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Posted:  September 11, 2020

SPRING 2021 ADMISSION CYCLE UPDATE:

  • The Pre-Admission Conference will be offered in an online format.  The link will be posted to this webpage by September 25.
  • The ACT requirement will be waived for all applicants for Spring 2021 admission due to some local testing sites being unavailable.
  • The PAX-RN exam is still mandatory for all applicants to the RN Program.
    The NACE exam is still mandatory for all applicants to the LPN To RN Bridge Program.
  • October 30 is the deadline to submit the Nursing application and PAX or NACE score report.  Instructions on how to obtain the application and submit the score report will be provided at the Pre-Admission Conference.
  • Applications will only be accepted for:
         RN Program- Spring 2021
         LPN To RN Bridge Program - Spring 2021

PAX-RN AND NACE EXAM SESSIONS:

Remote proctored exam sessions are available through NLN.  Please scroll down to the section about the PAX and NACE exams for details on how to register.  Based on information from NLN, remote exams will use Examity with a live proctor.

The HCC Workforce Assessment Center continues to work with NLN to finalize NLN's new registration site for on-campus test sessions.  At this time, we do not expect registration for on-campus test sessions to be available until at least September 28.  Once the new registration site is operational, the web link will be provided on this page.

If you plan to apply for the October 30 deadline, the remote proctored exam is the only option available until the new registration site is operational.  We apologize for any inconvenience as NLN finalizes the new process for on-campus exams.

 

What Is Nursing?

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.

What are my career choices?

Job opportunities as a Registered Nurse include, but are not limited to:  hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, child care centers, educational facilities, and physician's offices.

Job opportunities as a Licensed Practical Nurse include, but are not limited to:  hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices, and home health care.

 

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

  • Registered Nursing Program (RN Program)
  • Practical Nursing Program (PN Program)
  • LPN To RN Bridge (3 semesters)
    • Successful completion of 3 semesters in the RN Program will result in the awarding of the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree
    • WE ADMIT TO THE LPN TO RN BRIDGE EVERY FALL AND SPRING
  • NEW! Transition Medic To RN (4 semesters)
    • Potential student who has achieved Level 10 status as a military medic (MOS 68W) may be awarded credit for up to 6 credit hours from the clinical component in the 1st and 2nd semesters of the RN program.
    • Successful completion of the 2-year (4 semester) program will result in the awarding of the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree.
    • ADMISSION BEGINS FALL 2021 (DELAYED FROM SPRING 2021) - Nursing applications will be available at Pre-Admission Conference hosted during Spring 2021.  Deadline to apply will be May 15, 2021.

Certificates

Diploma

Admissions 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)
  • 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 scores to the HCC Nursing Department
    • Applicants to the RN or PN program must take the PAX-RN exam
      • RN Eligibility Requirement: PAX-RN composite score of 111 or higher
      • PN Eligibility Requirement: PAX-RN composite score of 99 or higher
    • Applicants to the LPN to RN Bridge program must take the NACE exam
      • NACE minimum recommended score is a composite of 76%
    • Applicants to the Transition Medic To RN program must take the PAX-RN exam
      • Eligibility Requirement:  PAX-RN composite score of 111 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)

Updated:  September 11, 2020

**If you are interested in Spring 2021 admission, you must attend a Pre-Admission Conference session during the fall semester.  The conference will be available online.  Please check this page beginning September 25 to access the online Pre-Admission Conference.  The deadline to apply will be October 30, 2020.**

For the Spring 2021 admission cycle, applications will be accepted for:

     Associate Degree Nursing Program (RN) - 2 years
     LPN to RN Bridge Program (LPN with active license) - 3 semesters

The next admission cycle for the Practical Nursing (PN) and Medical Assisting (MA) programs as well as the NEW Transition Medic To RN Program will be for Fall 2021.  Details will be available in early February 2021.

Information About PAX-RN and NACE
Pre-Admission Exams

Hopkinsville Community College is a testing facility for the National League for Nursing's PAX-RN and NACE pre-admission exams.  Information on how to register for the exams can be found in the below links.

Updated:  September 11, 2020

REMOTE PROCTORED EXAM SESSIONS:  Students can take the PAX or NACE exam at home with the use of a NLN remote proctor.  Exam proctoring appointments may be available on weekdays and weekends as well as daytime and evening.  For the registration process from NLN, please click HERE.  (HCC is not responsible for any of the information contained in this link.)  We have recently been advised students should choose the PAX or NACE exam option for Examity when purchasing the remote exam.

NOTE:  HCC cannot assist with the registration or payment processes for remote exam sessions as this is handled directly by NLN.


ON-CAMPUS EXAM SESSIONS:  NLN is working on a new registration site for students who want to register for on-campus test sessions.  The HCC Workforce Assessment Center continues to work with NLN to finalize this process.  On-campus PAX or NACE exam sessions are not expected to be available for registration until at least September 28.  Once NLN's new registration site is operational, the web link will be provided on this page.

NLN PAX-RN Information (for applicants to the traditional RN program, PN program, or Transition Medic To RN program)

  • 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 for on-campus sessions.
  • Availability of remote proctoring appointments are managed by NLN and/or their remote proctoring service.
  • Minimum scores for eligibility:
    • RN Program/Transition Medic To RN Program - composite of 111 or higher
    • PN Program - composite of 99 or higher

NLN NACE Information (for applicants to the LPN To RN Bridge program) 

  • NACE exam 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 for on-campus sessions.
  • Availability of remote proctoring appointments are managed by NLN and/or their remote proctoring service.
  • Minimum recommended score:  composite of 76%

ACT Testing Requirement

***JUST ANNOUNCED 9/11/2020:  The ACT requirement will be waived for applicants who apply for Spring 2021 admission.  Some test facilities are expected to be closed or at limited capacity during the September or October national test dates.***

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. 

Register at www.actstudent.org.

Other Courses Offered

Accreditation

The Associate Degree Nursing Program and Practical Nursing Program are approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.  Pursuant to the Kentucky Board of Nursing regulation 201 KAR 20:340, click here for benchmark data for nursing programs in the state of Kentucky.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Hopkinsville Community College located in Hopkinsville, KY is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE < Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326
(404)975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is Continuing Accreditation.  View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm.

Licensure, Completion, and Job Placement Rates

Additional Information

Medicaid Nurse Aide: 3 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Medication Aide: 5 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Practical Nursing: 46 - 54 Total credit hours
Nursing: 62 - 66 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

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.

 

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Kristi Martin

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270.707.3840

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