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What Is Nursing?

Nursing is one of the most exciting and vital careers in today’s economy.  If you are interested in helping people a nursing career might be for you!  OCTC’s Associate Degree Nursing program (ADN) graduates are ready to provide the highest quality care.

The ADN program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Exam – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).  In order to become a Registered Nurse (RN) students must pass the NCLEX-RN and gain licensure from a state Board of Nursing.

We offer two program options.  Our traditional ADN Program enables State Registered Nursing Assistants (SRNAs) to become RNs.  We also have an option that enables current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to complete an ADN to become an RN.

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OCTC's ADN program is accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), and approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN).

KBN Program of Nursing Benchmarks

OCTC Nursing Program Outcomes

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.

In addition job opportunities for Register Nurses include:

  • Industry
  • Informatics
  • Camp Counselors
  • Crisis/Prison Facilities
  • Legal/Forensic Counselor
  • Faith/Missionary Communities
  • Transplant/Genetic Agencies
  • Insurance/Research Companies

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

For most students, it will take a minimum of five (5) semesters to complete a nursing degree.

Nursing Admission Criteria

Nursing at the technical level involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. All students should possess:  

1. Sufficient visual acuity, such as is needed in preparation and administration of medications and for the observation necessary for patient assessment and nursing care. 

2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health team and to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, IV infusion pumps, Doptones, fire alarms, etc.  

3. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement the skills, including the manipulation of equipment required in meeting health needs. 

4. Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the individuals' interest.

5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for individuals.  
 

In addition to the other qualifications, the college will, in compliance with Kentucky Community and Technical College System regulations and in the manner and to the extent permitted by law, endeavor to provide opportunities to all students in order to promote diversity among the student population in the Associated Degree Nursing Program.

The Owensboro Community and Technical College Associate Degree Nursing Program is a selective admissions program.  Space is limited.  

1. The Nursing Admissions Committee reviews the list of applicants, who are objectively ranked by points.    

2. The Nursing Admissions Committee determines the number of applicants who will be admitted.  The number of admissions may vary from semester to semester.  

3. Applicants, who have not been previously admitted to a Nursing Program, with the highest total points are offered seats.  Students seeking readmission are considered not only by point ranking but also by faculty recommendation, readmission application and results of the competency exam (see readmission for more details).  

4. Other qualified applicants who are not accepted for admission are placed on a waiting list (may not apply to students seeking readmission).  Applicants on the waiting list may be admitted, if space becomes available.

In order to gain admission into the nursing program applicant(s) must meet the application deadline.  Applicants who desire admission in the fall must apply and submit all required documentation on or before March 1. Applicants who are applying for spring admission must submit all required documentation on or before September 1: 

1. Submit a current application for admission to Owensboro Community and Technical College;  

2. Submit transcripts of postsecondary work completed at other institutions (not within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System);  

3. View the online Pre-Admission Conference for each admission cycle here;  

4. Complete the Personal Data Form application for each admission cycle;  
 

Meet one (1) of the two (2) criteria listed below:  
     a. American College Test (ACT) composite score of 20 or above  

     b. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) composite score of 58.7% or higher.  

 

6. Meet one (1) of the two (2) listed below: 

     A. Earn a minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated on the basis of all completed General Education courses required for the nursing program.  In order for a grade to be considered, it must be available on or before the application deadline.  Grades in PSY 110, a Quantitative Reasoning course at the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science level (MAT 150 preferred), BIO 137, BIO 139, BIO 225, ENG 101, and a heritage or humanities course will be included in the calculation, when completed.  If an applicant has taken more than one heritage or humanities course, the course with the highest grade will be used in the Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation.   

     B. Earn a minimum 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated on all college courses taken within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and applicable transfer credit.

Note: For the purposes of ranking, an applicant’s highest Grade Point Average (GPA) (see option 6a and option 6b above) will be used for admission.
 

7. In order to be considered for Nursing Program admission, students must have successfully completed PSY 110, a Quantitative Reasoning course at the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science level (MAT 150 preferred), and BIO 137.  Grade of “C” or higher in the Quantitative Reasoning and Science courses required.

 

8. Preference within each applicant pool may be given to applicants demonstrating proof of a prior Allied Health Degree involving direct patient care and who are actively employed in that field for 12 of the past 36 months, as well as applicants who have earned a college degree in any field of study and Veterans (see Point System for details).  

-Complete Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 137), a Quantitative Reasoning course at the Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) level (College Algebra – MAT 150 strongly preferred), and General Psychology (PSY 110).  A grade of “C” or higher is required in math and science courses

-Obtain “Active Status” on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry.  Go to the Kentucky Board of Nursing website here to check your status.

-Gain certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider certification from either the American Heart Association (AHA) or the American Red Cross (ARC) is required.  

-Attend a mandatory orientation before your first nursing class begins.  The date and time will vary semester to semester.  Applicants who are accepted into the program will receive a notification of the day and time shortly after accepting a seat in the first nursing course.

“Direct admission” (early notification of acceptance) will be considered for students who are seeking admission to the nursing program for the first time.  Students who have had unsuccessful attempts (grade of “D”, “E”, “W” or the equivalent) for nursing classes in any nursing program, including OCTC, will not be considered for “direct admission”.  Students must have a complete application on file and meet the following requirements: 

 

1. Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher is required for “Direct Admission”.  Applicants must have completed PSY 110, a Quantitative Reasoning course at the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science level (MAT 150 preferred) and BIO 137.  Note:  A qualifying Grade Point Average (GPA) can include either the Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated with the grades of completed General Education courses required for the Nursing Program or the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of all college courses taken within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and applicable transfer credit.

2. Students seeking “Direct Admission” Must meet one (1) of the two (2) criteria listed below:  
     a. American College Test (ACT) composite score of 25 or above 

     b. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) minimum composite score at the “Advanced” level (78% or higher).  

 

The waiting time for notification of “direct admission” will vary and depends upon available resources.  Typically, an applicant will be notified of his or her early acceptance within ten (10) business days.  Applicants can request a meeting when applying to verify eligibility for early acceptance.  “Direct admission” will occur on a first come, first serve basis.  

The system guidelines will be followed except:  

Applicants who wish to transfer from one Kentucky Community and Technical College System Nursing Program or other nursing programs must:  

 

1. Meet all admission requirements of the receiving institution;   
 

2. Notify the Coordinator/Director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program in writing, stating anticipated entry date and reason for transfer; and 
 

3. Request the Coordinator/Director from the program previously attended to submit a letter to the receiving institution indicating the student is in good standing in both the clinical and didactic setting.  
 

Applicants previously admitted to another nursing program other than Owensboro Community and Technical College, and who have earned a failing grade (defined as a grade of D or below or withdraw status) in a nursing course or program are ineligible for transfer.  However, applicants who are transferring from another college and desire entry into NSG 101 (or its equivalent) may be eligible for admission.  Students granted NSG 101 (or its equivalent) admission must repeat all nursing courses in the curriculum in order to successfully complete the program (regardless of the grades earned in previous attempts, when applicable).     

  

Transfer into the program may be limited due to availability of clinical facilities, faculty and financial college resources. Applicants will be considered for transfer only if a vacancy exists. 

Applicants will be ranked for admission based on an objective point system.  Points will be awarded using the following method:

 

1. Up to 100 points will be awarded based on the applicant’s qualifying Grade Point Average (GPA) in all completed General Education Courses required for the Nursing Program or cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for all college courses taken within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and applicable transfer credit.  
a. Points will be awarded for either the Grade Point Average (GPA) in all completed General Education Courses required for the Nursing Program or cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of all college courses taken within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and applicable transfer credit, not both.
b. Points will be awarded for the best Grade Point Average (GPA).  In other words, points will be awarded for either the completed General Education courses required for the Nursing Program Grade Point Average (GPA) or cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) for all college courses taken within the Kentucky Community and Technical College and applicable transfer credit, based on the most points an applicant can receive.
c. Only applicants with a Grade Point Average (GPA) - General Education courses required for the Nursing Program or cumulative of all college courses taken within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and applicable transfer credit - of 2.75 or higher will be eligible for admission.
 

2. Applicants will receive up to 100 points for a qualifying American College Test (ACT) or Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score.  
a. To be eligible for admission, applicants must achieve either a composite score of >20 on the American College Test (ACT) or a “proficient” score (58.7) or higher on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) assessment.  b. Points will be awarded for either the American College Test (ACT) or Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score, not both.
c. Points will be awarded for the best standardized test score.  In other words, points will be awarded for either American College Test (ACT) or Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) based on the most points an applicant can receive.
 

3. Applicants may receive points for achievement of a degree and/or active employment for 12 of the past 36 months.  Applicants seeking additional points in the categories below will be required to submit proof of degree and/or work experience.
a. An applicant who earned a degree in an Allied Health field of study and has relevant work experience (at least 12 of the past 36 months) will receive 25 points 
b. An applicant who earned a Master’s degree or higher will receive 25 points
c. An applicant who earned a Bachelor’s degree will receive 20 points
d. An applicant who earned an Associate degree will receive 10 points
e. Veterans with experience in healthcare while in the military will receive 15 points.
f. An applicant who is a Veteran (no healthcare experience while in the military) will receive 5 points.  
g. An applicant can obtain a maximum of 25 points in this category (3a-3f) and will only be awarded points for the highest degree earned.
 

4. The maximum number of points an applicant may receive is 225 points.

GPA Point ChartTEAS Point Chart

Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN-RN) candidates will be ranked according to the same criteria as the Associate Degree Nursing student and must meet all requirements listed for admission (with the exception of State Registered Nurse Aide licensure). Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN-RN) applicants are required to demonstrate:  

In order to gain admission into the nursing program applicant(s) must meet the application deadline.  Applicants who desire admission in the fall must apply and submit all required documentation on or before March 1.  Applicants who are applying for spring admission must submit all required documentation on or before September 1: 

1. Submit a current application for admission to Owensboro Community and Technical College;  

2.Submit transcripts of postsecondary work completed at other institutions (not within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System);  

3. View the online Pre-Admission Conference for each admission cycle here;  
 4. Complete a Personal Data Form application for each admission cycle Please embed link to updated preadmission conference – see attached PowerPoint;  
 

5. Meet one (1) of the two (2) criteria listed below:  
                            a. American College Test (ACT) composite score of 20 or above  

b. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) composite score of 58.7% or higher.  

 

6. Meet one (1) of the two (2) listed below: 

      a. Earn a minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated on the basis of all completed General Education courses required for the nursing program.  In order for a grade to be considered, it must be available on or before the application deadline.  Grades in PSY 110, a Quantitative Reasoning course at the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science level (MAT 150 preferred), BIO 137, BIO 139, BIO 225, ENG 101, and a heritage or humanities course will be included in the calculation, when completed.  If an applicant has taken more than one heritage or humanities course, the course with the highest grade will be used in the Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation.   
     b. Earn a minimum 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated on all college courses taken within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and applicable transfer credit.

Note: For the purposes of ranking, an applicant’s highest Grade Point Average (GPA) (see option 6a and option 6b above) will be used for admission.
 

7. In order to be considered for Nursing Program admission, students must have successfully completed PSY 110, a Quantitative Reasoning course at the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science level (MAT 150 preferred), and BIO 137.  Grade of “C” or higher in the Quantitative Reasoning and Science courses required.

 

8. Preference within each applicant pool may be given to applicants demonstrating proof of a prior Allied Health Degree involving direct patient care and who are actively employed in that field for 12 of the past 36 months, as well as applicants who have earned a college degree in any field of study and Veterans (see Point System for details).  
 

9. Evidence of active status, unrestricted licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Kentucky or another compact state (on or before the first day of NSG 219/NSG 212 or their equivalent)  

 

10. Evidence of continuing student status or employed as a full-time Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 12 of the past 36 months

  

11. Demonstrate competency by meeting benchmark score of 78% on the first attempt of a comprehensive exam equivalent to the first nursing course content  

 

12. Demonstrate competency by meeting benchmark score of 78% on the first attempt of a dosage calculation exam equivalent to the first nursing course content  

 

Accepted Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN-RN) candidates will be granted placement into the 2nd semester Associate Degree Nursing courses (NSG 219 and NSG 212).  

In order to be considered for readmission by the Nursing Admissions Committee, the applicant must:  

 

1. Meet current college guidelines of 2.0 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA).  Grade Point Average (GPA) in all previously attempted general education and nursing courses required for the nursing program will be considered. Additionally, the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) in all college courses completed within the Kentucky Community and Technical College and applicable transfer credit will be determined. Grade of “C” or higher in the Quantitative Reasoning and Science courses required.  
 

2. Submit a readmission application published by the program detailing:  

a. semester and course to which the student is requesting readmission  

b. reason(s) for previous unsuccessful progress in the nursing program  

c. plans to increase chances for success if readmitted 

 

3. Demonstrate competency by meeting benchmark score of 78% on the first attempt of a comprehensive exam equivalent to the content of the prior successful semester completed if seeking readmission into a Medical/Surgical course

 

Students may be readmitted to the Nursing Program one time. Students will be afforded no more than two (2) opportunities for successful completion of the Nursing Program.  The Nursing Admissions Committee will consider the recommendation of Nursing Faculty, the Readmission Application and results of the competency exam (when applicable) for all students seeking readmission.  The Nursing Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider an additional attempt for students who exit the program under extraordinary circumstances or applicants with previous nursing school unsuccessful attempts in which five (5) years or more has passed.     

 

Readmission must occur within three (3) years of the initial admission date. If more than three years have elapsed since initial enrollment in the first nursing course in any registered nursing program, an applicant must repeat all nursing courses.  

 

Readmission to the Nursing Program will be dependent upon available resources.  

 

Readmission – Fundamentals of Nursing 

Applicants previously admitted to a fundamental nursing course (NSG 101 or its equivalent) at Owensboro Community and Technical College will be considered for readmission to NSG 101 (or its equivalent) one time.  The Nursing Admissions Committee will consider the recommendation of Nursing Faculty, the Readmission Application and results of the competency exam (when applicable) for all students seeking readmission.  A student will be afforded no more than two (2) attempts to successfully complete the Nursing Program.  The Nursing Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider an additional attempt for students who exit the program under extraordinary circumstances or applicants with previous nursing school unsuccessful attempts in which five (5) years or more has passed.  

 

Applicants previously admitted to another nursing program other than Owensboro Community and Technical College, and who have earned one (1) unsuccessful attempts (defined as a grade of D or below or withdraw status) in a nursing course or program are eligible to be considered for admission.  

 

Applicants previously admitted to another nursing program other than Owensboro Community and Technical College, and who have earned two (2) unsuccessful attempts (defined as a grade of D or below or withdraw status) in a nursing course and/or program are ineligible for admission.  The Nursing Admissions Committee reserves the right to consider students who exit a program under extraordinary circumstances or applicants with previous nursing school unsuccessful attempts in which five (5) years or more has passed.   

 

Students who apply for readmission will be considered on a case-by-case basis and not by point ranking alone.

 

Students who are granted readmission into NSG 101 (or its equivalent), must repeat all nursing courses in the curriculum in order to successfully complete the program (regardless of the grade earned in previous attempts, when applicable).   

THINGS TO KNOW

  • All communication will be through the KCTCS student email. Students are responsible for checking their KCTCS student email account throughout the entire admission process.
  • To schedule your TEAS exam, contact WorkforceSolutions at (270) 686-4444. TEAS exam requires a photo ID and your KCTCS Student ID number.  For more information on the TEAS, visit the TEAS Information and Test Dates page.
  • The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) reserves the right to deny, limit, revoke, probate, suspend or take other action against an applicant or licensee with criminal convictions that bear directly on an individuals qualifications or ability to practice nursing. For more information and to visit the KBN's website.
  • The estimated cost of the Nursing Program is available here.  
  • Currently enrolled nursing students can locate the Nursing Student Handbook in BlackBoard.  An electronic copy of the Nursing Student Handbook is available to others by request. 

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Nancy Wilson

Nursing

Nursing Student Affairs Specialist

270.686.4581

nancy.wilson@kctcs.edu

Lori Sharp Donahoo DNP, RN, CNE

Nursing

Director of Nursing

270.686.4548

lori.donahoo@kctcs.edu