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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 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
  • Pay less for a better 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
  • Reduce your college debt: pre-requisite courses may qualify for the Work Ready KY Scholarship
  • Pre-requisite classes that work with your schedule
  • Pre-requisite courses online
  • Credits that transfer to 4-year institutions
  • Student support services for nonacademic challenges
*RN upon Licensure

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Background Check and Drug Screen Notification

Clinical facilities utilized by the Gateway Nursing Program require students to have clear background checks and drug screens and can deny student participation in clinical/observation rotations at their facilities. 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. 

Phone: (859) 815-7792
Office: Edgewood Campus, NAHSC Building - Office 221

I want to know more about your program.

Gateway’s Nursing program will hold Information Sessions for prospective students who are interested in learning more about our program, facilities, the Nursing profession and admissions process.

Pre-Nursing advising workshops will be held for current Pre-Nursing students to discuss how to make yourself a strong candidate and the admission process in full detail.

Students that have completed, or in the process of completing their prerequisites, we will hold Ready-to-Apply conferences to obtain the Nursing application.  Attendance is mandatory for one of the conferences to enable you to apply.

Associate of Applied Science Degree: Nursing

Tuition and Fees: $11,584
Books, Supplies, and Other Expenses: $5,129

*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).

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 members within the discipline of nursing. Qualities expected of a nurse include, but are not limited to: 

  • Passion for caring for the lives of others
  • Compassion
  • Quick-thinking
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Professional and ethical behaviors
  • Strength in biology and math
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to tolerate things that would make most people squeamish
  • Willingness to work 12-hour shifts, days, nights, weekends, and holidays

 Personality Traits:

  • Accountability (accepting responsibility for one's actions and choices)
  • Keeping your eye on the prize
  • Stress-management skills
  • Punctuality and attendance
  • Staying communicated with the Nursing Department
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional, respectful, adult behaviors

Work and Home Life:

  • Strong support system
  • Ability and willingness to devote a lot of time outside of class for studies
  • Working 0 – 16 hours (max) per week in a job. This is not mandatory, but strongly urged. Most students are unemployed by the end of the program.

Academic Traits:

  • Strength in biology and math
  • Having most, if not all, co-requisite courses completed prior to entry into the nursing program
  • Ability to read, comprehend, retain, and apply a lot of medical knowledge

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). For more information, review the transfer pathway below.

Current and prospective students with questions about the program should submit questions by emailing, calling (859) 815-7792, or attending a Nursing Program Information Session.

 Nursing Faculty
maggie deavy Maggie Deavy, MSN/Ed, RN
(859) 442-1680
dr lisa hubbard Dr. Lisa Hubbard, 

(859) 442-4167
Director of Nursing
michele simms Michele Simms

(859) 442-1690
 Skills Lab Instructor
Hannah Green
  Pre-nursing Academic Advisor
bethany foxx Bethany Foxx
(859) 815-7227
Senior Administrative Assistant
Denise Brown
(859) 44-4189

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 Marjory Gordon and the National League for Nursing. The faculty believes that:

  • Each individual is a unique, holistic being with bio-psychosocial, cultural and spiritual dimensions in constant interaction with the environment. All human beings have in common certain functional patterns that contribute to their health, quality of life, and achievement of human potential;
  • The dynamic process of mastering core competencies is essential to the practice of contemporary and futuristic nursing. This process illustrates the personal, progressive, and lifelong professional development of the nurse through the accumulation, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge, scientific findings and human experience;
  • The components of this ADN conceptual model include: core values, integrating concepts, program outcomes and nursing practice;
  • Learning is an individual and lifelong process evidenced by changed behavior resulting from the acquisition of knowledge, practice and ethical comportment. Knowledge encompasses the realms of science and theory. Practice includes the ability to engage in a thoughtful, deliberate, and informed way.  Ethical comportment involves the individual’s formation within a set of recognized responsibilities; it includes the notions of “good practice” and “boundaries of practice.” Learning in an educational setting is enhanced by a teacher/student relationship in which the teacher’s responsibility is to structure and facilitate optimal conditions for critical thinking and learning through clearly defined student learning outcomes. The student brings to this relationship the willingness to learn and is accountable for his/her education. Recognizing that both the rate and style of learning differ with individuals, various strategies are utilized to facilitate the achievement of student learning outcomes, attainment of maximum potential, and promotion of continued learning;
  • The ADN graduate, having achieved the graduate outcomes, is prepared to practice in a variety of settings within the parameters of individual knowledge and experience according to the standards of practice. The role of the ADN graduate includes human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry. Encompassed within these roles are the core components of context and environment, knowledge and science, personal/professional development, quality and safety, relationship-centered care, and teamwork.

To view current policies, contact Denise Brown.

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: 

  1. General Admission: This is the most common form of admission for students. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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.

For more information, contact Denise Brown to review the most up-to-date policies. 

If you are a current Gateway student ready to apply for a Fall 2019 start in 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 May 15 application deadline.

All Ready-to-Apply Conferences are located at the Edgewood Campus.

Tuesday April-2 5:30 p.m. Room 106
Friday April-5 9 a.m. Room 206
Monday April-8 12 p.m. Room 107
Thursday April-11 9 a.m. Room 109
Wednesday April-17 5:30 p.m. Room 109
Tuesday April-23 5:30 p.m. Room 106
Friday April-26 12 p.m. Room 214
Monday April-29 9 a.m. Room 107
Wednesday May-1 12 p.m. Room 214
Tuesday May-7 5:30 p.m. Room 106

The table below is a timeline from nursing pre-requisite completion through graduation to help you decide when to apply and for what start date.

If pre-requisites are completed in… March 2019 July 2019 March 2020
you’re eligible to apply in… March 2019 August 2019 March 2020
to begin NSG courses in… Fall 2019 Spring 2020 Fall 2020
for a projected graduation date of… May 2021 December 2021 May 2022

*Fall classes start in August, and Spring classes start in January.

Current pre-nursing students will receive application information regarding future application cycles via email from the Nursing Department and/or their Pre-nursing Academic Advisors when information is available.

I am an employer or educator seeking nursing graduates.

Area employers interested in recruiting future nursing graduates (after licensure) are welcome to attend Career Day each semester. Gateway encourages students to explore the many avenues in which they can use their RN licensure.  Career Day is designed for nursing students to explore their employment options at a time and location that’s convenient to their busy schedule.


Colleges and universities interested in promoting BSN and/or MSN programs are welcome to attend Academic Day each semester. Gateway encourages students to further their education after degree completion with Gateway. Academic Day is designed for nursing students to explore their academic options at a time and location that’s convenient to their busy schedule.

The details for our spring 2018 event are as follows:

When: Monday, April 9, 2018, from 1 – 2 p.m.

Where: Gateway Community & Technical College

790 Thomas More Parkway

Edgewood, KY 41017

NAHSC Building, 2nd floor hallway.

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