I hope no one minds a rookie reviving a six month old thread.
At the moment I am investigating WHERE to get my CNA license (I live just north of Georgetown, KY). It is so expensive. Yes, BCTCS requires the CNA license before they will accept you into their nursing program. As does UK. There is a place in Georgetown that charges about $500 for the CNA program, but I too would love to find a place that would pay for it in exchange for me working for them. Right now I am in the process of applying to the nursing programs at Northern Kentucky University (though I read yesterday that their program has been placed under the "conditional" status by the state board of nursing), Gateway Community College and Eastern Kentucky University. EKU is really too far a drive for me. I would be driving almost 1.5 hours just to get to class.
UK, from what I've heard, does not run that great a nursing program and their students tend to not be able to hit the ground running. You didn't hear it from me :chuckle I had contacted BCTCS about my hearing impairment and they acted like they'd never heard of a hearing impaired nursing student. They said they had ONE hearing impaired student (a female, I'm male but am transitioning to female) but didn't know how she made out after graduation. How's THAT for concern of students? They don't even know if she found a job. :imbar So............sorry for the long winded post, but I would love to hear the latest opinions on nursing schools in Kentucky. Am I better off just going to the community college and working as a CNA for a number of years while I go to school, or should I just head toward university? I have a 2 year degree already, and am not too concerned about whether I would be admitted to a nursing program or not.