The School of Nursing offers an Associate in Applied Science (ADN), the LPN-RN Bridge, and the RN-BSN Completion programs. The ADN program is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) (312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40222; 502/329-7000).

The ADN and the RN-BSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000). Upon successful completion of the ADN program and successfully passing of the National Council Licensure Examination – RN (NCLEX-RN), graduates qualify to practice as licensed registered nurses in Kentucky.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

The ADN curriculum is divided into liberal studies, support courses, and Nursing components. The liberal studies and support course components comprise approximately one-half of the total semester credit hours. These courses focus on the development of critical skills in English composition, mathematics, and the acquisition of basic knowledge in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences. The Nursing component concentrates on nursing concepts and clinical practice.

To satisfy the graduation requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing, a student must complete a minimum of 68 semester credit hours with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better, complete a Comprehensive Nursing Review, and obtain a satisfactory score on a comprehensive exit examination. The required Nursing courses are NUR 111, 112, 211, 212, and 213. The required liberal studies and support courses are BIO 107, 108, and 204; ENG 101 and 102; CHE 209; MAT 115; PSY 200 and 303; and SOC 203. Students may fulfill general studies requirements of ENG 101/102 by choosing the WYS Honors component of HON 143, HON 144, and either HON 211/213 or HON 212/214. Students must receive a grade of C or better in all required courses in the curriculum. Oral communication competency is fulfilled through the completion of Nursing classroom activities, on-campus Nursing laboratory experiences, and clinical assignments, emphasizing the use of verbal and nonverbal communication skills. The School of Nursing is responsible for all components of the program, including the selection, supervision, and evaluation of Nursing students, and the curriculum—both didactic and clinical. The Nursing curriculum ladder is the recommended sequence of liberal studies, support, and Nursing courses. This ladder applies only to students who are directly admitted into the day program (full-time) and who successfully complete all required courses in the curriculum in two years.

The School of Nursing has developed flexible course schedules for students who must work while pursuing a nursing degree. Students may obtain a degree in nursing by enrolling on a full time or part time basis and by attending classes in the daytime or the evening.  Students taking evening classes may be required to attend classes that begin prior to the traditional ?5:00 p.m. evening hour. Students attending evening classes can expect to be enrolled for a minimum of three academic years and must complete all support and liberal studies courses in the curriculum (BIO 107, 108, and 204; ENG 101 and 102 or the WYS Honors component; CHE 209; MAT 115; PSY 200 and 303; and SOC 203 before enrolling in NUR 111 (Nursing I).

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for direct admission to the ADN program students must be:

  • Admitted the University;
  • Submit a completed application to the School of Nursing by the due date;
  • Provide transcripts of high school coursework and/or any previous college/university coursework;
  • Achieve a minimum ACT composite score of 21 earned within the last five years (The Career Planning Program – Level II Test (CPP-2) is not accepted by the School of Nursing);
  • Be eligible for ENG 101 and MAT 115 as determined by the University;
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.3 in high school course work and/or a 2.75 in any previous college/university course work taken.

Applications to the School of Nursing, transcripts, and ACT scores must be submitted to:

Chair, School of Nursing Kentucky State University 400 East Main Street Frankfort, KY 40601.

The deadline for receipt of these documents by the School of Nursing for the fall semester is March 1 of each year. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required credentials are on file in the School of Nursing.  Applicants will be notified in writing whether or not they have been admitted to the Nursing program.

Applicants not meeting the direct admission criteria may choose to complete a Pre-Nursing Curriculum and then apply for admission to the Nursing program.

Pre-Nursing students must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 and must have completed each of the following required courses with a grade of C or better: BIO 107, 108, and 204; ENG 101 and 102; CHE 209; and MAT 115. If the grade awarded for BIO 107, 108 or 204 is older than five years, then the course must be repeated. For Pre-Nursing applicants wishing to enroll in the fall semester, the deadline for receipt of grades for these courses by the School of Nursing is August 1.  Successful completion of the Pre-Nursing curriculum does NOT guarantee acceptance into the Nursing program

Pre-Nursing students should be aware of the following School of Nursing Policies:

  1. Students applying for admission to Nursing may repeat only one of the science courses (Anatomy & Physiology courses (BIO 107/108), Microbiology (BIO 204) or Chemistry (CHE 209) once. Multiple failures will result in the student being ineligible for the program.
  2. Students failing the same liberal studies course for the second time will not be admitted to the Nursing program.
  3. Students must obtain a letter grade of C or better in all courses required in the nursing curriculum (nursing, liberal studies, and support courses). A cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 is required for consideration for admission.

Admission into the Nursing program is competitive; meeting the minimum admission requirements by either of the routes described above does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  Applications are NOT carried over from year to year.  Applicants must reapply for admission into the Nursing program each year.

Admission Requirements for LPN-RN Bridge Program

The School of Nursing has an Articulation Agreement with Kentucky Tech–Jefferson State–Shelby County Extension for Licensed Practical Nurses. Graduates from the Shelby County LPN program, as well as graduates from other LPN programs, who have been out of school less than three years must meet the following admission criteria to be admitted to NUR 211:

  • Admission to the University;
  • Application to the School of Nursing;
  • Transcripts of high school coursework and/or any previous college/university coursework;
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 21 earned within the last five years (The Career Planning Program – Level II Test (CPP-2) is not accepted by the School of Nursing);
  • Completion of the following liberal studies and support courses: MAT 115, ENG 101, ENG 102, BIO 107, BIO 108, and PSY 200;
  • Have GPA of 2.75 or better;
  • Completion of NUR 103 with a grade of C or better;
  • Proof of license to practice as an LPN in Kentucky.

If the LPN has an ACT below 21, the student must complete the above courses plus BIO 204 and CHE 209 with a GPA of 2.75 or better prior to being admitted to NUR 211.

If the LPN has been out of school longer than 3 years, the applicant must meet the admission requirements for the LPN-RN Bridge Program and must take the Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam (ACE) I and receive Decision Score of 70 or better (Total Percentage of Questions Answered correctly). Applicants failing to receive a Decision Score of 70 or better results in the applicant being required to enroll in Nursing 112 (if space is available). The School of Nursing must have the Decision Score prior to the end of April. Once the Decision Score of 70 is obtained, the applicant is required to perform a basic nursing skills test which includes assessing vital signs, administering oral and parenteral medications, Foley catheter insertion, sterile dressing change, insertion of a nasogastric tube, and colostomy care. Skills check-off must be completed by May 1. Failure of the skills test will require the student to enroll in Nursing 112 if space is available. Successful completion of the skills exam allows the student to be eligible for NUR 103.

Applicants admitted to the LPN Bridge program must complete Nursing 103. This course is offered during the summer and includes an overview of medical, surgical, and psychiatric nursing content not included in LPN education programs. At the successful completion of Nursing 211, the student will be awarded 14 credits for the first-year nursing courses.

The application deadline for the LPN-RN Bridge Program is March 1 for the fall semester. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required credentials are on file in the School of Nursing.  Applicants will be notified in writing whether or not they have been admitted to the Nursing program. Further information may be obtained from the School of Nursing, 2nd Floor Betty White Health Center (502) 597-5957. Information about the ACE test may be obtained from the Office of Testing (502) 597-5696.  Information about the skills test may be obtained from the School of Nursing.

Applicants to the ADN Program with Baccalaureate or Graduate Degrees outside Nursing

Applicants with a baccalaureate or graduate degree outside the field of nursing must fulfill the following admission criteria:

  • Admission to the University;
  • ADN application and copies of transcripts to the School of Nursing;
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 in any previous college/university course work taken;

Evaluation of the transcript will be in accordance with University policy. In addition to the liberal studies courses transferred/accepted, the following support courses are required: BIO 107, 108, and 204; CHE 209, PSY 200, and PSY 303. The Nursing courses will follow the established ADN curriculum ladder.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Criminal Background Check

Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) requires all misdemeanor and felony convictions occurring in any states as well as federal and military convictions be reported to the KBN. Conviction of certain felonies will cause a Notice to Deny Licensure to be issued to applicants seeking to write the nursing licensure examination. In accordance with this policy, the School of Nursing requires that each student submit an undated criminal background check to the School of Nursing annually.

Mandatory Drug Testing

All students enrolled in nursing courses are required to complete a drug screen.  Failure of the drug screen or failure to complete the drug screen by the designated date will constitute dismissal from the nursing program.  The School of Nursing reserves the right to require random drug screens throughout the year.  The random drug screen will be at the expense of the student.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Life Support

All students enrolled in nursing courses are required to have BLS for the Healthcare Provider (CPR & AED) certification. This training must be from an approved (American Heart Association curriculum.  Each student must keep a current CPR & AED card on file in the School of Nursing.

Immunizations

In addition to the health history form submitted to the University Student Health Service, each nursing student must have a completed School of Nursing immunization form on file. All immunizations required by the clinical facility must be current. The immunization form will be provided by the School of Nursing.

Expenses

Nursing students pay the same general fees and tuition as do other students at the University. However, students in the Nursing program incur additional expenses for uniforms, liability insurance, stethoscope, bandage scissors, white nurse’s shoes, white hosiery, wrist watch with second hand, laboratory fees, travel expenses, multiple criminal background checks, and the formative/summative testing program.

Re-Admission

After any interruption of studies at Kentucky State University, a Nursing student may be required to audit classes that were previously taken. Also, any student whose Nursing studies have been interrupted for one semester or more must demonstrate sufficient recall of concepts and information from prior courses before a decision on re-admission is made. A score of 79% must be obtained on the re-admission exam and a successful completion of the skills exam. The written readmission exam is given once.

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