Nursing

 

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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.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$59,370
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low: $44k med: $59k high: $79k

What are my career choices?

There are many job opportunities as a Registered Nurse that include, but are not limited to, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, child care centers, educational facilities, physician's offices, etc.

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.

Nursing Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Nursing $59,370
Practical Nursing $50,399
Medication Aide $32,411
Medicaid Nurse Aide $32,411

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

  • Registered Nursing Program (RN Program)
  • Practical Nursing Program (PN Program)
    • Diploma: 11-month program (August-June)
    • Effective Fall 2018, the PN Curriculum has changed from 18-months to 11-months.  The program will begin in August and end in June.
    • SPECIAL NOTE:  On 2/1/2018, the general education course requirements were revised from what was published in November 2017.
    • THE NEXT ADMISSION CYCLE WILL BE FOR FALL 2018
  • 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

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

Other Courses Offered

National Licensure

The HCC RN and PN Programs are fully approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (www.kbn.ky.gov).

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. www.acenursing.org.

Additional Information

Medicaid Nurse Aide: 3 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Medication Aide: 5 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Practical Nursing: 53 - 57 Total credit hours
Nursing: 71 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

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.

Program Contacts

Kristi Martin
Nursing
Allied Health Administrative Assistant
270.707.3840
kmartin0238@kctcs.edu

Veronica Tolbert
Nursing
NAA100 On-Demand Division Assistant
270.707.3858
vtolbert0002@kctcs.edu