What Is Nursing?
Nursing is one of the most rewarding and challenging careers an individual can choose. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program prepares graduates to provide and manage client care and to become quality members within the discipline of nursing.
What are my career options?
Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Why earn your Associate Nursing Degree* at Gateway?
- Strong NCLEX pass rate
- Affordable tuition for a quality education
- Approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing
- State-of-the-art simulation labs
- Small class size and individual instructor attention
- Active learning classrooms
- Supportive learning environment and NCLEX preparation
- Faculty with real-world experience and familiar with the evolving healthcare landscape
- Partnerships with local healthcare employers
- Financial aid and scholarship opportunities
- Reduce your college debt: pre-requisite courses and nursing courses may qualify for the Work Ready KY Scholarship
- Pre-requisite courses online and face-to-face option that are flexible with your schedule
- Credits that transfer to 4-year institutions
- Student support services for nonacademic challenges
*RN upon Licensure
Background Check and Drug Screen Notification
Clinical facilities utilized by the Gateway Nursing Program require students to have clear background checks and drug screens. Clinical facilities can deny student participation in clinical/observation rotations due to these results. Since clinical participation is required to meet the nursing course outcomes, if a facility denies a student admittance to clinical, the student will not be able to progress in the nursing program. Gateway does not accept responsibility for any student being ineligible for clinical participation based on background checks or drug screens and continued enrollment in the ADN program.
Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) Criminal Conviction Notification
Note: KBN may deny a nursing graduate admission to the NCLEX-RN Exam if an individual has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony which involves acts that bear directly on the qualifications of the graduate to practice nursing. Applicants are encouraged to visit the KBN website for more information.
I want to know more about your program.
Associate in Applied Science Degree: Nursing
Tuition and Fees: $11,584
Books, Supplies, and Other Expenses: $5,129
TOTAL ESTIMATE: $16,713*
*The tuition, fees, books, supplies and other expenses estimate includes all courses associated with the ADN program curriculum, from start to finish, as well as clinical placement.
Estimate may be lower if student has transferred courses from another institution.
Tuition is based on the in-state tuition rate. For more information about Gateway’s tuition and fees, please visit the Tuition and Fees webpage.
All program cost estimates are subject to change.
Gateway is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states.
Gateway’s ADN Program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Credits earned at Gateway will transfer to most universities to allow you to continue your education. You are encouraged to take advantage of transfer pathways available to help you advance your education in nursing. As it relates to nursing specifically, Gateway currently has a RN to BSN pathway with Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and Thomas More University (TMU). For more information, review the transfer pathway below.
Prospective students with questions about the program should submit a request for more information to the left of the webpage and a program specialist will reach out via email.
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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-provider of care, manager of care and member of the discipline – are the eight core components of nursing practice. These include professional behaviors, communication, nursing process, clinical decision-making, caring interventions, teaching and learning, collaboration and managing care.
The philosophy of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is congruent with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) mission statement and is supported by the works of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Education Competencies and Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN).
The nursing faculty believe nursing is holistically evolving, blended with science, and the art of caring. Nursing demonstrates the provision of patient-centered care based on quality standards and evidence based practice through the inclusion of theoretical concepts.
Learning in an educational setting is enhanced by a teacher-student relationship and clearly defined student learning outcomes. The nurse educator’s responsibility is to structure and facilitate optimal conditions for critical thinking from simple to complex. The student brings to this relationship the willingness to learn and is accountable for his/her education.
The ADN graduate, having achieved the graduate outcomes is prepared to practice in a variety of settings with the parameters of individual knowledge and experience according to the standards of practice.
Gateway's Paramedic to RN program creates a direct path for paramedics who want to transition into a nursing career.
Paramedics often decide to continue their education to become registered nurses because there are more jobs and growth opportunities in the field. Completion of the program at Gateway will help paramedics become flight medics, emergency room nurses and will open management opportunities.
Gateway’s paramedic to RN program not only creates new opportunities for paramedics, it also helps to close the nursing gap. The Kentucky Center for Statistics estimates that the state will need more than 30,000 additional registered nurses by the year 2026. Training paramedics to be registered nurses is one of the fastest ways to get new nurses into the field.
With all the previous training experience, paramedics will be able to complete the paramedic to RN program in three semesters; fall, spring and summer, allowing them to finish in one academic year.
Classes for the program will primarily be on Gateway’s Edgewood Campus
Gateway’s nursing courses are offered in a combination of both classroom and laboratory experiences that is then applied in clinical settings at a variety of community agencies.
The Paramedic to RN program is a selective admissions program. Applications are due April 30.
Students accepted into the Nursing Program are encouraged to become members of the Student Nurse Organization (SNO). The purpose of this organization is to promote development of the skills a student will need as responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession. Members of the organization will act as liaisons for communications between students and faculty. In addition, coordinating activities and representing the organization in campus-wide and community activities.
Visit Gateway’s Student Organizations webpage for more student organization opportunities.
I want to apply to the Nursing Program.
There are a few different ways a student can enter Gateway’s ADN Program:
- General Admission: This is the most common form of admission for students.
Paramedic to RN Accelerated Model: Paramedic that meet the admission criteria listed in the Paramedic to RN Policy have the opportunity apply for the accelerated cohort and reduce their program to less than 12 months. Application period opens every year on the 1st of April. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LPN to RN Advanced Placement: LPNs that meet the criteria listed in the LPN to RN Policy have the opportunity to test out of NSG 101 and reduce their program time to three semesters. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Transfer: Students that have been accepted into, and have taken or are currently taking core nursing courses in another school’s nursing program may be eligible to transfer into the second or third semester of Gateway’s ADN Program.
If you are a current Gateway student ready to apply for the Nursing Program (to begin NSG 101), the Application Process FAQs document contains answers to frequently asked questions about the application process including:
- Application Schedule & Process
- Nursing Program Information Sessions
- NLN RN Pre-admission Exam (PAX)
- Pre-requisite Courses
- Background Checks and Drug Screens
- NSG 101 Schedule for Those Accepted
The Nursing Department is hosting Ready-to-Apply Conferences for students applying to the Nursing program.
All students applying to the Nursing program must attend a conference session and pick up an application before the application deadline.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Ready-to-Apply Conference dates.