“BRIDGE” is an all-inclusive special event connecting high school seniors with healthcare career opportunities and multiple schools under one roof for you to discover the exciting world of healthcare. Talk one-on-one with several of Eastern Kentucky’s best schools offering career paths to healthcare and discover a career plan that suits you.



  • Participating Nursing Schools

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  • American National University

    This Nursing Associate degree program at ANU is designed to provide you the educational training and resources to meet the regional needs for nurses at a technical level. This program helps students develop the basic nursing skills and knowledge to function effectively as health care providers in a variety of health care settings as defined by professional nursing standards.


    The Nursing Associate degree program is only available at ANU’s Pikeville Campus. Students will have a blend of online classes and classes that meet at the Pikeville campus.


    Students successfully completing this program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEXRN) leading to licensure as a registered nurse.


    The ANU Difference

    In the heart of healthcare’s ever-evolving narrative, where innovation is the cornerstone of progress, nursing education finds itself at the forefront of a transformative journey. The traditional image of nursing students poring over textbooks and role-playing in simulated scenarios is undergoing a profound change, thanks to the integration of advanced technology. One such technological marvel making waves in the education realm is virtual reality (VR). Aspiring nurses today don VR headsets, transporting themselves into immersive and realistic healthcare environments that mirror the complexity of real-world scenarios. Beyond being a technological trend, VR is a dynamic force that is not merely preparing nurses for the challenges of today but sculpting a generation of healthcare professionals ready to navigate the complexities of tomorrow. The future of nursing education is not just on the horizon; it’s here, and it’s a journey into the virtual realm that promises to redefine the way we educate and prepare the nurses of the future.


    New terms start every 10 weeks. Complete your associate degree in nursing in just 18 months.


  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College

    What Is Nursing?

    BSCTC offers a two-year nursing program. Completion of the Modular Program allows students to become eligible to test NCLEX RN which allows students to have a career as a registered nurse.


    The Nursing Program is offered on the Prestonsburg Campus and Pikeville of Big Sandy. Clinical learning experiences are held in health care delivery facilities throughout the region including but not limited to Pike, Floyd, Johnson, and Magoffin counties. Transportation to the community agencies is the responsibility of each student.

    What are my career options?


    After successful completion of the second year students will receive the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing, qualifying them to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.


    What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


    • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing


    • Nursing Assistant Certificate

    Additional Information

    Kentucky State Board of Nursing

    The Modular Nursing Program is approved by the Kentucky State Board of Nursing. More information about the Kentucky State Board of Nursing can be found on their website.

  • Galen College of Nursing

    With over 30 years of experience dedicated solely to nursing education, Galen College of Nursing supports over 15,000 students with a committed faculty and staff of more than 2,000. The Pikeville campus, developed in partnership with Pikeville Medical Center, is one of 26 campuses.  We pride ourselves on fostering a tight-knit community and ensuring success for our students. Whether you’re new to nursing or looking to advance your nursing career, our Pikeville campus offers PN and LPN to ADN Bridge programs to meet your highest standards, from experienced faculty to hands-on learning and dedicated student support.


    What sets Galen apart?

    Here are a few highlights:

    • No prerequisites for entry
    • Small class sizes
    • Hands-on learning
    • Early clinical experience
    • A wide range of supportive services
    • And many more…

    Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.


    Discover your path in nursing with Galen by visiting

  • University of Pikeville

    The Elliott School of Nursing has been in operation since 1983 and since then has graduated more than 800 students who have gone on to nursing careers in a variety of settings.


    The University of Pikeville Elliott School of Nursing offers a two-year program associate degree in nursing (ADN) program. The ADN program also permits a licensed practical nurse to earn their ADN in two semesters/one year, once admitted to the LPN-to-RN program of study. The ADN program has full approval status from the Kentucky Board of Nursing.


    The University of Pikeville’s RN-BSN program allows nurses who have their ADN to complete coursework online to earn their BSN.  The fully-online program allows working registered nurses to advance their careers on their schedules.  The RN-BSN programs prepares RNS for evidenced-based patient care or advanced staff and leadership positions in diverse practice environments.


    For more information about UPIKE, please see their page on the UPIKE’s Elliott School of Nursing at


Nursing Testimonial – Kris Pilz, PMC Nurse and Galen College of Nursing Graduate

Nursing Testimonial – Shane Hurt, ANU Nursing Graduate

A Registered Nurse, or RN, is one of the most widely recognized professions. RNs interact with patients on a daily basis, which is one of the reasons nursing has been ranked as the most trusted profession for more than 20 years. Nurses administer care, answer questions from the patient and his or her caregivers and communicate their concerns to the patient’s care team. RNs work as a team to aid patients in healing and communicate with their patients and their families about their care plan.

RNs can be licensed after graduating from an associate degree or bachelor’s degree program. Many nurses continue their education and obtain a master’s or doctoral degree to become an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).



  • Administer medication, change wound dressings and address other patient medical needs
  • Assess patients
  • Observe and record patient behaviors
  • Read and interpret patient information, making treatment decisions when appropriate
  • Counsel and educate patients and their families on treatment plans and answer questions
  • Consult with physicians and nursing supervisors to determine the best treatment plans for patients



  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) required
  • Current Kentucky RN license required
  • Current BLS training required (can be obtained at PMC)

Licensed Practical Nurses, or LPNs, are essential members of the healthcare team and are responsible for monitoring patients and providing basic medical attention when necessary. LPNs help promote the comfort of patients by helping them bathe or dress as well as discuss their health care needs. LPNs provide basic nursing care under the supervision of a registered nurse or other healthcare professional.

Many registered nurses begin their career as an LPN, which is a common way to begin advancement in the nursing field. Training to become an LPN typically takes about a year to complete.



  • Work under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN) or physician to meet patients’ health care needsProvide direct patient care and administer medication to patients.
  • Record patients’ vital signs and medical history
  • Communicate with patients and their families about treatment plans and medical needs



  • Specialized vocational or technical training for LPN is required
  • Current Kentucky LPN license is required
  • Current BLS training required (can be obtained at PMC)
  • High School diploma or equivalent is required
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