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The Hopkinsville Community College Nursing Program prepares graduates for a challenging career in health care. Both the Associate Degree in Nursing (Registered Nursing) and the diploma in Practical Nursing will open a wide array of opportunities that can lead to career advancement in acute and chronic care of patients. The goals of nursing education at HCC are to develop the ability in graduates to enhance human flourishing, demonstrate sound nursing judgment, develop professional identity and possess a spirit of inquiry in order to improve patient outcomes.

Available Credentials




Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the RN or PN Program, the below requirements must be met.

  • Complete Pre-requisite courses - See above links for the Admission Packet and Curriculum Requirements for specific courses for each program
  • Have an active status on a state nurse aide registry - This would show current certification as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
    • For information on Nurse Aide courses offered at HCC, please visit our Nurse Aide page.
  • Submit ACT scores to the HCC Admissions and Records office
    • RN Eligibility Requirement: ACT composite score of 20 or higher
    • PN Eligibility Requirement: ACT composite score of 18 or higher
  • Submit NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX-RN) scores to the HCC Nursing Department
    • RN Eligibility Requirement: PAX-RN composite score of 111 or higher
    • PN Eligibility Requirement: PAX-PN composite score of 99 or higher
  • Attend a Pre-Admission Conference (PAC) - Nursing applications distributed at this session
  • Submit a Nursing application by May 15 for Fall Admission and by October 30 for Spring Admission
  • Complete all HCC admission procedures, including the submission of official transcripts from any college where credit was received


Mandatory Pre-Admission Conference (PAC)

**If you are interested in SPRING 2018 admission to the RN Program, please attend one of these Pre-Admission Conference sessions**

Date:         Friday, September 8, 2017
Time:        10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location:  Hopkinsville campus, Technology Center room 215

Date:         Friday, September 29, 2017
Time:        10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location:  Fort Campbell campus, Room TBD

Date:         Friday, October 20, 2017
Time:        1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Hopkinsville campus, Technology Center room 215

Attendance at only one session is required.  Pre-registration is not needed.

  • Please bring a pen/pencil to the session.
  • If you already have a certification as a Nurse Aide, please bring a copy of your current (non-expired) Nurse Aide registry certification to include with your application.
  • If you are a LPN, please bring a copy of your active license to include with your application.

For the Spring 2018 admission cycle, applications will be accepted for the Registered Nursing and LPN To RN Bridge programs.

The next application cycle for the Practical Nursing program will be for Fall 2018.  Details on PN application availability will be released in early 2018.

Information About Pre-Admission Exam (PAX-RN)

Hopkinsville Community College is a testing facility for the National League for Nursing's Pre-Admission Exam (PAX-RN). Please click the below link for information about the current version of the PAX-RN exam, which was released March 1, 2016.

NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX-RN) InformationPDF Icon

  • PAX-RN must be taken prior to the application deadline for the admission cycle for which you are applying.

  • Number of seats per exam session are limited.

  • Minimum scores for eligibility:

    • RN Program and LPN To RN Bridge - composite of 111 or higher

    • PN Program - composite of 99 or higher


ACT Testing Requirement

Applicants must have their ACT scores on file by the admission cycle deadline.

For the October 30 deadline, if an applicant needs to take the ACT, we encourage him/her to test no later than the September exam date.  ACT's October exam date may not allow sufficient time for the score report to be available before the nursing application deadline.

For the May 15 deadline, if an applicant needs to take the ACT, we encourage him/her to test no later than the April exam date.

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Other Courses Offered

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.



Kristi Martin, Allied Health Administrative Assistant

Office: Hopkinsville Campus, Technology Center 224
Phone: (270) 707-3840



Veronica Tolbert, NAA100 On-Demand Division Assistant
Office: Hopkinsville Campus, Technology Center 224
NAA100 On-Demand Phone: (270) 707-3858
State Nurse Aide Exam Phone: (270)707-3860


The HCC RN and PN Programs are fully approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (

The RN Program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga 30326, (404)975-5000.

ACEN Accreditation Status: Continuing Accreditation

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