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Integrated Nursing - PN and RN

The Integrated Nursing program provides a seamless educational curriculum with two exit points allowing you to choose a career as a PN or RN.

Upon completion of the first year of the nursing program, you can elect to take the PN exit course, NIP 140. This course prepares you to assume the role of a graduate practical nurse. Upon completion, you will receive a diploma and will be eligible to apply for licensure as a practical nurse.

If you exit as a PN during the summer, you will be allowed to join your cohort group in the fall semester.  If you exit as a PN in the spring semester and leave your cohort group then you will have to apply to come back to the program to complete your second year of nursing school.  You will need to take the NACE and must score a minimum of 77% in order to be considered for admission in the second RN portion of the program.  Following the successful completion of the second year, you will receive the Associate in Applied Science degree, allowing you to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.

Students licensed as practical nurses may apply to complete the RN track MCC’s Integrated Nursing Program. PNs must take the NACE and score a minimum of 75% to be considered for admission in the 3rd semester of the RN program. Applicants scoring below 77% may apply for admission to the 2nd semester of the RN program. All pre-requisites must also be completed successfully for admission consideration.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science


For a printable copy of program course requirements, click an option above or, consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.

Employment Opportunities

Both Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses are employed in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, community health centers, schools and home health.

Graduates of the associate degree nursing program are eligible and encouraged to continue pursuit of their education at a four-year university for completion of a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. Transfer information is available via the MCC website.
The overall outlook for employment in nursing is excellent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics gives the following wage information (2010 rate):

  • LPN median pay in the U.S. is $37,880/annual and median hourly rate in KY is $17.83
  • RN median pay in the U.S. is $57,520/annual and median hourly rate in KY is $27.25

The overall outlook for employment in nursing is excellent. Thousands of job openings are expected to occur due to the replacement of experienced nurses leaving the nursing field with retirement.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Integrated Nursing program are chosen through a selective admission process based on cumulative points.  The Admission Evaluation Form will be given during each Pre-Admission Conference.  For date, time, and other conference specific information please use the link below.

In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must:

  • Attend a Pre-Admission Conference at MCC Health Sciences Campus.
    • Pre-admission conferences are held at Madisonville Community College Health Sciences Campus (750 N. Laffoon St. in Madisonville).
    • The Health Sciences Campus is located near the Baptist Health Campus, and not at Madisonville Community College's North Campus.
    • No one will be admitted if more than fifteen minutes late to a conference, so it is very important to get directions and allow sufficient time for travel.
    • Applicants must stay for the entire conference to meet the application requirement.

Submit the following to the nursing office by March 1 for the fall semester or July 1 for the spring semester to be considered for admission:

  • Submit a completed MCC Nursing Program application (received only at the Pre-Admission Conference).
  • Submit official college transcripts Non-KCTCS transcripts must be submitted to the Registrar for evaluation along with a completed Request for Official Transcript Evaluation form.
  • Submit an a HESI A2 score of 75 or above for first semester applicants. Students must complete the following sections of the A2 exam: Math, Vocabulary, Reading, and Anatomy and Physiology. Preference is given to applicants scoring high in the Anatomy and Physiology section. Test may be scheduled by calling the Assessment Center at (270) 824-1702(270) 824-1702. A study guide for the A2 may be ordered from the MCC Bookstore Please note that the HESI A2 test can only be taken twice ever. The cost of the exam is $43.00
  • Submit ACT and/or COMPASS (current within 5 years of the application deadline, - Month, Day, 2010).  The minimum scores on the ACT/Compass are as follows:
    • Reading ACT of 20 or above and/or COMPASS of 85 or above
    • Writing ACT of 18 or above and/or COMPASS of 74 or above
    • Math/Algebra ACT of 19 or above and/or COMPASS of 36 or above
  • Cumulative GPA must be 2.5 or above
  • LPNs applying to the RN program must submit a NACE score of 77 or above for third semester applicants. Applicants with scores below 77 may apply to second semester. The NACE assessment is available at the MCC Assessment Center at 100 School Avenue in Madisonville, KY. To schedule an appointment, contact the Assessment Center at (270) 824-1702(270) 824-1702. The cost for the assessment is $83.00. It is recommended that applicants review a NCLEX-PN study guide or obtain a NACE study guide available through the MCC Bookstore, prior to taking the NACE Assessment. The LPN NACE Proctored Assessment can only be taken one time a year for a maximum of 2 attempts.
All nursing students are required to pass a criminal background check upon admission into the nursing program. Please reference the policy page for full details.

Students completing the diploma will exit the program after three semesters and will be qualified to apply for licensure as a practical nurse.  To practice as a PN, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Students completing an associate in applied science degree will exit the program after four semesters and will be qualified to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.  To practice as an RN, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)
All students must complete prerequisite general education requirements with a grade of C or better prior to admission to the program.  Additional requirements are based on selection of the PN or RN exit option.  Licensed practical nurses can apply for consideration of admission to the program with advanced standing.

For more information

Marsha Woodall MBA, MSN, RN,
Program Coordinator
(270) 824-1802(270) 824-1802

Kay Hawkins
Nursing Division Assistant
(270) 824-1751(270) 824-1751

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.