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Nursing Transition Program - PN2RN

PN2RN Transition Program Description

The PN2RN track is a three semester course of study that allows a Licensed Practical Nurse to complete the requirements for an associate's degree and become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.

The nursing program is rich in hands-on experience. Clinical experience for the nursing program is obtained in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and schools within a 75-mile to 100-mile radius of the college. Applicants should meet with a nursing advisor to determine an individualized academic plan.

After successful completion of the PN2RN Transition semester, the student is admitted, as space permits, into the final two clinical semesters of the associate degree program.

The LPN must apply for admission to Hocking College, provide verification of an active, unrestricted license as an LPN and successfully complete the HESI (A2) admission test. Students are also required to submit evidence of a clean background check and drug screen, physical examination and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification before beginning clinical coursework. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

Additional requirements include Introduction to Statistics (MATH 2250) and Pathway to Prosperity (GS 1010).

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes.

All-inclusive pricing includes course fees, in addition to the following:

$300......Learning Fee
$20........Health Center Services
$75........Career Center Services

$275....Smart Start*
*Recommended for all first-year college students
Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found online here.

A Career as a Registered Nurse Requires a Healing Touch

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,  2.6 million RN jobs were in the U.S. in 2008, making up 60 percent of healthcare occupations.  Hospital positions accounted for 60 percent of these jobs.  

Other common areas of employment include medical offices, home healthcare and extended care facilities.  

View the occupational profile

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Student Achievement Data

The Registered 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.

RN –NCLEX Pass Rate

2018 Number of graduates  who took exam Number of graduates who passed exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 76 68 89.47%
State of Ohio     No data
National     No data


2017 Number of graduates  who took exam Number of graduates who passed exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 104 85 81.73%
State of Ohio     84.96%
National     87.12%


2016 Number of graduates  who took exam Number of graduates who passed exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 70 67 95.71%
State of Ohio     79.48%
National     81.89%

RN- 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.


Completion Rate






Not available

RN 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.

  No. of Graduates / No. of Placements Placement Rate
Summer 2016 21 / 19 90.4%
Autumn 2016 25 / 16 64%
Spring 2017 32 / 24  75%
Summer 2017 45 / 11 Incomplete data
Autumn 2017  36 / 33 91.7%
Spring 2018  19 / 17 89%
Summer 2018 19 / 15 79%  

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing:

  • Uses the nursing process (assessment, analysis, planning, implementation, and evaluation) as a basis for decision making in developing individualized, holistic plans of care.
  • Uses the nursing process to collaboratively develop a plan of care with the patient and other health team members.
  • Provides empathetic and compassionate care.
  • Applies and facilitates all levels of communication with a focus on therapeutic communication in the nurse-patient relationship.
  • Develops and implements teaching plans that are specific to the patients’ level of development and understanding.
  • Uses nursing knowledge, clinical reasoning, judgment, skills, and current technology to provide and promote safe nursing practice.
  • Adapts and provides specialized nursing care based on knowledge of developmental, biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual differences in patients.
  • Safely performs basic and complex clinical skills.
  • Safely administers and evaluates the effectiveness of medications and treatments.
  • Practices within the profession’s ethical and legal framework and is accountable for own nursing practice.
  • Demonstrates responsibility for professional growth, self-development, and the use of resources for life-long learning.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills through use of assertive behaviors, appropriate delegation of tasks, and supervision of assistive and/or unlicensed personnel, and licensed practical nurses.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of community and world health issues and the delivery of safe, effective care in an ever-changing health.

Retention & Graduation Rates

The statistics for the PN2RN program can be found on the Registered Nurse webpage under Outcomes.

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 my next step?

Submit a High School Transcript, GED or Expected Graduation Form, and submit your current PN license to the Nursing Department. Students also need to take their HESI-A2 and have a 75% or higher prior to entering the PN2RN program.

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.

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, contact Leanna Grey at 740.753.6376.

What are other considerations concerning admission and NCLEX eligibility?

The Ohio Board of Nursing may deny, suspend or revoke a certificate or 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.


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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


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