Nursing | ACTC


Program Contact
Terri Ratliff MSN, RN
Nursing Program Administrator


Granted Approval by the Kentucky Board of Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing 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 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, and 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 courses correlate classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of community agencies.

What are my career options?

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

Getting Started

What are my degree, diploma, and certificate options?

Nursing - AAS: 62-66 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS Requirements

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

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What Else Do I Need to Know?


Granted Approval by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.



Granted Continuing Accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

In compliance with the ACEN Disclosure of Information about an Accredited Program policy, we are sharing the final decision of the Board of Commissioners following the most recent self-study report submitted and site visit conducted in the fall of 2021. 

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Ashland Community and Technical College located in Ashland, Kentucky is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions. 

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Additional Contact

Terri Ratliff MSN, RN
Nursing Program Administrator

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