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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Program Description

Accepting applications for Autumn 2021

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, and pharmacology. Hands-on experience begins in the nursing skills lab before patient/client contact in long-term care 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 file-completion 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 long-term care facilities and hospitals, within a 75-mile to 100-mile radius of the college. 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. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services



$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

A Career as a Licensed Practical Nurse Requires a Healing Touch

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.

View the occupational profile

PN Program Admission Requirements

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All interested applicants’ intent on pursuing admission into Hocking College’s School of Nursing are initially admitted into the College of Arts, Business and Science (ABS) in the Associate of Science (AS) Degree Program and may begin taking general education courses (GECs) which are designated (have a non-NT nomenclature designation preceding the specified number) as being included in the desired pre-licensure nursing program of study in which the applicant is intent on enrolling. The GECs are identified in the Curriculum Plan (sheet) for the respective nursing program and are available under the majors heading Allied†Health†and†Nursing†and the Webpage for the respective nursing track or program. However, the learner needs to be aware that taking GECs prior to entering the nursing major may affect the total credit hour load they carry in an academic term and hence will most likely affect financial aid eligibility and award. Financial aid will not cover additional courses that are not listed in a student’s major plan of study. The A.S. Degree Program is a pathway providing basic subject content that provides a foundation on which nursing knowledge is expanded on in the respective pre-licensure nursing education program the applicant desires to pursue undertaking.

The School of Nursing uses a selective intake process for Admission into the Diploma in Practical Nursing (PN) Program, the PN2RN transitional track, and the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) Degree / Registered Nursing (RN) Program. Admission into the program hinges on a prospective applicant having done the three (3) criterion listed below and the promptness in which these items are performed to satisfy file completion requirements. Pathway to Prosperity is not a selective intake admissions requirement but is required for graduation.

  1. Submission of official transcript from high school or GED and all post-secondary academic institutions in which the applicant had enrolled, attended, or graduated. Document(s) must be either mailed to the Registrar and Records Office at Hocking College or sent via email by a transcript service to registrar@hocking.edu.

  2. Submission of documentation verifying current, active issuance of having a certificate as a state tested nurse aide (STNA) in Ohio, certification as a medical assistant (CMA), or certification as an emergency medical technician-paramedic (EMT or EMT-P).

    Documentation must be submitted to the Hocking College School of Nursing Office, Davidson Hall 217, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764 or may be turned in at the School of Nursing located in Davidson Hall on the second floor, office #217. The applicant’s nursing assistive/paraprofessional personnel certification must be current (not have lapsed) and remain active at the time the nursing student begins their first clinical nursing course in the pre-licensure nursing program in which they enroll and are admitted.

  3. Register to take the HESI A2 (A2 = Admission Assessment) Examination at Hocking College Davidson Hall (main campus) by contacting Leanna Grey, Nursing Office Manager, Phone 740-753-6350 OR email greyl32771@hocking.edu to schedule your testing appointment. Detailed information about preparing for the HESI A2 Exam and the established benchmarks which must be attained is described in more detail below.

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 on-line onsite at your confirmed appointment date and time using a major debit/credit card; 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 70% 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 which 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 HC 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 HC’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 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.

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.

PN –NCLEX Pass Rate

2019 1st Quarter: # of graduates who took exam 1st Quarter: # of graduates who 
passed exam
1st Quarter: Pass Rate Second Quarter: # of graduates who took exam 2nd Quarter: # of graduates who passed exam 2nd Quarter: Pass Rate To Date
Hocking College 9 8 88.89% 10 8 80% 84.21%


2018 # of graduates 
who took exam
# of graduates who 
passed exam
Pass Rate
Hocking College 37 27 73.33%
State of Ohio     84.55%
National     85.93%


2017 # of graduates 
who took exam
# of graduates who 
passed exam
Pass Rate
Hocking College 48 30 61.53%
State of Ohio     82.89%
National     83.85%


PN- 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 Completion Rate






Unavailable due to time in one-half completion rate


Unavailable due to time in one-half completion rate


PN 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.

2019 Spring Summer Autumn
Hocking College No data No data No data
Placement Rate 100% 100% Pending

2018 Spring Summer Autumn
Hocking College No terminal cohort 10/12 No data
Placement Rate  No data  83.30% 88%

2017 Spring Summer Autumn
Hocking College 8/10 9/10 19/24
Placement Rate 80%  90% 79.20%


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 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.

Download 2017-2018 Data

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
2016 - 2017 54%
2015 - 2016 52%
2014 - 2015 51%


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
2016 - 2017 66.67%
2015 - 2016 88.89%
2014 - 2015 96.43%

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 to the Registrar's Office and take the HESI-A2

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.

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. 


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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


Approval Status with the Ohio Board of Nursing: Provisional
Accreditation Status with ACEN: Accredited


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