Nursing Fast Path for High School Students
Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) and local high schools teamed up to allow students the opportunity to admit directly from high school into the OCTC nursing program. Students selected for OCTC’s Fast Path Nursing will have the opportunity to complete a nursing degree within two years of graduation from high school!
Graduates will earn an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree. Program graduates are prepared to apply and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). OCTC has an exceptional pass rate for students taking the test for the first time. OCTC’s associate degree nursing program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation.
In order to qualify for Fast Path nursing students must be approved by their high school and have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA. The next step is to apply to OCTC as a dual credit high school student.
So how does it work?
Interested students take the prerequisites for the nursing program while still in high school. You can flex schedule these courses but they must be taken before high school graduation.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|NAA 100||Nursing Assistant||3*|
|ENG 101||English (also called AP English 4)||3*^|
|MAT 150||College Algebra||3*^|
|BIO 137||Anatomy & Physiology I||4*|
#OCTC Dual Credit taken at OCTC on campus or at approved high school.
*OCTC Dual Credit taken at OCTC on campus, online or at approved high school.
^This course meets your 4th high school requirement.
Frequently Asked Questions
For the 2022-2023 academic year, dual credit students receive a discounted tuition rate of 50% ($91/per credit hour).
Students in Kentucky public or private high schools, or Kentucky home schools, in Grades 11 or 12 may apply for the Dual Credit Scholarship. For more information, visit https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/dual_credit?main=1
Students can also apply for the Work Ready Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship. This scholarship is available to students enrolled in approved Career and Technical Education coursework leading to a high-demand credential. For more information, visit https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/work_ready_high_school?main=1
We will send tuition bills via U.S. mail. Fall tuition is due in November. Spring tuition is due in April. If you do not receive a bill, your tuition was most likely covered by one of the scholarships or dual credit waivers.
You can log on to your Student Self-Service and check your balance to confirm that your tuition was paid. NOTE: Bills will reflect the discount of the regular tuition (shown as a “KCTCS Dual Credit Waiver”) resulting in a tuition charge at the discounted rate. For questions about your bill, contact our Business Office at 270-686-4669.
Required Courses calculated into your GPA:
|Course Number||Course Name|
|NAA 100||Nursing Assistant Skills|
|MAT 150||College Algebra & Functions|
|PSY 110||General Psychology|
|BIO 137||Human Anatomy & Physiology I|
Additional courses that may be calculated into your GPA (when completed before March 1 of your Senior year):
|Course Number||Course Name|
|BIO 139||Human Anatomy & Physiology II|
|BIO 225||Medical Microbiology|
|ENG 101||Writing I|
|A heritage or humanities course|
Your cumulative college GPA and your Nursing GPA will both be considered for admission. You will get credit for the highest GPA.
Approval from the high school and a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. Composite score on ACT of 20 or higher OR ATI TEAS composite score of 58.7 or higher (by March 15 of Senior year).
College GPA-2.75 or higher in the nursing courses above. NAA 100 and SRNA licensure (You are responsible for testing and liability insurance fees approx-$130).
Yes! Tutoring is available and it is FREE! OCTC offers tutoring in every subject through
the Teaching and Learning Center located in the lower level of the Learning Resource
As an OCTC student, you have access to your student information online once you activate your self-service account.
- Visit our website at https://owensboro.kctcs.edu/ and select Quick Links>Current Students.
- Select “User Account Center.”
- Select “Setup User Profile” and enter your KCTCS student ID number (002XXXXXX) and your birthdate and month.
- Once you create your password, you can log in to our student information system with your KCTCS username by visiting our website and selecting “MyPath”
- Grades are posted to your Student Self-Service at the end of each semester. NO grade reports are mailed.
- Federal laws (FERPA) prevent OCTC personnel from sharing information with parents.
If you take the TEAS at OCTC, you will not need to do anything. We will pull the scores from atitesting.com and enter them in as part of your student record. If you tested at another KCTCS college you may be able to have someone at that campus enter your scores into PeopleSoft. If not, you must go to ATI’s online store at www.atitesting.com and request transcripts. There is a $27 charge (subject to change). Transcripts are sent immediately by email.
For more information on the ATI TEAS Assessment as well as information on purchasing a study guide and online practice tests, please visit www.atitesting.com, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are accepted into the nursing program, you’ll want to get a head start on the following tasks: fill out a new OCTC admissions application to update your status as a high school graduate (check first time college student, even though you are not). Ask your high school guidance counselor to send your final high school transcript with your graduation date to OCTC Student Records.
Complete your FAFSA at studentaid.gov.