Selective Admission Criteria | BSCTC

Selective Admission Criteria

The nursing program is a selective admission program. We use the following criteria when selecting students. There are a total of 100 points possible.

State Registerd Nurse Aid

All applicants must provide proof of current registry on the State Registered Nurse Aide Registry. Proof must be provided on or before June 14th.

State Registered Nurse Aid: Work Experience

(Points Possible: 10)

All applicants, who provide proof of 6 month’s experience as a practicing CNA within the last 3 years, earn 10 points.

National Composite ACT

(Points Possible: 36)

ACT Composite Score equals points earned from 19-36. An ACT composite score of 19 or above is required for admission. There is no automatic admission provision based on ACT Score.

Required Courses

(Points Possible: 15)

One point is awarded for each of these courses completed with a grade of C or better and an additional 2 points for each BSCTC course with a grade of C or better. If courses are repeated for a grade of less than C, the student will NOT receive points for the course.  

Point Courses

  • BIO 137
  • BIO 139
  • BIO 225 or BIO 227
  • Quantitative Reasoning**
  • PSY 110

(** Note: Quantitative Reasoning Course that meets AS, AA, or AFA level.)

Cumulative GPA

(Points Possible: 4)

Points will be equal to GPA. A GPA of less than 3.0 is worth no points. Points will equal KCTCS GPA only.


(Points Possible: 5)

All applicants who provide proof of an unencumbered, current state license as a licensed paramedic in the state of Kentucky and who provide proof on one year’s experience as a practicing paramedic within the last 3 years, earn 5 points.

Pre-Admission Nursing Exam (TEAS)

(Points Possible: 30)


Total Program Score Points Awarded
88 or Higher 30
84 - 87 27
80 - 83 24
76 - 79 21
72 - 75 18
68 - 71 15
64 - 67 12
60 - 63 9
56 - 59 6
52 - 55 3

(The National Average Score is 64.3)

Refer to the Pre-Admission Exam (TEAS) page for additional information.