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Practical Nursing


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What Is Practical Nursing (PN)?

The Practical Nursing Program, approved by the Kentucky State Board of Nursing, combines classroom instruction with hands-on skill labs and supervised clinical instruction in local health care and/or other community facilities. Graduates who meet the program's academic and the Kentucky Board of Nursing requirements may apply to the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

Bluegrass PN program has two campuses that prepare students to become licensed practical nurses.

Program Information

Practical Nursing Program Outcomes

Following completion of the Practical Nursing Program the graduate will: 

  1. Promote the human dignity, integrity, self-determination, and personal growth of patients, oneself, and members of the health care team (human flourishing).
    1. Contribute to developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally competent, individualized plans of care focusing on services and activities that promote health and independence, maintain or restore health, or support a peaceful death and advocate for access and quality of care for patients.
    2. Reinforce teaching/learning processes to facilitate the patients informed decision-making to support and achieve positive outcomes that demonstrates respect for diverse patients.
  2. Provide a rationale for judgments used in the provision of safe, quality care and for decisions that promote the health of patients within a family context (nursing judgment).
    1. Utilize the nursing process and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a basis for clinical judgment to optimize outcomes of care for the patient, family, and community.
    2. Establish and maintain effective/therapeutic communication in collaboration with patients, families, significant others, and members of the health care team;
    3. Provide nursing care through effective organizational skills and appropriate delegation within the scope of practice.
  3. Assess how one’s personal strengths and values affect one’s identity as a nurse and one’s contributions as a member of the health care team (professional identity).
    1. Use principles of advocacy, quality, and safety, and caring to assist in improving healthcare outcomes.
    2. Exhibit professional behaviors/practice as defined by the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing.
    3. Employ ethical and responsible use of technology to locate, use, and communicate information to improve the quality and safety of patient care and the life and employability of graduates.
  4. Question the basis for nursing actions, considering research, evidence, tradition, and patient preferences (spirit of inquiry).
    1. Consider evidence-based literature/research for use in nursing practice.
    2. Recognize need for continuous learning within the nursing profession.

Practical Nursing Program Philosophy

The statement of philosophy and the objectives of the program are consistent with the philosophy and mission statement of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and are supported by the works of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Education Competencies, Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN), and Abraham Maslow. 

Practical Nursing Mission

We prepare graduates for current and future employment, lifelong learning, and independence in an ever-changing healthcare environment.

Practical Nursing Core Values

Core Values are those elements of Practical Nursing that are essential to entry level practical nursing practice and are a part of the four competencies of nursing practice: human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry. Core Values of this program are caring, diversity, excellence, and integrity.

How to Apply

If you are interested in a BCTC Nursing Program please make an appointment. The button below will open a new window. 

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Pre-Nursing Advisor: Kylie Pemberton

NOTE: Prior to scheduling an appointment below complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the free BCTC Admissions application process (new window)
  2. Have all official transcripts from all colleges, universities and technical schools sent to BCTC Admissions.

Candidate's questions can be addressed at pre-admission conferences. Therefore, each candidate must attend a pre-admission conference prior to applying to the Practical Nursing (PN) Program.

Pre-Admission Conference Dates for Students Applying to Danville Campus – Starts in August 2024.
Date Location Time
Friday, January 26, 2024 Danville Campus, Room 118 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday, February 23, 2024 Danville Campus, Room 118 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12, 2024 Danville Campus, Room 118 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2024 Danville Campus, Room 118 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Program Placement

In the event that the number of applicants exceeds maximum capacity, a college admission committee will determine student selection. Students will be notified by email regarding admission into the Practical Nursing program. Each college will determine the admission committee membership.

Please note that admission to the Practical Nursing program is not based on a selective admissions process at this time. We may elect to choose a selective admissions process for future academic years.

Admissions to a BCTC Practical Nursing Program

  1. If you are not already a student at BCTC, complete an application and list your major as Associate of Science Degree. This will allow you to complete the pre-requisite general education courses needed for the program.
  2. Attend a mandatory preadmission conference with the Program Coordinator for the campus you are interested in; dates will be listed on the program website. Students will receive a link to apply to the program at the conference. Attendance will be recorded at each conference.
  3. Register for and take the ATI: TEAS Entrance Exam. Official scores of the ATI:TEAS Entrance Exam must be current within three (3) years. The exam can be taken every 30 days up to 3 times a year.  A minimum score of 41.3 is needed to apply to the Practical Nursing program.

    Official ATI:TEAS prep material can be found at

    To schedule the exam, please visit the ATI:TEAS website (new window) and select BCTC as your testing location. For more information, contact the Assessment Center at (859) 246-6669 or email After you test and have the official scores sent to BCTC, they will post those to People Soft and you will include the composite score with your program admission application.

  4. Your application will be reviewed by the program coordinator, and you will be notified via KCTCS email of the acceptance decision.
  5. Once accepted, you will attend a mandatory program orientation to complete paperwork and get more specific information about the program.

Danville Campus Program Coordinator

Dr. Melanie Sallee
DNP, RN, Program Coordinator

Lexington (Leestown) Campus Program Coordinator

Mrs. Holly Matthews
MSN, BSN, Program Coordinator

Nursing at the technical level involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. All students should possess sufficient:

  1. visual acuity, such as is needed in preparation and administration of medications, and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and nursing care;
  2. auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, IV infusion pumps, Doptones, fire alarms, etc.;
  3. gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment required in meeting health needs;
  4. physical strength and endurance to be able to access patients as well as provide patient care for extended periods of time. This may include transporting patients and equipment within a facility, standing or being mobile for 8-12 or more hours, constant standing and walking, lifting up to 50 pounds;
  5. communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the individual’s interest; according to KAR 314.051 (1) (c) An applicant is able to understandably speak and write the English language and to read the English language with comprehension; and
  6. intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.


Danville Campus

Dr. Melanie Sallee
DNP, RN, Program Coordinator

Jennifer Carney
BSN, RN, Instructor

Lorri Phillips
BSN, RN, Instructor

Lexington Campus

Holly Matthews
MSN, BSN, Program Coordinator

Rachael Clipson
BSN, RN, Instructor

Estimated Expenses for the Practical Nursing Program:

All fees and costs noted below are subject to change without notice. This represents the best estimates at the time this list was prepared.

Description Estimated Cost
Uniforms and Accessories $175.00
Supplies for clinical/lab (watch with second hand, stethoscope, school name badge, penlight, bandage scissors, calculator, lab kits) (required for all semesters) $200.00
TB skin test, MMR and varicella vaccination and/or titer, TDAP vaccination, flu and COVID vaccination, hepatitis vaccine-optional-recommended. Costs will vary depending on lab, prior immunizations and insurance coverage. Varies
On-line immunization/drug screen/back ground check tracking service $100.00
Examsoft testing service access $50.00/semester
ATI resources, including Live Review course $2400.00
Books all three semesters $1150.00
Tuition - total required for all semesters, full-time, in state resident, and fees (subject to change) based on 53 credits; see the Tuition & Costs page for the cost per credit and other fees $10,300.00
Kentucky Board of Nursing Application Fee (for licensure) $125.00
NCLEX Fee for Licensure Examination (for licensure) $200.00
Criminal Background check and fingerprinting for Licensure Application, jurisprudence exam (for licensure) $50.00

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What are my career choices?

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

The catalog describes the course requirements for completing the credential. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

Length of program

You can earn diploma in practical nursing in less than one year if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog . You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Connie Lamb, PhD, RN


Associate Dean, Director of Nursing

(859) 246-6792

Program Coordinator

Holly Matthews, MSN, RN

Leestown Campus

(859) 246-6352

Dr. Melanie Sallee

Danville Campus

(859) 246-6868
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