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Healing hands for a hurting world.

If you want to help people in a medical setting, you might look into becoming a registered nurse.  The Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing offers a curriculum that leads to positions that provide health care in a variety of settings.  The program prepares graduates to provide and manage client care and to become members within the discipline of Nursing.

What are my career choices?

As a graduate, you can find employment in doctors offices, hospitals, and other health-related agencies.

What classes do I have to take?

You will take a core of nursing courses taken in a block over four semesters.  Those courses include off-campus components where you apply nursing skills to hospital and other clinical settings.  Also, you will take anatomy/physiology courses, microbiology courses, and general education courses.  The curriculum is organized around a clearly defined conceptual framework which combines general education and nursing education.  The nursing education courses correlate classroom and clinical instruction in a variety of community agencies.  Classroom lectures are held at the college, and nursing faculty direct learning in the classroom and clinical laboratory settings.

What are the admission requirements?

The Nursing program does have selective admission. Because a limited number of students can enroll each fall and spring, applicants are ranked by their grade point averages as calculated from grades of courses required by the nursing program and either the ACT composite score (taken within the past five years) or the Kaplan Admissions Test.  If less than 12 college credits of courses required by the nursing program have been completed, the cumulative high school GPA will be used. Before beginning the Nursing program, you need to have completed math, psychology, and an anatomy/physiology class.  You also need to have passed a 75-hour nurse aide course or be listed on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry. You will also have to attend a preadmission conference prior to the semester you wish to begin.

Refer to the Nursing Program Brochure for specific program requirements.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfers

ECTC has numerous partnerships with 4-year universities. If you are interested in a transfer pathway in this field, check out our partnering university pathways. Find more information on transferring from ECTC.

Field Licensure Requirements

In addition to completing the program, students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination to become a licensed as registered nurse.

Other important information

ECTC's Nursing program has a statewide reputation for producing some of the highest quality nurses.  Graduates who take the National Council Licensure Examination almost always pass the first time and are in high demand by hospitals across the Commonwealth.

ECTC Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing certificate.

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) located in Elizabethtown, Ky, is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing program is continuing accreditation.  View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has helpful information and resources available at  


Where do I start?

Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or other exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.

Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog.  You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Nursing Program Director

Sandra Marques

(270) 706-8534 or Toll free: (877) 246-2322, Ext. 68534

Administrative Assistant

Carissa Rosel

(270) 706-8511 or Toll free: (877) 246-2322, Ext. 68511