Program Admission Requirements / Guidelines | ACTC

Program Admission Requirements / Guidelines

  • Students are admitted to the program in the Fall Semester of each year.
  • To be considered for the Associate Degree Nursing program, applicants must comply with college and program application requirements before the deadline.
    • Traditional track (4 semesters) – February 1
    • LPN to A.D.N. track (3 semesters) – April 1
    • Military Medic track (4 semesters) – April 15
  • For Military Medic to A.D.N. only:  Potential student who has achieved Level 10 status as a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) – 68W – may be awarded credit for up to 6 credit hours from the clinical component in the 1st and 2nd semesters of the A.D.N. program.  Must have an active 68W or DD214 Honorable Discharge to be considered for selective admissions.
  • For LPN to A.D.N. only:   Graduated from a state-approved Practical Nursing program within the past year *OR* evidence of continuing education in related courses within the past year *OR* evidence of working full-time as an LPN for one year in the past three (3) years.
  • If a student is selected for fall admission, the student must complete all pre-requisite courses with a “C” or higher before the first day of class in August.
  • A minimum GPA 2.5 is required to be considered for the Associate Degree Nursing program.
  • Healthcare Provider (BLS) CPR requirements must be completed before enrolling in the first nursing course and must be kept current throughout the program
  • All students admitted to the program are required to submit documentation of immunizations, including but not limited to Hepatitis B, MMR, Tdap, and results of a recent TB skin test. Students enrolled in nursing courses are also required to complete a drug screen and background check arranged through the program at their expense to participate in learning at various clinical sites.
  • The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) may deny a nursing graduate admission to the NCLEX-RN Exam if an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony that involves acts that bear directly on the qualifications of the graduate to practice nursing.
  • Enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing program may be limited because of available clinical / laboratory facilities, as well as limited faculty and financial resources.
  • Admission is open to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status and without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, or disability.
  • In addition to other qualifications, the college will, in compliance with KCTCS regulations and the manner and to the extent permitted by law, endeavor to provide opportunities to all students to promote diversity among the student population in the Associate Degree Nursing program
  • Progression in the Associate Degree Nursing program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” in all the curriculum courses and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Documentation of successful completion of a minimum 75-hour nursing assistant course, or its equivalent, is required before enrolling in the first nursing course.  To be admitted to the program, the applicant must be listed on the State Nurse Aide Registry*. It can be from any state not necessarily in Kentucky.
    • For LPN to A.D.N. track* – An unencumbered, non-restricted active LPN license is required before enrolling in the first nursing course.
  • The fee schedule is on the Associate Degree Nursing website.  In addition to tuition, Associate Degree Nursing students are responsible for transportation to various health agencies, purchase of books and online resources, purchase of liability insurance, purchase of uniforms, and other required supplies
  • Acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing program is based on a selective admissions process. Refer to the nursing application for the point system.  Students earn points for:
    • Completed exam scores (Points awarded for only one score)
    • ACT score 20 and above
    • SAT score 1020 and above
    • NLN score 100 and above
    • Global college GPA above 3.0 (must have earned 12 college credits in 100 or higher-level classes) or High School GPA above 3.0 (if less than 12 college credit hours earned) or GED scores total above 660.
    • Additional points for the LPN to A.D.N. track
      • If you have graduated from the ACTC Practical Nursing program in the last 3 years
      • If you have earned an 850 and above on the LPN to A.D.N. HESI exam

Application to the nursing program does not guarantee admission.

Applicants with no points in the selective admissions process will not be considered for admission.

In the event, multiple students have the same selective admission score,

the student(s) with a higher Global GPA will be admitted.

Students will be notified of acceptance status via KCTCS email.