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Posted:  November 16, 2021

NEXT ADMISSION CYCLE:

For the Fall 2022 admission cycle, applications will be accepted for the:
* RN Program
* LPN To RN Bridge Program
* Transition Medic To RN Program
*PN Program

Nursing applications will be available at the Pre-Admission Conference.

***Please check this webpage in late February 2022 for information about the Pre-Admission Conference for Fall 2022 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?

**NOTE:  If you cannot access the PDF files in the below links, please use the contact information to the left to request a copy.  Thanks.**

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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 Nurse Aide
  • Submit ACT scores to the HCC Admissions and Records office
    • RN Eligibility Requirement: ACT composite score of 20 or higher
      (equivalent SAT combined verbal/reading and math score of 940)
    • PN Eligibility Requirement: ACT composite score of 18 or higher
      (equivalent SAT combined verbal/reading and math score of 860)
    • ACT waivers are available if you meet specific criteria as outlined in the RN or PN Admission Packet.
  • Submit NLN pre-admission exam scores to the HCC Nursing Department
    • Applicants to the RN or PN program must take the PAX exam
      • RN Eligibility Requirement: PAX composite score of 111 or higher
      • PN Eligibility Requirement: PAX 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 exam
      • Eligibility Requirement:  PAX composite score of 111 or higher
  • Attend a Pre-Admission Conference (PAC) - Nursing applications distributed after 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 16, 2021

The Pre-Admission Conference for Fall 2022 admission cycle will be held during the spring semester.  Details will be posted to this webpage in late February 2022.  Nursing applications will be available to those who complete the conference requirement.  The deadline to apply will be May 15, 2022.

For the Fall 2022 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
     Transition Medic to RN Program - 2 years
     Practical Nursing Program (PN) - 11 months

Information About PAX and NACE
Pre-Admission Exams

Updated:  June 30, 2021

Applying for the traditional RN program, Transition Medic to RN program, or PN program?
You will need to take the National League for Nursing's PAX exam.  Click here for details.

Applying for the LPN To RN Bridge program?
You will need to take the National League for Nursing's NACE exam.  Click here for details.

HCC Nursing Program Retest Policy:  The PAX or NACE exam may be taken once every six (6) weeks.

The PAX and NACE exam portal are managed by NLN and their vendors.  Neither the HCC Nursing Department nor the HCC Workforce Assessment Center have access to the registration or payment components of the portal.  All questions must be directed to NLN's customer service teams.  Phone and/or email contact information for these service teams can be found in the NLN Student Guide available through the above PAX or NACE link.

ACT Testing Requirement

Updated:  November 16, 2021

Applicants must have their ACT/SAT 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. 

  • Traditional RN / Medic To RN minimum score for eligibility:  ACT composite 20 (SAT equivalent 940 in combined verbal/reading and math)
  • PN minimum score for eligibility:  ACT composite 18 (SAT equivalend 860 in combined verbal/reading and math)
  • See RN or PN Admission Packet for valid waivers to the ACT/SAT requirement


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, benchmark data for nursing programs in the state of Kentucky can be found at KBN Program of Nursing Benchmark Data.

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

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
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.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm.

ACEN Seal

Licensure, Completion, and Job Placement Rates

Nursing Student Honor Society

On September 21, 2020, Hopkinsville Community College was only the second school in the state of Kentucky to be awarded a chapter in the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society, governed by the Organization for Associate Degree in Nursing (OADN).  Students who hold a letter grade of "B" in all courses, including prerequisite courses, throughout the nursing program may be invited to be inducted into this honor society.  On December 1, 2020, HCC proudly inducted its first 6 students into the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society.

Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society Seal 

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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Nursing Program Questions?  Contact:

Kristi Martin

Nursing

Administrative Assistant

270.707.3840

kmartin0238@kctcs.edu

NAA100 Nurse Aide Questions?  Contact:

Dawn Saturley

Nursing

Department Assistant

270.707.3848

dsaturley0001@kctcs.edu