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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 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 responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

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.  

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PN2RN Program Admission Requirements

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The School of Nursing uses a selective intake process for admission into the PN2RN transitional track. Admission into the program hinges on a prospective applicant having completed the three (3) criterion listed below and the promptness in which these items are performed to satisfy file completion requirements. 

  1. High School Transcript or GED
    Submit an official high school transcript indicating graduation from an accredited high school or proof of successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) test. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from your high school to the Hocking College Admissions Processing Office, Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764 or submitted through a formal transcript service such as Parchment or eScript. GED certificates must be submitted to the Admissions Processing Office in the official format of the state in which you complete the GED. Faxed, emailed or hand-carried transcripts are not accepted.
    • If you are/were homeschooled, submit a notarized homeschool transcript showing graduation from an approved homeschooling curriculum. The transcript must be submitted to the Admissions Processing Office. If you did not complete an approved homeschool curriculum you may be asked to submit General Education Development (GED) scores.
    • If you completed high school outside of the United States, submit original transcripts (translated to English by a formal translation service if necessary) for schooling equivalent to a United States high school. Once received your transcript will be reviewed to determine if it meets the transcript requirement. It is recommended that you submit official documents in person. Original documents will be copied and returned to you. If you are unable to obtain an official transcript it is recommended that you complete the General Education Development (GED) test.
  2. Practical Nursing Transcript
    Submit an official transcript from the School of Practical Nursing from which you graduated. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from your School of Practical Nursing to the Hocking College Registrar's Office, Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764, or submitted through a formal transcript service such as Parchment or eScript. Faxed, emailed or hand-carried transcripts are not accepted. (Note: If you complete the PN program at Hocking College you do not need to submit a PN transcript).
  3. HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2) for PN2RN
    This exam should be complete prior to your first term of enrollment in the Hocking College nursing program. A score of 75% or above in each subject area is required for admission to the PN2RN Transition program. You are allowed 4 hours to complete the exam which consists of the following: anatomy and physiology, reading comprehension, math and vocabulary. You are encouraged to review prior to taking the exam. An available review resource is HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review. Fourth Edition (ISBN: 978-0-32333-5378-6) or online at HTTP://www.mometrix.com/academy/hesi-a2-test/. Scores from other schools are not accepted.
    You must schedule an appointment to take the HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2). A limited number of seats are available each day and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Nursing Office at 740-753-6376 to schedule an appointment. The exam costs $40 (subject to change) and must be paid online by credit card at the time of testing. You must present a picture ID and have a valid email address available at the time of testing. You must also know your Hocking College student ID number.
    The test can be taken a maximum of 3 times. Each testing session requires a separate appointment and payment of the $40 (subject to change) testing fee. If a score of 75% or higher is not achieved in all subject areas you are not eligible for the PN2RN Transition Program. If you do not have a 75% or higher in all subject areas after the second HESI attempt you will be required to complete remediation before your third attempt. Contact the Nursing Office (by phone at 7407-753-6376 or in person in Davidson Hal, Room 217) for remediation options.
    If you have used all three assessment attempts and do not meet the minimum score of 75% in each subject area you are not eligible for admission to the Nursing Transition (PN2RN) program. You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor to discuss other career options.

The HESI A2 Exam is a standardized test designed to assess/evaluate the learner’s knowledge of these education concepts that are the basis for the body of information that forms the foundation for the art and science of the nursing profession and is frequently chosen by pre-licensure nursing education programs as part of admission criteria. Hocking College School of Nursing does not accept an applicant’s HESI A2 Exam scores from any other pre-licensure nursing program.

Space is limited for registering to reserve your test date and time and scheduling requests are managed on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins are not permitted. Testing dates are available is either a morning (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) OR an afternoon (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) session Monday – Friday on designated dates. The learner has four (4) hours to complete the exam. The learner will pay online onsite at your confirmed appointment date and time using a major debit/credit card; the cost is subject to change without notice. Registrants must provide a current, valid, non-expired photo ID, have an existing valid e-mail address, and must also know their Hocking College student ID number to expedite registration at the time and date scheduled for their HESI A2 Exam testing.

The HESI A2 Exam consists of four subject areas:

• general knowledge and vocabulary,
• reading comprehension,
• math concepts, and
• basic/general science topics with an emphasis on anatomy (structures in an organism such as the human body) and physiology (how the organism’s structures function or work to sustain life)

The applicant must achieve a benchmark or target score of 75% or higher in each of the four subject areas to satisfy the requirement for the School of Nursing’s admission criterion for the Diploma in Practical Nursing (PN) Program.

Following completion of the exam, the learner will receive an individual analysis of his/her performance which will identify subject areas where they excelled and met or exceeded the established threshold for the pre-licensure nursing program in which they desire to seek admission. In addition, the analysis will identify areas that are below the established benchmark and indicate content areas in which additional review and study is recommended. The learn can obtain more information about their individual testing performance at Elsevier's HESI Review & Testing.

Elsevier, which is a renowned publisher of literature and other materials common to nursing education, has a HESI A2 Examination textbook that covers test-taking tips and provides sample practice questions that may be used as a resource for the learner to use in their study efforts to achieve success in each of these subject content areas. In addition, the learner can search the Internet using the terms “HESI A2 Exam practice questions” and will find that there are a variety of websites that provide sample questions at no cost. In answering questions, it is important if the learner does not answer the item correctly that he/she reviews the rationale (explanation) for why their answer was not the correct response; this review is an important component of the learning process and should assist to reinforce knowledge along with identifying a topic or concept that the learner may need to devote additional time and effort in their study preparation for eventual success on this content area. HESI-A2 App for mobile devices, Quizlet.com, and HESI-A2 free online practice exams are additional methods for studying.

The HESI A2 Exam may be taken a maximum of three (3) times for admission consideration into a Hocking College School of Nursing pre-licensure nursing education program. Each testing attempt requires scheduling a separate appointment date, time, and payment of the exam fee. HESI A2 Exam scores achieved from testing completed at Hocking College are valid indefinitely.

If you do not achieve the designated benchmark in ALL subject areas for the respective nursing program you are intending to enroll after your second attempt, you will be required to submit documentation confirming that you have completed remediation (serious review of area(s) identified as being below threshold) before being able to register for a third attempt on the HESI A2 Exam.  

Contact the School of Nursing’s main office at 740-753-6376 or in person at Davidson Hall, 2nd floor, Nursing Department Office #217 for additional information about available remediation options.

The HESI A2 Exam may be taken a maximum of three (3) times. If an applicant exhausts all three (3) attempts on the HESI A2 Exam and has not been successful in achieving the required benchmark in all subject areas, the applicant will be ineligible for admission into a HC School of Nursing pre-licensure nursing education program of study. Should an applicant find themselves in this situation, the applicant should meet with their assigned academic advisor to explore and discuss other available career options which the learner may be interested and eligible to pursue in Hocking College’s School of Allied Health if he/she in fact still desires to pursue a career in a health care discipline or profession.

The applicant is assigned a clinical/theory/technical cohort (class/group) academic start term based upon the date of their successful completion of ALL School of Nursing admission file criterion. Upon acceptance of the invitation to enroll in the respective nursing program, the student’s program of study is changed to reflect enrollment in a nursing major wherein the student will enroll in the first semester of nursing core technical (indicated by a NT designation in course nomenclature) courses identified in the respective Curriculum Plan of Study.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor their admission file completion status and to keep things current/up-to-date.

Additional Requirements for PN2RN Students to Progress to RN Semester 3
  1. Proof of Valid PN license
    Provide proof of a valid, non-restricted PN license. You may submit your license information printed from the Board of Nursing website, a copy of a PN license identification card or a PN license certificate. License information should be submitted to the Hocking College Nursing Office, Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764.
  2. Co-requisites courses
    Co-requisite courses must be completed before progressing to RN Semester 3. Pathway to Prosperity II (GS-1020) must be taken before graduation.
    • PSYC-1101 General Psychology
    • ENGL-1510 English Composition I
    • MATH-2250 Introductory Statistics
    • GS-1010 Pathway to Prosperity I

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

2020 # of graduates who took the exam # of graduates who passed the exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 65 46 70.77%
State of Ohio     84.41%
National     86.58%

2019 # of graduates who took the exam # of graduates who passed the exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 72 54 75.00%
State of Ohio     86.25%
National     88.18%

2018 # of graduates who took the exam # of graduates who passed the exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 76 68 89.47%
State of Ohio     86.88%
National     88.30%


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


Completion rate data is due August 2021.


52% (56/107)


44% (45/103)

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.

Data for the table below is currently being gathered. Please check back later for more information.

  No. of Graduates / No. of Placements Placement Rate

Public Disclosure of Licensure

Hocking College offers courses, associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to professional licensure and/or certification. Successful completion of the programs listed below may potentially lead to professional licensure, registration or certification. Licensure, registration or certification may be global, national, or state-specific. The following programs meet requirements for the State of Ohio. Requirements for other states may vary. If you currently live in a state other than Ohio or intend to move to a state other than Ohio and use the education completed at Hocking College to sit for such an exam, be aware there may be additional requirements. Please contact the appropriate administering body and/or the college contact for the program to discuss your intentions.

Registered Nursing Licensure Disclosure

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:

  • Adhere to professional standards to provide safe, effective, and competent nursing care.
  • Provide nursing interventions to promote, restore and maintain the patient’s physical
    health across the lifespan.
  • Adapt and provides specialized nursing care and clinical judgment based on knowledge
    of developmental, biological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual differences in
  • Uses nursing knowledge, clinical judgment, skills to provide and promote safe nursing
    practice while providing empathetic and compassionate care.

Retention & Graduation Rates

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the Office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2014 45%
2015 41%
2016 43%
2017 35%
2018 22%


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the Office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2014 14%
2015  22%
2016 12%
2017 12%
2018 34%

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)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 
Atlanta, GA 30326


Approval Status with the Ohio Board of Nursing: Full
Accreditation Status with ACEN: Accredited
Accreditation Stipulations: Warning

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