Nursing Requirements | GCTC

Nursing Requirements


Pre-Requisites and Certifications 

  • BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
  • CPR 100 CPR for Healthcare Professionals 
  • MAT 151 Intro to Applied Statistics (or higher-level Quantitative Reasoning course) 
  • NAA 100 Nursing Assistant Skills I 
  • PSY 110 General Psychology 

Additional Admission Requirements Prior to Applying for the Nursing Program 

  • A grade of C or greater in all pre-requisite and co-requisite courses 
  • 2.5 cumulative GPS or above (on a 4.0 scale) in all pre-requisite and co-requisite courses 
  • Completion of the NLN RN Pre-admission Exam (NLN PAX) 
  • Active status on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry (must remain active until successful completion of NSG 101) 
  • Current qualified CPR certification - BLS (Basic Life Support) for the Healthcare Provider 
  • To be considered for admission, applicants must comply with college and program admission requirements. 
  • Applications will be available in the fall semester for spring admission, and in the spring semester for fall admission. 
  • All pre-requisite courses must be complete at the time of application to the program. 
  • Applicants are ranked on a point system based on: 
    • GPA in pre/co-requisite courses 
    • BIO 137 grade 
    • MAT 151 (or higher-level Quantitative Reasoning course) grade 
    • Score on the NLN PAX 
  • Additional points can be earned for holding a prior degree or completing all co-requisite courses in advance. 
  • Points can be lost for unsuccessful attempt(s) in BIO 137 and/or the Quantitative Reasoning course (earning a D, E, F or W).  
  • BIO 137 (pre-requisite course) and BIO 139 (co-requisite course) expire five (5) years from the completion date of the course and must be retaken if expired by the start of NSG 101. 
  • Applicants previously admitted to another Associate Degree Nursing program who earned a failing grade (D, E, F, WF) in more than one core nursing course or program may not be accepted for admission to the GCTC Nursing program. 
  • For additional information on the processes, policies and ranking criteria, visit the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) webpage 


  • BIO 139 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 
  • BIO 225 Medical Microbiology 
  • ENG 101 Writing I 
  • Heritage or Humanities course 
  • NSG 101 Nursing Practice I 
  • NSG 211 Maternal Newborn Nursing 
  • NSG 212 Behavioral Health Nursing 
  • NSG 213 Pediatric Nursing 
  • NSG 219 Medical Surgical Nursing I 
  • NSG 229 Medical Surgical Nursing II 
  • NSG 239 Medical/Surgical Nursing III


  • NSG Courses cannot be enrolled in until a student has been formally accepted into the nursing program. Co-requisite courses can be taken before or after acceptance into the nursing program, but no later than their corresponding NSG courses.  
  • A criminal background check, drug test, physical and certain immunizations are required for enrollment in and participation in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The expense must be borne by the student. 
  • The nursing curriculum courses correlate classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of community agencies. 
  • Transportation to the community agencies is the responsibility of each student. 
  • Progression in the program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of C or greater in each pre-requisite, co-requisite and nursing curriculum course and maintenance of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or above (on a 4.0 scale). 
  • If intending to transfer to a KY public university for a BSN, the following additional courses may be taken for General Education certification: ENG 102 Writing II, PSY 223 Developmental Psychology, Oral Communication course, a Heritage or Humanities course depending upon whether the student completed Heritage or Humanities for the AAS degree, an additional Quantitative Reasoning course (recommend STA251 Applied Statistics). 
  • At least 25 percent of the approved curriculum for any certificate, diploma or degree must be completed at the student’s home college.  

Updated 1/27/21

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