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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 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?

  • 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

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Associate in 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 Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC 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. 

Nursing, Director
michele simms Michele Simms

(859) 442-1690
Nursing, Administrative Assistant
rose horvath Rose Horvath
(859) 442-4189
  Health Science Technology (Pre-nursing), Academic Advisor
bethany foxx Bethany Foxx
(859) 815-7227

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. 

Nursing at the technical level involves the provision of direct care for individuals and characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions. The provision of safe patient care necessitates the student’s ability to respond to multiple sensory and environmental cues and the student must be able to tolerate stressful and physically taxing workloads. All students should possess:

  1. Sufficient visual acuity, such as is needed in the accurate 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 care team and to assess health needs of people using monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, IV infusion pumps, 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, writing, reading) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively, as may be necessary in the individual’s interest.
  5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement care for the individuals. Care for individuals in a respectful, sensitive, and effective manner regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or any other status identified in Gateway’s Non‐Discrimination Policy.
  6. Sufficient ability to manage stressful situations, allowing the student to perform at the required levels in all components of the program.
  7. The capability to concentrate for long periods of time in selecting correct techniques, equipment, and safety measures to assure maximum care and safety of the patient. Therefore, the student must be able to exercise independent judgments under both routine and emergency conditions. A person under the influence of alcohol or consciousness-altering drugs may not meet the above criteria.
  8. The ability to tolerate and function safely in environmental conditions, such as exposure to a variety of substances (such as latex products) and conditions within the classroom and clinical environment: temperature fluctuations; hazardous waste materials and blood, body tissue or fluids; loud noises or unpleasant odors. Must be ability to tolerate and function safely while navigating the clinical environment.

Students (or program applicants) should have reasonable expectations that they can complete the program of study and meet the educational objectives. A reasonable and appropriate accommodation is one that does not require a fundamental alternation in the nature of the program or lower academic and/or clinical standards or expectations. 

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. 

Apply here.

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.

This is the most common form of admission for students.

  1. Apply to Gateway if not currently enrolled and complete the admission process.
  2. Review the Nursing Program Application FAQ.
  3. Meet with pre-nursing advisor.
  4. Complete all pre-requisites.
  5. Take PAX exam.
  6. Attend a Ready to Apply conference.
  7. Apply to the Nursing program.
    • Deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct 27 by 4:30 p.m. 
    • See our Selective Admissions Points Scale and Procedures

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.

Applicants who wish to transfer from another program of nursing must:

  • Meet all requirements of the receiving institution.
  • Email us stating anticipated entry date and reason for transfer.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from previous clinical instructor, faculty member or dean.
  • 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.

Completed transfer requests will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • First and foremost, space availability.
  • Previously completed nursing courses for content applicability to the nursing program at Gateway. This may include, but not limited to, review of course description and course syllabi. This is necessary to establish the most appropriate entry point into the Gateway nursing program.
  • Transfer students must demonstrate retained competency, as nursing courses are designed to build on previous courses. Retained competency is demonstrated by successful completion (78% or higher) of the final exam of the most recent course the student will be receiving transfer credit.
  1. Apply to Gateway if not currently enrolled and complete the admission process.
  2. Meet with pre-nursing advisor.

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 for more information.

Applicants who wish to participate in the LPN to RN accelerated track:

  • Meet all requirements of the receiving institution.
  • Complete pre-requisite courses
    • BIO 137 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO 139 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • CPR 100 – CPR for Healthcare Professionals
    • MAT 151 – Higher Level Quantitative Reasoning Course
    • PSY 110 – General Psychology
  • Meet with the Professional Pre-Nursing advisor to review program requirements, determine eligibility, and make a timeline for next steps.
  • Provide an employee verification form.
  • Must have one year of patient bedside experience within the last five years.
  • LPN to RN students must demonstrate retained competency, as nursing courses are designed to build on previous courses. Retained competency is demonstrated by successful completion (78% or higher) of the final exam of the most recent course the student will be receiving transfer credit.

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 for more information.

  • Must meet all requirements of the receiving institution.
  • Must be complete with pre-requisite courses before the start of fall semester
    • BIO 137 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO 139 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • CPR 100 – CPR for Healthcare Professionals
    • MAT 151 – Higher Level Quantitative Reasoning Course
    • PSY 110 – General Psychology
    • ENG 101 - Writing I
  • Provide an employee verification form.
  • Must have one year of full-time paramedic work experience within the last five years.

Apply to the Paramedic to RN program here.

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. 

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Director of Nursing

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