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PN Program Curriculum & Additional Requirements

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Requirements for Practical Nursing Program

This list is intended as a guide but may change as mandated by the college and/or the clinical health care facility.


These three requirements are pre-requisites and proof of meeting these requirements must be provided during the first week of the semester.

  • *Digital Literacy: CIT 105 or equivalent Introduction to Computers.
  • Class must be completed with a course grade of at least a 2.0 (C).
  • 0-3 credits or successful completion of IC3 (special exam for computer literacy credit).

*Medicaid Nurse Aide (MNA100) or Nursing Assistant (NAA100) or Equivalent course (coordinator will determine)

0-3 credits.

Must have active status on the Kentucky Medicaid Nurse Aide Registry or successful completion of an MNA, NAA, or equivalent course within the past three years prior to entering NPN 100, NPN 105, and NPN 110. Proof may be provided through a transcript, proof of class completion if no transcript or active status statement from the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) web site. An active status statement can be obtained, without cost, from the KBN website:

*CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for the Healthcare Professional (CPR100)

0-1 credits.

CPR100 or equivalent course (coordinator will determine). Must be CPR for the Healthcare Professional. If completed online, proof of demonstration of skills in person must be provided. Only an online class with in person skills demonstration will be accepted.

Proof of Immunizations

Proof of clinical requirements must be provided within the first two weeks after the start of the semester

Proof of immunizations is required by the agencies and facilities used for clinical experiences. A copy of the Immunization Report with updates must be submitted to the Nursing faculty by the date announced or the student will be dropped from the program. The immunizations required may change per facility request and other immunizations besides those identified may be required.


Documentation of a MMR vaccine or a positive titer (this is a blood test that shows immunity) for Mumps, Rubella and Rubeola. If the titer is non-reactive or negative, then a MMR vaccine must be taken or documentation by a physician of having Rubeola, Rubella, and Mumps diseases. If born in 1957 or later: two MMR vaccinations since the age of one, or documentation by the individual s health care provider that he/she has had Mumps, Measles, and Rubella or negative titers for Mumps, Measles, and Rubella.

Hepatitis B vaccine recommended or waiver to decline vaccination is required.

Flu vaccine required.

Immunity to Varicella (Chicken Pox):

  • Documentation from a health care provider of previous chicken pox illness/disease.
  • Positive antibody titer OR
  • Immunization with Varicella vaccine. Full immunization requires a series of two vaccinations or a booster if titer is negative or low.

Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or proof of no active Tuberculosis Annual TB screening is required while the student is enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program. The negative PPD must be within the last six months before the start of the clinical. If positive, a written statement from a physician that the individual does not have active TB is required.

*Note: Students attending the PN program at Danville Campus have additional clinical requirements as mandated by Ephraim McDowell Hospital:

  • Proof of a 2-step TB skin test six weeks prior to the first clinical day and then annual TB skin testing thereafter.
  • Positive Varicella titer or Varicella immunization.
  • Tdap vaccine (good for 10 years from date given).


Must acquire professional liability insurance through college (at nominal fee).

Background Check

Kentucky State Board of Nursing Criminal Convictions Regulation

If a clinical facility requires a satisfactory criminal background check as a prerequisite for clinical practice, students must submit to a background check and meet this requirement.

The Kentucky Administrative Regulation 201 KAR 20:370 authorizes the Kentucky Board of Nursing to deny, limit, revoke, suspend, or take other action against an applicant or licensee who is guilty of the offenses or conduct specified in KRS 314.091. Applications for licensure by examination are therefore reviewed for eligibility. Candidates for licensure by examination may be denied application in relationship to the candidate s criminal conviction record. Copies of the board s information regarding this regulation may be obtained on the Kentucky Board of Nursing web site: