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What Is Nursing?

Nursing is one of the most exciting and vital careers in todays economy. If you are interested in helping people and learning about the incredible science of the human body, a nursing career might be for you! OCTC's Associate Degree Nursing program (ADN) prepares its graduates to provide the highest quality care.

The ADN program prepares graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination in order to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

For those students who are Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) wishing to pursue their Associate Degree in Nursing in order to become an RN, OCTC offers the LPN to ADN program option.

CNEA Accredited Badge for Owensboro

Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

  **Kentucky Board of Nursing Benchmark Data**

NCLEX Pass Rates

  • 2012 - 95% Pass Rate
  • 2013 - 97% Pass Rate
  • 2014 - 95% Pass Rate
  • 2015 - 96% Pass Rate
  • 2016 - 92% Pass Rate
  • 2017 - 97% Pass Rate

Pass rates for OCTC and all other Kentucky Schools of Nursing can be found on the KBN website.

OCTC ADN Program Mission Statement

The mission of the OCTC ADN Program is in accord with the Mission Statement and Core Principles of OCTC and supports the core values of the National League of Nursing of Caring, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence. The primary aim of the program is to prepare entry-level registered nurses as providers of care across the health/illness continuum to a culturally diverse population in a variety of healthcare settings.

These core beliefs enable the OCTC Associate Degree Nursing program to prepare nurses to:

  • collaborate with other members of the healthcare team
  • be effective communicators
  • demonstrate leadership
  • commit to life-long learning
  • think critically
  • promote health and the quality of health care

What are my career choices?

There are many job opportunities as a Registered Nurse that include, but are not limited to, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, child care centers, educational facilities, physician's offices, etc.

Licensed practical nurses perform a variety of tasks in hospitals, offices, and clinics which include:

  • bedside care
  • evaluation of client needs
  • planning and implementation of care
  • supervise nursing assistants
  • taking vital signs
  • applying dressings
  • administering medicines
  • make appointments
  • keep records
  • perform various medical duties

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?



Nursing Program Readmission Policy

  • Submit a Readmission Application to the Director of Nursing addressing the following:
    1. semester and course to which the student is requesting readmission
    2. reason(s) for previous unsuccessful progress in the nursing program
    3. plans to increase chances for success if readmitted
  • Meet current guidelines for admission.
  • If seeking readmission into a Medical/Surgical course or 2nd Pharmacology course score 78% on a retained competency exam covering the content for the last successfully completed nursing course.
  • If more than three (3) years have elapsed since initial enrollment in the first nursing course, an applicant must repeat all nursing courses and will no longer be considered a "readmit" student.
  • References from faculty will be obtained by Director of Nursing and are weighted heavily in the decision to readmit a student.


Program Contact

Teresa Hamilton
Nursing Student Affairs Specialist

Terri Lanham RN, MSN
Director of Nursing

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