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Important Information:

Fall 2023 ADMISSION CYCLE:
Applications will be available in March 2023.
Application Deadline will be May 15, 2023.

Applications will be accepted for the:

  • PN Program Track
  • RN Traditional Program Track
  • Transition Medic To RN Program Track - for military medics
  • LPN To RN Bridge Program Track - for actively licensed LPNs
You must attend a Pre-Admission Conference during the Spring 2023 semester to obtain the Fall 2023 nursing application.
  • Please check this webpage in March for details on how to complete the mandatory Pre-Admission Conference.

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.

 

Program Options

  • Track 1: Traditional (for most students) - 2 years of nursing courses, 62-66 total credit hours
  • Track 2: Medic To ADN Transition (for military medics level 10 / MOS 68W) - 2 years of nursing courses with prior learning credit for clinical hours in 1st and 2nd semester, 57-61 total credit hours
  • Track 3: LPN to RN Bridge (for currently licensed LPNs) - 1 1/2 years of nursing courses with prior learning credit for 1st semester fundamentals course, 50 -51 total credit hours
  • 11-month program (mid August-mid July), 45-53 total credit hours

 

 

Visit the Nursing Assistant page for information about this course and more information on the nurse aide state testing.

 

Estimated Cost
Program Tuition and Fees Additional Expenses Total
RN Traditional $12,540 $6,393 $18,933
Medic to ADN $11,590 $6.393 $17,983
LPN to RN Bridge $9.690 $5,723 $15,413
PN Program $10,070 $4,602 $14,672

All costs are subject to change without notice.
Nursing additional expenses may include but are not limited to: books, nursing kits, uniforms, liability insurance, immunizations, CPR certification, background checks, drug screenings, required online course resources, NCLEX fees, licensure application fees prior to obtaining RN or LPN license, and graduation regalia.

Technical STANDARDS for Nursing Programs

Nursing at the technical level involves the provision of direct care for individuals and is characterized by the application of verified knowledge in the skillful performance of nursing functions.  All students should possess sufficient:

  • visual acuity
  • auditory perception
  • gross and fine motor coordination
  • communication skills
  • intellectual and emotional functions

Students in the nursing program should expect to use physical abilities such as lifting up to 50 pounds and standing for long periods of time.

Nursing Admission Requirements

HCC admits students twice per year to the RN Traditional, Medic To ADN, and LPN to RN Bridge tracks.

  • Fall admission cycle deadline: May 15
  • Spring admission cycle deadline: October 30

HCC admits students once per year to the PN track.

  • Fall admission cycle deadline: May 15
  • No Spring admission cycle
  • RN Traditional Track or Medic to ADN Track
    • BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
    • PSY 110 General Psychology - 3 credits
    • Quantitative Reasoning math course - 3 credits (MAT 150 College Algebra, STA 220 Statistics, or other eligible course as selected with advisor)
    • NAA 100 Nursing Assistant I with passing nurse aide state exam OR have a current nurse aide certification on a state nurse aide registry
  • LPN to RN Bridge Track
    • BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credits
    • BIO 139 Human Anatomy and Physiology II - 4 credits
    • PSY 110 General Psychology - 3 credits
    • Quantitative Reasoning math course - 3 credits (MAT 150 College Algebra, STA 220 Statistics, or other eligible course as selected with advisor)
    • Current, unencumbered LVN/LPN license with a state board of nursing
  • PN Track
    • BIO 137 Human Anatomy and Physiology I - 4 credit or BIO 135 Basic Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
    • ENG 101 Writing I - 3 credits
    • AHS 115 Medical Terminology - 3 credits (may substitute CLA 131 or MIT 103)
    • NAA 100 Nursing Assistant I with passing nurse aide state exam OR have a current nurse aide certification on a state nurse aide registry

PAX Exam: Applicants to the RN Traditional, Medic To ADN, or PN track must take the National League for Nursing’s PAX exam and submit scores to the HCC Nursing Department.  For information about the PAX, please visit the PAX webpage.

Minimum PAX scores to be eligible:

  • RN Traditional or Medic to ADN Track - composite of 111
  • PN Track - composite of 99
  • LPN to RN Bridge applicants do not take the PAX. See below for NACE information.

NACE Exam: Applicants to the LPN To RN Bridge track must take the National League for Nursing’s NACE Foundations of Nursing exam and submit scores to the HCC Nursing Department.  For information about the NACE, please visit the NACE webpage

Recommended NACE score:

  • Composite 76%
  • Depending on the applicant pool, applicants may be considered if below the recommended score but no less than a composite 74%

ACT/SAT: Applicants must submit ACT or SAT scores unless they meet specific criteria to qualify for a waiver.

Minimum ACT/SAT scores to be eligible:

  • RN Traditional or Medic to ADN Track - ACT composite of 20 or SAT combined reading and math of 940
  • PN Track - ACT composite of 18 or SAT combined reading and math of 860
  • LPN to RN Bridge applicants may request a waiver for the ACT/SAT.

Qualifying Waivers to ACT/SAT Requirement:

For all RN tracks (meet one):

  • Have a Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university/college
  • Earn a PAX composite score of 130 or higher
  • Hold a current, unencumbered LPN license

For PN track (meet one):

  • Have an Associate's degree or higher from an accredited university/college
  • Earn a PAX composite score of 115 or higher
  • Have documented military experience as a medic

Applicants (except LPN-RN Bridge) must have an active status on a state nurse aide registry.  The active status can be on Kentucky’s nurse aide registry or any other state’s registry.  You will be asked to list the state and certification/registration number on your nursing application.

If you are not yet on a state nurse aide registry, you may still apply for the program.  However, you must have an active status by the end of Summer term for the Fall admission cycle or by December 31 for the Spring admission cycle.

Applicants to the LPN-RN Bridge Program must have an active, unencumbered LPN/LVN license with a state board of nursing.  The license can be with Kentucky Board of Nursing or any other state.

If you are a recent graduate of a PN Program, you may still apply for the LPN-RN Bridge.  However, you must have an active, unencumbered LPN/LVN license by the end of Summer term for the Fall admission cycle or by December 31 for the Spring admission cycle.

To receive the nursing application, you must attend a Pre-Admission Conference during the semester prior to the admission cycle for which you plan to apply.  We will host a minimum of 2 conferences for in-person attendance.  An online conference may be offered but is not guaranteed.

All attendees of the Pre-Admission Conference will be given access to the online nursing application for the upcoming admission cycle.  Applications are not available prior to the conference.

Pre-Admission Conference

Details for completing the mandatory Pre-Admission Conference requirement for Fall 2023 admission will be posted to this webpage in March.

Applications will be available for:

  • PN track
  • RN track
  • Medic to ADN track (for military medics with level 10 training or MOS 68W)
  • LPN to RN Bridge track (for actively licensed LPNs)

Nursing Student Handbook

Current nursing students may access the Nursing Student Handbook through their nursing course in Blackboard.  Prospective students who would like a copy may contact kmartin0238@kctcs.edu to request an electronic copy to be emailed to you.  Students are welcome to review the handbook prior to being accepted to the Nursing Program but are not required to do so.

Additional Information

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.

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Licensure, Completion, and Job Placement Rates

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 

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