Pre-nursing admission conference presentation notes with frequently asked questions:


In support of the BCTC mission of providing quality education and learning, the mission of the Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares program graduates to pass the National Council Licensure Examination to become registered nurses. The program curriculum combines general education and nursing education and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The program faculty support lifelong learning and workforce development through faculty efforts in continuing education and community service.


  • CPR for the healthcare provider (AHA)
  • SRNA (Active Status on the Nurse Aide Registry)
  • Take the NLN PAX-RN exam
  • Create a SAS account


  • Any Math courses that meets AA or AS Degree requirement
  • BIO 137 Anatomy & Physiology I (Grade of “C” or better)
  • PSY 110 General Psychology
Initial Admission:
February 15, 2020
Advanced Standing Deadline:
  • For Spring 2020 - November 15, 2019 (LPN, BCTC re-admits or transfers)
  • For Fall 2020 – June 15, 2020 (BCTC readmits only)
  • NSG 101 (Nursing Practice I) 9 credits
  • BIO 139** Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credits
  • NSG 219 Medical Surgical Nursing I- 7 credits
  • NSG 212 Behavioral Health Nursing- 3 credits
  • ENG 101 Writing -I 3 credits

For LPN applicants:

  • NSG 195 Transition to ADN- 4 credits
  • NSG 212 Behavioral Health Nursing- 3 credits
  • ENG 101 Writing I- 3 credits
  • NSG 229 Medical Surgical Nursing II- 7 credits
  • NSG 211 Maternal Newborn Nursing- 3 credits
  • BIO 225** Medical Microbiology- 4 credits
  • NSG 229 Medical Surgical Nursing II: 7 credits
  • NSG 211 Maternal Newborn Nursing: 3 credits
  • BIO 225** Medical Microbiology: 4 credits
  • NSG 239 Medical Surgical III: 6 credits
  • NSG 213 Pediatric Nursing: 3 credits
  • Heritage/Humanities course: 3 credits
  • CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • Proof of active status on the Medicaid Nurse Aide Registry or equivalency
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Sequence Course Credits
Summer Session    
Mathematics Math that meets the AA/AS degree 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology I BIO 137 4
General Psychology PSY 110 3
Fall Semester – Year 1    
Nursing Practice 1 NSG 101 9
Human Anatomy and Physiology II BIO 139 4
Spring Semester – Year 1    
Medical Surgical Nursing 1/Transition to ADN NSG 219/NSG 195 7/4
Behavioral Health Nursing NSG 212 3
Writing 1 ENG 101 3
Fall Semester – Year 2    
Maternal Newborn Nursing NSG 211 3
Medical Surgical Nursing II NSG 229 7
Medical Microbiology BIO 225  
Spring Semester – Year 2    
Pediatric Nursing   3
Medical Surgical Nursing III NSG 213 6
Heritage/Humanities/Language NSG 239 3
Total Credit Hours   60-63
Criteria to be considered Advanced Standing:
  • License Practical Nurses (LPN’s) seeking admission must have graduated from a LPN program of study within one year of admission to the nursing program or provide verification of at least one year of full-time employment within the last three years.
  • Currently enrolled practical nursing student within KCTCS with plans to graduate prior to Spring semester admission. (Must be licensed as LPN at the time of graduation from ADN program)
  • Enrolled and took nursing courses at BCTC or another college (approval from Coordinator)
  • LPN will receive nine (9) credit hours for NSG 101
  • Any Math course that meets the AA or AS requirement
  • BIO 137 Anatomy & Physiology I (Grade of “C” or better)
  • BIO 139 Anatomy & Physiology II (Grade of “C” or better)
  • PSY 110 General Psychology
  • *Letter grade of “C” is required for all nursing courses, biology, and math courses.



  • Reading Score: > 60%
  • Science Score > 60%
  • GPA > 3.0 / High school GPA > 3.0
  • Comprehensive Score: >111


  • Reading Score: > 55%
  • Science Score > 55%
  • GPA > 2.75/ High school GPA > 2.75
  • Comprehensive Score: >105


  • Reading Score: > 50%
  • Science Score > 50%
  • GPA > 2.50/ High school GPA > 2.50
  • Comprehensive Score: >100

BCTC Readmit Students

  • Reading Score: > 45%
  • Science Score > 45%
  • GPA > 2.0
  • Comprehensive Score: > 99

LPN students


  • Reading Score: > 45%
  • Science Score > 45%
  • GPA > 2.5
  • Comprehensive Score: > 99

Transfer students


  • Reading Score: > 55%
  • Science Score > 55%
  • GPA > 2.75
  • Comprehensive Score: >105
  •  Visual acuity
  • Auditory perception
  • Gross and fine motor coordination
  • Communication skills
  • Intellectual and emotional function
  • Immunizations:
    • Hepatitis B series
    • Tdap (current within 10 years)
    • Flu vaccine
    • MMR (2 injections)
    • Varicella (2 injections)
    • TB screening(2 step or quantiferon or IGRA antibody
  • Criminal Background Check via Castlebranch
  • Drug Screening via Castlebranch
  • All Nursing courses contain both lecture and clinical components. Didactic content is team taught, on both campuses by full time faculty. Campus labs are also taught by full time faculty. Clinical is taught by full time faculty and adjunct faculty.
  • As part of the clinical component of the course, students will have one hour per week in campus lab, where various skills are presented and then in small groups will be assigned an additional hour each week to practice the skill with faculty supervision. The student learning outcomes for the course are achieved through a variety of planned educational activities that are described in the course outline for each course. Students evaluate their progress as defined by these student outcomes
  • A team approach to teaching is the underlying foundation of all the nursing courses. The nursing faculty members in each course collaborate with the course leader to carry out the various activities of the course and to assist the students in meeting their learning outcomes
Tuition - per semester (Kentucky resident) (as of fall 2020)

$174 per credit hour plus

$8.00 per credit hour student fee

Uniforms and Accessories Approx. $175.00
Nursing Books $1100.00 - $1200.00
Laptop for testing $300 – 800.00
(Chrome notebooks not allowed)
CPR for Health-Care Providers or Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer* $ 50.00
MMR (2)* See Health Care Provider
TB Skin Test (PPD)* or Quantiferon See Health Care Provider
Hepatitis B Series* See Health Care Provider
Varivax Series or Titer* See Health Care Provider
Influenza vaccination $25.00
Tdap vaccination $80.00
Liability Insurance* Included in tuition fee
Castlebranch account (Background check, drug screen and immunization tracker) $100.00
Nursing Skill pack $50.00 – 150.00 each semester
Examsoft testing software $78.00 annually in fall semester
ATI resource including Live Review course $589.50 for 1st semester/ 559.50 remaining semester

All costs are subject to change without notice. Approximate Costs to Students

How long does it take to complete the ADN program?

Five semesters

Can I finish quicker if I take more nursing courses per semester?

No. Each nursing course must be taken prior to or concurrent with the semester sequence in which you are enrolled.

What grade do I need to make to pass a nursing course?

“C” = 77%

Do you accept nursing courses from other nursing programs?

If you have taken courses in another program, you must make an appointment with the Program Coordinator to review your transcript.

How many days per week do I need to be on campus?

Four days

What degree will I graduate with when I complete the program?

Associate in Applied Science- Nursing

Where will I be able to work?

Hospitals, long term care facilities, clinics, home health

How many students does the program admit?

90 at Lexington campus and 40 at Lawrenceburg campus

Can I work while I am in nursing school?

Yes, but it is not recommend to exceed 20 hours per week.

Where do we go to do clinical?

CHI-SJH, UK Healthcare, Baptist Health Lexington, VA Medical Center

What is the difference between a BSN nurse and ADN nurse?

There are three tracks to become a RN, BSN, ADN, Diploma. All three programs, graduates sit for the NCLEX exam and will become licensed as a RN

What does the job market look like for RN’s in the Bluegrass area?

In the past three years, >95% of our graduates were working as RN’s by six months post graduation.

Can I take some nursing courses prior to be accepted into the program?

No, you must be first accepted into the program before you can take any nursing courses. We encourage you to take the co-requisites prior to starting the program.

Can I take any courses on-line?

Currently we do not have a long-distance program.

Can I apply to the program before taking the pre-requisites courses?

Yes you can. You will be admitted on the contingency that the pre-requisites will be completed prior to starting the program.