Nursing is one of the most rewarding and challenging careers an individual can choose. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares graduates to provide and manage client care and to become members within the discipline of nursing. Intrinsic to the three roles of the nurse – provider of care, manager of care, and member of the discipline – are the eight core components of nursing practice. The eight core components are:

  • Professional behaviors
  • Nursing process
  • Communication
  • Clinical decision making
  • Caring interventions
  • Teaching/learning
  • Collaboration
  • Managing care

These core components are introduced, developed, and built upon through the curriculum.

The Associate Degree Nursing curriculum is organized around a clearly defined conceptual framework and combines general education and nursing courses. The nursing courses correlate classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of community agencies.

Transportation to the community agencies is the responsibility of each student.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Once licensed, Registered Nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings, ranging from but not limited to, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice care facilities, physician/doctor offices, and/or rehabilitation facilities.

Nursing is a portable career. Careers may be found throughout the country. Graduates may pursue additional education avenues (bachelor’s and master’s degrees or certifications); as they do so, more focused opportunities will become available, such as a Nurse Practitioner.

Wage/Salary Information

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Program Home Campus

Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) Edgewood campus. However, pre-requisites and general education classes may be offered and taken at other GCTC campuses.

Entry time

Application is available during the fall term, typically in August, for a spring admission.


Associate in Applied Science degree

Program Length

Associate degree: One to two semesters of pre-requisite coursework and two years of nursing coursework.

This estimate is based on a full-time schedule of 12 or 15 credit hours per semester and after successful completion of all required developmental coursework.

Progression in the Associate Degree Nursing program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or greater in each biological science, nursing and mathematics course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or greater (on a 4.0 scale).

Nursing Advising Sheet (PDF) 
Pre-Nursing Advising Sheet (PDF)

Associate in Applied Science

  • Nursing

Prerequisite Requirements

Applicants to the nursing program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and must complete the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of ‘C’ or greater on their official transcript before applying to the nursing program:

MAT 150 – College Algebra

CIT 105 – Introduction to Computers (or passing score on the IC3 digital literacy exam)

PSY 110 (or PSY 100) – General Psychology

BIO 137 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Successful completion of the biological sciences (BIO 137, 139, and 225) must have been within 5 years prior to the first day of nursing courses. (Note: Only BIO 137 is required as a pre-requisite.)

CPR 100 – CPR for Healthcare Professionals*
If adult, child, and infant CPR training was taken outside of Gateway, one of the following is acceptable as a healthcare provider: American Red Cross, National Safety Council, American Heart Association, and American Safety and Health Institute. The training must be done in-person; online certification is not acceptable.

NAA 100 – Nursing Assistant Skills I* (Must be active on the KY Nurse Aide Registry at the time of application to the program.)
Applicants must provide documentation of a) successful completion of a minimum 75-hour nursing assistant course (State Nurse Aide class) and b) validation of being active on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry. The documentations must be attached to the application. You can find the appropriate documentation on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website.

Completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V)
The TEAS V was designed for many nursing schools to see how much an applicant has retained from pre-requisite classes. It is used as a predictor of academic success in nursing programs. Applicants must have completed the TEAS V prior to applying for the ADN program. Beginning with the date of the student’s initial TEAS V attempt, the test may be taken two (2) times per one (1) year period. There must be a minimum of thirty (30) days between test dates. Scores will not be accepted

Refer to the Nursing Advising sheet for more details regarding the pre-requisites.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are ranked on a point system.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Application for admission to the college
  • Official high school transcript verifying graduation or official passing GED scores
  • Official transcript from each college or university previously attended
  • Healthcare Provider Level CPR certification and Active Status on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry
  • Successful completion of program pre-requisites
  • Attendance at the mandatory Pre-Admission Conference
These pre-admission conferences will be held at the Edgewood Campus: 790 Thomas More Parkway, Edgewood, KY 41017. The dates and locations for the upcoming fall conferences will be announced when the application period opens. 

Admission and Ranking Criteria

Applicants are ranked on a point system based on two criteria, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) (see note about TEAS below) and Math and Science Coursework. Acceptance into the program will be based on rank order. All applicants not selected in the first round will be placed on an alternate list. Alternates will be notified for admission if positions become available prior to the start of semester classes. A new applicant and alternate list is started each application period; names do not move forward. A new application and all required documentation must be submitted for each admission period.

All application materials and requirements are published on the nursing webpage at Gateway.

During the admission application period, mandatory Admission and Ranking Criteria Conferences are held. Attendance is required in order to apply for admission to the Nursing program.

Applicants who have previously been admitted to another nursing program, and who have earned a failing grade (D, E, F or WF) in a nursing course or program, may not be accepted for admission to the GCTC Nursing Program. Please contact the Nursing Division for more information.


Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN):

LPNs have the option to go into the applicant pool for first semester of the nursing program or possibly earn advanced placement and be admitted into the second semester of the nursing program.
LPN’s applying for advanced placement must:

  • Meet all admission requirements of the GCTC Nursing Program and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Have completed all pre-requisite courses required for admission into the second semester of the nursing program. (the LPN license will replace the NAA 100 –Nursing Assistant class)
  • Hold an active, unrestricted Kentucky practical nursing license
  • Have practiced as an LPN full-time for at least one full year within the past three years. This employment is defined as patient/client contact and must be verified by the employing agency /agencies using the standardized verification of employment form obtained from the Nursing Administrative Assistant, Kelli Rieskamp, Room 207 A, in the Nursing and Allied Health Science Center at the Edgewood Campus.
  • LPNs who graduated more than three years prior to the first semester in which they would be enrolled in the GCTC ADN program must provide verification of current employment.
  • Demonstrate NSG 101 competency by:

a) scoring a level II on the ATI Fundamentals exam, b) scoring a 90% or higher on a NSG 101 dosage calculation exam and c) demonstrate competency in NSG 101 skills. These exams and the skills competency demonstration can be taken only once and the applicant must successfully complete each exam and the skills demonstration to be admitted into the second semester nursing courses. A specific date for the competency exams will be announced during each application period. Applicants who are not successful with competency exams or skills demonstration can elect to enter the applicant pool for NSG 101 by following the application process for admission to the ADN program.

Background Check and Drug Screen Notification

Clinical facilities utilized by the Gateway Nursing Program require students to have clear background checks and drug screens and can deny student participation in clinical rotations at their facilities. Since clinical participation is required to meet the nursing course outcomes, if a facility denies a student admittance to clinical, the student will not be able to progress in the nursing program. GCTC does not accept responsibility for any student being ineligible for clinical participation based on background checks or drug screens and continued enrollment in the ADN program. If a student does not have a clear background check and/or clear drug screen, the clinical facilities have the right to deny the student from participating in clinicals. The clinical facilities have the right and are responsible for determining the background check and drug screen guidelines and requirements. Clinical participation is required for students to progress in the nursing program; if a clinical facility denies admittance to a student then they will not able to progress in the nursing program.

Kentucky Board of Nursing Criminal Conviction Notification

Note: The Kentucky Board of Nursing may deny a nursing graduate admission to the NCLEX-RN Exam if an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony which involves acts that bear directly on the qualifications of the graduate to practice nursing. Applicants are encouraged to visit the KBN website at: for more information.  


Kelli Rieskamp, Sr. Administrative Assistant for Nursing & Allied Health
Office: Edgewood Campus, NAHSC - Room 221I
Phone: (859) 442-4189



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