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Posted:  May 31, 2022

Deadline to apply will be October 30, 2022

Applications will be accepted for the:
*RN Traditional Program Track - option for most applicants
*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 Fall 2022 semester to obtain the Spring 2023 nursing application.  Conference details will be posted to this webpage by mid-September.

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.

  • 3 program options
    • Traditional track - 4 semesters of nursing courses (2-year program)
      • Admission option for most students seeking RN degree
    • LPN To RN Bridge track - 3 semesters of nursing courses (1 1/2-year program)
      • Available to LPNs who have a current license in good standing
    • Transition Medic To RN track - 4 semesters of nursing courses (2-year program with some clinical credit for prior learning)
      • Available to a military medic (MOS 68W) who has achieved Level 10 status
      • May be eligible for credit to be awarded for the clinical component in the 1st and 2nd semesters of the traditional RN program.
  • RN Program Admission Packet (updated 3/14/2022)PDF Icon
  • RN Program Curriculum Requirements - all program options (updated 3/8/2022)
  • Admission Cycles:  each Fall (August start) and Spring (January start)

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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 Requirement: ACT composite score of 20 or higher
      (equivalent SAT combined verbal/reading and math score of 940)
    • PN Requirement: ACT composite score of 18 or higher
      (equivalent SAT combined verbal/reading and math score of 860)
    • The writing section is not required for the ACT or SAT.
    • ACT/SAT 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 Traditional track, Medic To RN track, or PN program must take the PAX exam
      • RN Requirement: PAX composite score of 111 or higher
      • PN 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%
  • Attend a Pre-Admission Conference (PAC) - Nursing applications available after attendance 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

Updated:  May 31, 2022

The Pre-Admission Conference for the Spring 2023 admission cycle will be held during the Fall 2022 semester.  Please check back in mid-September for details.

For the Spring 2023 admission cycle, applications will be accepted for the following Associate Degree Nursing Program tracks:

     RN Traditional track - 2 years
     Transition Medic To RN track (for military medics) - 2 years
     LPN to RN Bridge track (LPN with active license) - 3 semesters

The next Practical Nursing (PN) Program admission cycle will be for Fall 2023.  Applications will be available in Spring 2023.

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 at (800)732-8656 option 2 or

Applicants must have their ACT or SAT scores on file by the admission cycle deadline.  Scores received after the deadline are not guaranteed to be used for the nursing application.

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

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  • Nursing Assistant I (NAA 100) - This 3-credit hour course provides nurse aide training.  Successful completion of the course will allow students to take the nurse aide state exam to earn certification on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry.

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

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


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:

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NAA100 Nurse Aide Questions?  Contact:

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