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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)?

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).


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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.

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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.

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

Alicia Husted

Leestown Campus

(859) 246-4614

Dr. Melanie Sallee

Danville Campus

(859) 246-6868
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