Practical Nursing | BCTC

Practical Nursing (to become an LPN)

Offered at Leestown (Lexington) and Danville campuses

Nursing with no Patch

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).

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.

Mission

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.

Pre-Nursing Advising Appointments

If you are interested in a BCTC Nursing Program please make an appointment here.

Pre-Nursing Advisor: Kylie Pemberton

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

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

2022-2023 Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Advanced Standing, and Practical Nursing (LPN) Conference Dates

Danville Campus
Date Location Time
February 7, 2023 Room 118/120 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Lawrenceburg Campus
Date Location Time
September 27, 2022 Room 106/107 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
October 25, 2022 Room 106/107 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
February 21, 2023 Room 106/107 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Leestown Campus
Date Location Time
September 8, 2022 Building C - Room 136 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
October 20, 2022 Building C - Room 136 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
February 2, 2023 Building C - Room 136 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Winchester Campus
Date Location Time
October 5, 2022 Winchester Campus 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
February 16, 2023 Winchester Campus 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Selective Admission: Practical Nursing (LPN)

Apply to Practical Nursing Program

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.

Practical Nursing Program

Coordinators

Alicia Husted
Practical Nursing, Leestown
Office: Building A, Room 220
(859) 246-4614
alicia.husted@kctcs.edu

Dr. Melanie Sallee - Danville Campus
Office: #103F
(859) 246-6868
melanie.sallee@kctcs.edu

Practical Nursing Faculty

Leestown Campus

Dana Bernard
(859) 246-6813
dana.bernard@kctcs.edu

Rachael Clipson
(859) 246-6796
rachael.clipson@kctcs.edu

Megan Confliffe
(859) 246-66992
megan.conliffe@kctcs.edu

Danville Campus

Kristy Wethington
BSN, RN, Instructor
kristy.wethington@kctcs.edu

Jennifer Carney
BSN, RN, Instructor
jennifer.carney@kctcs.edu

Traditional Practical Nursing Program

  • Take the ATI: TEAS Exam
  • Current "BLS Provider" card from the American Heart Association (CPR 100)
  • Successful completion of a Medicaid Nursing Assistant or equivalent course or NAA 100 within three years of beginning the Nursing Program, or proof of active status on the Medicaid Nurse Aide Registry.

Students must meet KCTCS minimum college readiness benchmarks and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for admission and throughout the program.

Pre-Requisites/Co-Requisites Credit Hours
BIO135* OR BIO137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & BIO139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4-8
ENG101 Writing I OR Oral Communication (COM 181 or 252) 3
Pre-Requisites/Co-Requisite Total 7-11
 
First Semester Credit Hours
NPN100 Intro to Nursing & Health Care System 2
NPN105 Development of the Care Giver Role 6
NPN110 Pharmacology I 2
First Semester Total 10
Second Semester Credit Hours
NPN201 Child Bearing Family 3
NPN125 Mental Health Nursing 3
NPN130 Pharmacology I 3
NPN135 Introduction to Health Deviations 6
Second Semester Total 15
Third Semester Credit Hours
NPN200 Med/Surg I 5
NPN205 Med/Surg II 5
NPN215 Nursing Trends & Issues 1
NPN210 Clinical Practicum 4
Third Semester Total 15

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR PROGRAM: 47-51

Note: 25% of Total Program Credit Hours must be earned at Bluegrass Community and Technical College

*Co-Requisites must be completed prior to the second semester of the program, with the exception of the Oral Communications or English course which can be completed any time prior to graduation.

  • A Letter grade of "C" or higher is required for all courses used for the Practical Nursing diploma.
  • Each course must be taken within the semester in which it is listed, from the first through third semester.
  • Successful completion of each course in each semester is required before one may progress to the next semester of the program.
  • Failure to complete the delineated sequencing of the courses and curriculum will result in withdrawal from the program.

Practical Nursing Program - Pathway 3 - Danville Campus

  • Current "BLS Provider" card from the American Heart Association (CPR 100)
  • Successful completion of a Medicaid Nursing Assistant or equivalent course or NAA 100 within three years of beginning the Nursing Program, or proof of active status on the Medicaid Nurse Aide Registry.

Students must meet KCTCS minimum college readiness benchmarks and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for admission and throughout the program.

Pre-Requisites Credit Hours
ENG101 Writing I 3
AHS115 Medical Terminology 3
BIO135* or 4
BIO137 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & 4
BIO139 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4
Pre-Requisite Total 10-14
First Semester - Fall Credit Hours
NPN106 Nursing Fundamentals 6
NPN107 Nursing Pharmacology 5
NPN125 Mental Health 3
First Semester Total 14
Second Semester - Spring Credit Hours
NPN201 Childbearing Family 3
NPN203 Med Surg Nursing 1 6
NPN204 Med Surg Nursing II 6
Second Semester Total 15
Third Semester - Summer I Credit Hours
NPN210 Clinical Practicum 4
NPN225 Nursing Leadership and Management 2
Third Semester Total 6

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR PROGRAM: 45-53

Note: 25% of Total Program Credit Hours must be earned at Bluegrass Community and Technical College

* BIO requirement must be completed before starting second semester of PN program.

  • A Letter grade of "C" or higher is required for all courses used for the Practical Nursing diploma.
  • Each course must be taken within the semester in which it is listed, from the first through third semester.
  • Successful completion of each course in each semester is required before one may progress to the next semester of the program.
  • Failure to complete the delineated sequencing of the courses and curriculum will result in withdrawal from the program.

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