Diploma in Practical Nursing

Hocking College offers a three clinical/theory semester program which results in a Diploma in Practical Nursing.  Courses include fundamentals, geriatrics, obstetrics and medical surgical nursing.  Additional classes focus on basic psychology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and pharmacology.  Hands-on experience begins in the nursing skills lab before patient/client contact in extended care and assisted living facilities or hospitals.

The Diploma in Practical Nursing and prepares you for licensure and practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  You will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Hocking College Level PN graduates who meet specified academic and clinical requirements may elect to apply to the PN2RN track to pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Students are required to complete Pre-Clinical requirements, such as a background check, drug screen, physical examination, STNA Certification and CPR for the Professional Rescuer prior to beginning clinical/theory coursework.

The nursing program is rich in hands-on experience. Clinical experience for the nursing program is obtained in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home healthcare agencies, schools, clinics, and camps within a 75-mile radius of the college. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites. 

Applicants should meet with a nursing advisor to determine an individualized academic plan.

Approved by the
Ohio Board of Nursing 
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215

Accredited by the
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

The Licensed Practical Nursing program publishes student achievement data as required by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The data includes graduate success on the NCLEX licensure exam, program completion and employment rates.


 LPN –NCLEX Pass Rate


Year 1/1/15-12/31/15

Hocking College


State of Ohio





LPN- Program Completion

ACEN defines program completion as the number of students who complete the program in no more than 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course.


Year 7/1/14-6/30/15

Hocking College



LPN Job Placement Rate

ACEN defines job placement as the percentage of graduates, six to twelve months after graduating employed in a position for which the program prepared them



Year 7/1/14-6/30/15

Hocking College


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

How do I apply for the Nursing Program?

Apply online here.

I have applied to Hocking and received the general acceptance letter in the mail. What is the next step?

Submit a High School Transcript, GED or Expected Graduation Form, and take the Accuplacer Test. Make an appointment to take the HESI A2 Admission Test.

What do I need to do to schedule my classes?

Meet with an advisor.

What is a SEP? Why do I need that?

The Student Educational Plan (SEP) is a graduation plan formulated between an advisor and the student. Students must meet with an advisor to plan their course of study for each term based on the curriculum in their program. The SEP is required. Once an advisor approves it, the student may register for classes.

What is the wait to get into the Clinical/Theory portion Nursing Program at Hocking?

You will be assigned a clinical/theory start term upon completion of your admission file requirements.

Will I be required to have my State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Certification?

STNA Certification is required.

I already have received my LPN, and want to know what I need to do to get into the RN program at Hocking?

Hocking College provides a PN2RN transition program. For more information, call 740.753.6376.

What are other considerations concerning admissions and NCLEX eligibility?

The Ohio Board of Nursing may deny, suspend or revoke a certificate of license. Please arrange for a conference with the School of Nursing Dean before enrolling in the nursing program. If you have any questions, visit the Ohio Board of Nursing website.

What if I am interested in obtaining my BSN?

Through our University Center, we have established partnerships with four-year colleges and universities.

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Diploma in Practical Nursing:

  • Participates collaboratively in the nursing process by contributing to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of individualized, holistic plans of care.
  • Uses clinical reasoning skills in all areas of LPN practice.
  • Provides empathetic and compassionate care.
  • Practices basic principles of effective and therapeutic communication with patients, significant others, and health team members.
  • Provides basic information to meet the learning needs of patients.
  • Uses nursing knowledge, skills, and current technology to provide and promote safe nursing practice.
  • Provides basic nursing care based on developmental, biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual differences in patients.
  • Safely performs basic clinical skills.
  • Safely administers and contributes to the evaluation of the effectiveness of medications and treatments.
  • Practices within the profession’s ethical and legal framework and is accountable for own nursing practice and care delegation.
  • Demonstrates responsibility for professional growth, self-development, and lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the levels of authority and responsibility and uses basic leadership skills to delegate nursing care tasks.




Diploma in Nursing - Practical Nursing

Course of Study

For students entering May 2017

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
BIOS-1113Anatomy and Physiology I3.002.004.00$170.00
NT-1000PN Intro to Holistic Care3.009.006.00$270.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NT-1014PN Intro Pharmacology2.000.002.00$46.00
NT-1010PN Care Across Lifespan3.0012.007.00$270.00
PSYC-1101General Psychology3.000.003.00$15.00
BIOS-1114Anatomy and Physiology II3.002.004.00$170.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NT-1020PN Care of Diverse Clients3.0012.007.00$387.00
NT-1030PN Legal/Transition1.000.001.00$35.00
NT-1034PN Drug Classifications2.000.002.00$35.00
NT-1031PN Child Health1.000.001.00$10.00
NT-1035PN IV Therapy0.003.001.00$150.00
PSYC-2151Developmental Psychology3.000.003.00$15.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are usually employed in medical-surgical units in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and clinics. Nursing graduates may be requested to work evening, night and weekend shifts.

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