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Practical Nursing


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

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What Is Practical Nursing (PN)?

Offered at Leestown (Lexington) and Danville campuses!

Extended deadline at Danville campus for the Fall 2023 cohort – taking applications until June 30 or when seats are filled.

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).

Following successful completion of the Practical Nursing Program and NCLEX-PN, the graduate will:

  • Assume the role of a competent, caring practical nurse in a variety of settings.
  • Use the human caring phenomena and the nursing process in providing nursing care.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and responsibility for maintaining nursing competence by pursuing personal and professional development.
  • Communicate effectively with all members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate accountability of practice with adherence to ethical and legal standards of the profession.
  • Employ ethical and responsible use of technology to skillfully locate, evaluate, use, create, and communicate information to improve the quality and safety of patient care and the life and employability of graduates.

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN)
312 Whittington Parkway
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone 800-305-2042

View the public information disclosed by the KBN regarding BCTC PN programs (new window).

Additional Information

Kentucky Board Of Nursing
312 Whittington Pky, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222-5172
1-800-305-2042 or 502-429-3300, Ext. 238 or 243


HealthCare Jumpstart Program

Through a collaborative program with UK HealthCare and Kentucky school districts, get started on a healthcare-focused program at BCTC and earn credits for college and high school graduation at the same time. Learn more about the HealthCare Jumpstart program.

Transfer Opportunities

Are you interested in earning a Bachelor's degree after BCTC? Please visit our Transfer Services page to learn about Transfer from BCTC to another institution.


The mission of the Practical Nursing Program is to prepare students to provide nursing care commensurate with the knowledge and skills required by the scope of practice of the licensed practical nurse as defined by the Kentucky State Board of Nursing.

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.

Extended deadline at Danville campus for the Fall 2023 cohort – taking applications until June 30 or when seats are filled.

Practical Nursing (LPN) is a Selective Admissions program. Visit the Selective Admissions: Practical Nursing page for the complete application process.

Please contact program coordinator, Dr. Melanie Sallee at for access to the mandatory virtual pre-admission conference.


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 require:

  • Sufficient visual acuity, such as is needed in preparation and administration of medications, and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and nursing care.
  • Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health care 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.
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment required in meeting health needs.
  • Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the individuals interest; According to KAR 314.051 (1)(c), an applicant for a license to practice as a licensed practical nurse shall file with the board a written application for a license verified by oath, that the applicant:
    • Is able to understandably speak and write the English language and to read the English language with comprehension.
  • Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.


Leestown Campus
Dana Bernard
(859) 246-6813 

Danville Campus
Jennifer Carney
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, $182.00 per credit hour, and fees (subject to change) based on 53 credits $10,100.00
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 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 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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