associate Degree Nursing: The Associate Degree Nursing program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College located in Paducah, KY is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE,  Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree nursing program is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Pursuant to the Kentucky Board of Nursing regulation 201 KAR 20:340, Learn more about benchmark data for nursing programs in the state of Kentucky.

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