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Posted:  November 2, 2020

NEXT ADMISSION CYCLE:

For the Fall 2021 admission cycle, applications will be accepted for the:
* RN Program
* LPN To RN Bridge Program
* PN Program
* Transition Medic To RN Program

Nursing applications will be available at the Pre-Admission Conference.
At this time, interested students should plan to meet ALL admission requirements for Fall 2021, including the preadmission exam (PAX or NACE) and the ACT or SAT minimum scores.

***Please check this webpage the week of February 8, 2021 for information about Pre-Admission Conferences for Fall 2021 admission.***

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.

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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:  November 2, 2020

**If you are interested in Fall 2021 admission, you must attend a Pre-Admission Conference session during the spring semester.  Details will be posted to this webpage the week of February 8, 2021.  The deadline to apply will be May 15, 2021.**

For the Fall 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
     Practical Nursing Program (PN) - 11 months
     Transition Medic to RN Program - 2 years

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.

Updated:  November 2, 2020

Due to suggested changes to the NLN registration process, we are currently recommending students wait to register for the PAX or NACE preadmission exams if planning to apply for Fall 2021 admission.  Guidance related to these changes should be posted in January 2021.  This will include whether remote proctoring will be the only option or if on-campus, in-person exam sessions will resume.

If you currently have an account set up with NLN, you may still be able to register for a remote proctored exam session between now and January 2021, if you choose to do so.

NOTE:  HCC cannot assist with the registration or payment processes for remote exam sessions as this is handled directly by NLN and their third-party vendor.  In addition, HCC cannot assist with technical issues prior to, during, or after a student takes the remote (online) exam as NLN's third-party proctoring service is the technical support provider.


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 will be limited for on-campus sessions, if they are offered.
  • The PAX exam consists of three sections:  Verbal/Reading Comprehension, Math, and Science.
  • Students have a choice of whether to use the Examity 1-on-1 live remote proctor or HyFlex computer-based AI proctor.
  • Students choosing to purchase the Examity version are responsible for scheduling an exam appointment for the 1-on-1 proctor.  Availability of remote proctoring appointments are managed by NLN and/or their remote proctoring service.
  • Students who take either the Examity or HyFlex remote exam on their own device are responsible for ensuring the device meets the requirements outlined by NLN, including access to a webcam, microphone, and whiteboard.
  • 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 will be limited for on-campus sessions, if they are offered.
  • The NACE I: Foundations of Nursing exam is intended to evaluate a student's knowledge of practical nursing content.
  • Students have a choice of whether to use the Examity 1-on-1 live remote proctor or HyFlex computer-based AI proctor.
  • Students choosing to purchase the Examity version are responsible for scheduling an exam appointment for the 1-on-1 proctor.  Availability of remote proctoring appointments are managed by NLN and/or their remote proctoring service.
  • Students who take either the Examity or HyFlex remote exam on their own device are responsible for ensuring the device meets the requirements outlined by NLN, including access to a webcam, microphone, and whiteboard.
  • Minimum recommended score:  composite of 76%

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. 

Register at www.actstudent.org.

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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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270.707.3858

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