Ashland Community and Technical College Nursing Program Review
Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) is a two-year college that started operations in 1938. The college has three campuses in the Boyd county which are: College Drive Campus, Roberts Drive Campus and Technology Drive Campus. ACTC has achieved established standards of education for it many courses and is institutionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Among the many courses that are offered at the college is the possibility to enter the health care sector through its nursing program. The school offers the following options to students interested in this field:
Associate Degree Nursing
This program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The course can be completed in two years after which graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). They are offered an Associate Degree in Applied Science.
The program emphasizes eight core components in the nursing program that are essential to the development of nursing students. These core components include: managing care, professional behaviors, nursing process, communication, clinical decision making, caring interventions, collaboration and teaching/learning. The entire program is built on both nursing and general education courses. Students are exposed to classroom instruction and also clinical practice to gain hands-on experience. Only applicants with an ACT Composite score of 21 are considered. In the absence of this, the college also accepts scores from the NLN Pre-RN Examination. Students that take this route must have a score that falls within the 60th percentile of the examination.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program
This is an 18-month program that is open to students that pass the COMPASS/ACT at the required level established by the college. During the program emphasis is placed on the evaluation of health practices of patients and health promotion and disease prevention. Students are also taught about the necessary observation techniques and nursing care that should be implemented to patients that demonstrate changes in their clinical conditions. Applicants must also complete or pass a nurse aide program and hold the relevant certification as a nurse aide. Graduates from the program can work in various health care settings such as: hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, among others.
Students accepted in the program, must maintain a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Medical Nurse Aide
Students interested in this earning a certificate as a medical nurse aide must complete the Medical Nurse Aide course offered by the school of achieve this.
Kentucky Medication Aide
This is a certificate course and students must complete the Kentucky Medication Aide Offered by the school to get college to get the relevant qualifications to be a medication aide in Kentucky.
Students interested in scholarships can choose between these three types offered by ACTC:
1) General Scholarships
2) Scholarships for incoming freshman
3) Renewal scholarships
Some institutional scholarships open to students include:
a) Agnes Burnette Johnson Scholarship Fund;
b) Amy Denise Bruner Memorial Disabled Student Scholarship;
c) Anne Kouns Student aid Fund;
d) Ashland Kiwanis Club Scholarship Fund;
e) Barbara Seibert Student aid Fund
f) Bob & Pat Goodpaster scholarship fund
g) Troy B. & Sophia Wheeler Memorial Trust Endowment Fund
Ashland Community and Technical College
400 College Drive,
Ashland, KY 41101-3617