Associate Degree Nursing | BCTC

Associate Degree Nursing (to become an RN)

Program Mission Statement

photo of an instructor and 2 students in a clinical environmentIn support of the BCTC's mission of transforming the Bluegrass Region - one student, one employer, and one community at a time, the Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares program graduates to successfully complete the National Council Licensure Examination to become registered nurses. The program curriculum combines general and nursing education that is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Nursing Education (ACEN) and is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The program faculty support transfer education for a baccalaureate degree and workforce skills through faculty efforts in student access, success, and completion of educational goals.

R N Careers 2019 RankingBluegrass ADN program has two campuses that prepare students to become registered nurses. The Leestown campus offers classes during the day, and our Lawrenceburg campus offers classes in the evening and weekend.

Career Path

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Admission Requirements

Initial Admission

  • Attend one of the scheduled pre-admission conferences.
  • Submit completed application packet to the Office of Admission no later than February 15th.
  • Submit a completed application for admission to BCTC if you are not a current student.
  • Official transcripts for ALL colleges, universities, and/or vocational schools attended since high school.
  • NLN PAX RN Exam, must be current within 3 years. (NOTE: Exam can be taken every 3 months)

You may be admitted to the program before completing the pre-requisite classes, but the courses must be successfully completed before enrolling in the Nursing 101 course.

Students applying for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program are admitted through a selective admissions process.

The application process is competitive and based upon NLN PAX-RN Examination and GPA. Contact the Assessment Center at (859) 246-6669 for information and to schedule these exams.

Admission is open to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, or handicap.

Admission Ranking Category

Advanced Standing Admission Ranking
Category Admission Ranking
1

BCTC Readmit Students

NLN PAX-RN:

  • Reading Score: ≥ 45%
  • Science Score: ≥ 45%
  • GPA: ≥ 2.0
  • Comprehensive Score: ≥ 99
2

LPN students

NLN PAX-RN:

  • Reading Score: ≥ 45%
  • Science Score: ≥ 45%
  • GPA: ≥ 2.5
  • Comprehensive Score: ≥ 99
3

Transfer students

NLN PAX-RN:

  • Reading Score: ≥ 55%
  • Science Score: ≥ 55%
  • GPA: ≥ 2.75
  • Comprehensive Score: ≥ 105

**All NLN PAX-RN exams must be three years or less upon applying to the nursing program. Students can retake the NLN PAX-RN exam every 3 months. Students will be ranked within each category by 1st Reading score; 2nd science score; 3rd GPA; 4th comprehensive score

Initial Admission Ranking Categories
Categories Admission Ranking
1

NLN PAX-RN:

  • Reading Score: ≥ 60%
  • Science Score: ≥ 60%
  • GPA: ≥ 3.0 / High School GPA: ≥ 3.0
  • Comprehensive Score: ≥ 111
2

NLN PAX-RN:

  • Reading Score: ≥ 55%
  • Science Score: ≥ 55%
  • GPA: ≥ 2.75 / High School GPA: ≥ 2.75
  • Comprehensive Score: ≥ 105
3

NLN PAX-RN:

  • Reading Score: ≥ 50%
  • Science Score: ≥ 50%
  • GPA: ≥ 2.50 / High School GPA: ≥ 2.50
  • Comprehensive Score: ≥ 100

**All NLN PAX-RN exams must be three years or less upon applying to the nursing program. Students will be ranked within each category by 1st Reading score; 2nd science score; 3rd GPA; 4th comprehensive score. A student will be allowed to repeat the NLN PAX-RN exam every 3 months.

Pre-requisites

The following must be completed before entering the first nursing course, but these courses are not required to be completed before applying:

  • Any math course that meets the AA or AS degree with a grade of "C" or better
  • General Psychology (PSY 110)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 137) with a grade of "C" or better
  • Prior to enrolling in Nursing 101, students must provide documentation of required immunizations, CPR certification, active status on the Medicaid Nurse Aide Registry.

Deadlines to Apply

  • February 15th - Fall New Admits Fall Semester
  • June 15th - Readmits & Transfers (3rd Semester) Fall Semester
  • November 15th - LPN to RN Bridge, Readmits & Transfers for Spring Semester

Advanced Standing Admission

Students who qualify as Advanced Standing

  • Have taken nursing courses at an accredited college.
  • Have taken nursing courses at BCTC.
  • Successfully graduated from PN program (LPN to RN Bridge for Spring semester).

Criteria for Advanced Standing Admission

  • Attend one of the pre admissions conferences for Nursing.
  • Submit a completed application for admission to BCTC if you are not a current student.
  • Official transcripts for ALL colleges, universities, and/or vocational schools attended since high school.
  • NLN PAX-RN Exam, must be current within 3 years.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from previous clinical nursing for (readmit or transfer students only).

All "advanced standing" application packets must be received in the Office of Admissions by the deadline date in order to be considered for advanced standing admission to the nursing program. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Office of Admissions at (855) 246-2477.

Deadline for Advanced Standing Applicants

  • Fall Semester - June 15th
  • Spring Semester - November 15th

Program Length

The length of the Associate Degree Nursing program, including general education courses is five semesters. Please refer to the ADN Program Curriculum for information regarding nursing course sequencing. Nursing courses are only offered in the semesters indicated.

Credentials Offered

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible by coursework to take the NCLEX-RN. Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN and licensure by a state Board of Nursing permits the graduate to seek employment as a Registered Nurse.

Program Outcomes

Fall 2019 Program Evaluation

Lexington Campus Initial Admission Cohort
Year BCTC Number Tested BCTC Annual Pass Rate BCTC 3 Year mean NCLEX pass rate ADN National NCLEX pass rate
2019 65 95% 96% 86.46%
2018 62 94% 94% 85.11%
2017 73 97% 94% 84.24%
Lawrenceburg Campus Initial Admission Cohort
Year BCTC Number Tested BCTC Annual Pass Rate BCTC 3 Year mean NCLEX pass rate ADN National NCLEX pass rate
2019 39 97% 84% 86.46%
2018 32 78% 80% 85.11%
2017 29 72% 81% 84.24%
Lexington Campus LPN Admission Cohort
Year BCTC Number Tested BCTC Annual Pass Rate BCTC 3 Year mean NCLEX pass rate ADN National NCLEX pass rate
2019 9 89% 89% 86.46%
2018 13 77% 87% 85.11%
2017 6 100% 92% 85.24%
Lawrenceburg Campus LPN Admission Cohort
Year BCTC Number Tested BCTC Annual Pass Rate BCTC 3 Year mean NCLEX pass rate ADN National NCLEX pass rate
2019 4 100% 100% 86.46%
2018 5 100% 100% 85.11%
2017 6 100% 100% 84.24%
  • percentage of initial admission students who complete the ADN program in six semesters
  • percentage of LPN admission students who complete the ADN program in 5 semesters
Campus and Cohort Group Cohort Year Completion Rate
Lexington Campus - initial admission 2016-2019 61%
Lexington Campus - initial admission 2015-2018 63%
Cooper Campus - initial admission 2014-2017 70%
Lawrenceburg Campus - initial admission 2016-2019 70%
Lawrenceburg Campus - initial admission 2015-2018 54%
Lawrenceburg Campus - initial admission 2014-2017 69%
Lawrenceburg Campus - LPN's 2017-2019 75%
Lawrenceburg Campus - LPN's 2016-2018 86%
Lawrenceburg Campus - LPN's 2015-2017 100%
Lexington Campus LPNs Cohort Group Cohort Year Completion Rate
LPN's 2017-2019 81%
LPN's 2016-2018 73%
LPN's 2015-2017 73%
Survey Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Response Rate 62/105 = 59% 52/91 = 57% 34/80 = 43%
Recommend this program to others 87% 65% 88%
Satisfaction with BCTC nursing program 92% 80% 88%
BCTC prepared me for the role of the RN 87% 75% 88%
Satisfaction Survey 2018 (n=19) 2017 (n=15) 2016 (n=19)
Demonstrates professional behaviors 95% 100% 100%
Demonstrates clinical reasoning skills 100% 93% 84%
Demonstrates communication skills 95% 93% 89%
BCTC nursing program prepares their graduates for the role of RN 95% 100% 89%
Number of graduates who are working as a RN at six months post-graduation
Graduation Class Response Rate Job Placement at six months
2019 Alumni Survey (graduate 2018) 62/105 = 59% 97%
2018 Alumni Survey (graduate 2017) 52/91 = 57% 92%
2017 Alumni Survey (graduate 2016) 34/80 = 43% 100%