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Admission Requirements

Acceptance for admission may be granted during the Fall or Spring semester with a new cohort being admitted at the beginning of each fall and spring term. Any previous transcripts must be evaluated before admission is final.

Step 1: Get admitted to UC Undergraduate or be a currently enrolled UC Undergraduate student

Step 2: Apply to the ADN (RN) program

  • Once admitted to UC Undergraduate, we will send you your ADN application
  • Currently enrolled UC Undergraduate students can find their ADN application in UC One

Admission requirements for the ADN (RN) program:

  • A high school or college (cumulative and UC) GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Grades of “C” or better in any supporting courses that have been completed.
  • All applicants are required to sit for the Kaplan Admission Test. Applicants may only take the Kaplan Admission Test one time during a six month window. Scores on the Kaplan Admission Test will be used in admissions scoring to determine admission to the program.
  • Any additional information as requested by the University to determine admission eligibility.
  • In addition to the academic criteria required for admission, applicants must meet the standards written into the Commonwealth of Kentucky Nurse Practice Act. Specifically, the Nurse Practice Act requires that each student be of good moral and ethical character, good mental and physical health, and be academically qualified to fulfill the role and responsibilities of a person licensed to practice as a professional nurse. Applicants for nursing programs should review licensure information posted on the Kentucky Board of Nursing’s website (, including information for candidates with a history of prior criminal convictions. Criminal convictions may serve to disqualify a person from participating in required clinical learning experiences. Students must meet all clinical agency placement requirements.
  • Documentation of language fluency for non-native speakers of English, such as a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission are:
    • Paper-based TOEFL (PBT): 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT): 79
    • IELTS: 6
  • Students must also be able to meet the following Clinical Requirements. No exemptions will be made to clinical requirement policies:
    • Basic Life Support HCP: Students must maintain current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider card.
    • Tuberculin Skin Test: Required annually. If positive, proof of follow-up medical care is required. (If diagnosis of active tuberculosis is made, clearance from the Public Health Department is required before admission or for continuation in the nursing program.) In cases where a positive tuberculin test result is present due to previous exposure or vaccination, a chest x-ray or guantiferon gold and sign/symptom checklist will be required.
    • Hepatitis B Vaccine: The Hepatitis B vaccine or titers are required for all students.
    • Tetanus/Tdap: Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Td/Tdap) vaccination require one-time dose of Tdap to adults younger than age 65 years who have not received Tdap previously or for whom vaccine status is unknown to replace one of the 10-year Td boosters.
    • Varicella: Evidence of immunity to varicella in adults includes any of the following:
      • Documentation of 2 doses of varicella vaccine at least 4 weeks apart
      • Laboratory confirmation of immunity through lgG antibody detection
      • A physician statement verifying that the student was previously treated for the varicella virus (chicken pox)
    • Proof of MMR vaccination (measles, mumps, rubella immunity)
    • Annual influenza vaccination
    • Professional liability insurance is provided by the University. The student may choose to purchase additional liability insurance.
    • Photo ID (e.g., UC ID, driver’s license, passport, etc.)
    • Proof of medical insurance coverage
    • Students are expected to comply with clinical facility rules and regulations regarding required documentation.
    • All students must complete background screening and drug test screening within the Castle Branch system.
    • All students must have a satisfactory Health Form on file in the program office.

All online undergraduate admissions materials should be submitted to:

University of the Cumberlands
Undergraduate Admissions

6178 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Phone 606.539.4240
Toll Free 800.343.1609


Information regarding Kaplan Admissions Testing: 

  • Recommended study material include: Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams Prep 2021-2022 book. The prep book can be purchased through the online site of choice for approximately $15-$20. Please reference Kaplan Nursing School Entrance Exams Prep ISBN-13: 978-1506255422
  • Exam fee is $50 if taken on campus. Enrolled students may charge to their UC Student Account. Students not enrolled at UC will need to have a major credit/debit card to pay for the exam online at the time of registration.


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