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Registered Nursing

Registered Nursing Program Description

For students entering the program in Spring 2023, the file completion deadline is November 15, 2022. Students selected for admission will be sent an invitation to the Nursing Student Orientation being held on November 29, 2022.

Hocking College offers a five-semester with one pre-clinical semester and four theory/clinical semesters, which results in an associate's degree. The Associate of Applied Science in Nursing prepares students to apply and take the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Students are required to complete file completion requirements, such as a background check, drug screen, physical examination, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer general coursework prior to beginning clinical coursework. Completion of the State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) is highly recommended but is not an admission requirement for the Nursing program.


The nursing program is rich in hands-on experience. Clinical experience for the nursing program is obtained in hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, and clinics within a 75-mile to 100-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.

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 Registered Nurse Requires a Healing Touch

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $75,330 in May 2020.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

194,500 openings for registered nurses are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

RN Program Admission Requirements

 Print File Completion Guide  View File Completion Guide

All Nursing program applicants are accepted into the Associate of Science (AS) program and may begin taking general classes. The AS program is a pathway to the Nursing program and allows you to complete general education requirements for Nursing. Upon successful completion of all nursing admission requirements your academic program will be changed to Nursing.

Completion of the Nursing TEAS Exam will determine whether you qualify for the Nursing program. Admission file completion requirements are outlined below. You will be assigned a clinical/theory/technical class start term based on your date of admission file completion.

It is your responsibility to monitor admission file completion status. Nursing program admission file completion requirements can be viewed in WebAdvisor (Students menu) by clicking on the My Documents link under the Communications tab. All Nursing communication will be sent to your Hocking College email account. If you have questions regarding file completion requirements, please contact your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office (by phone at 740-753-7068, in person in JL 184 or by email at admissionfile@hocking.edu).

Other things to note:
• Completion of the State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) is highly recommended but is not an admission requirement for the Nursing program.
• Students convicted of a felony are not eligible for entrance to the Hocking College Nursing program. The program complies with the criminal records check laws in Ohio specific to healthcare workers.
• Students are required to complete and pass a drug screen upon acceptance into the Nursing program. This is a requirement of our affiliate healthcare agencies. We will notify you when you need to complete the drug screen.

If you are not currently a Practical Nurse you must complete the following requirements to determine your eligibility for the Nursing program.

1. Nursing TEAS Exam
It is recommended that this exam be completed prior to your first term of enrollment at Hocking College. The Nursing TEAS Exam determines eligibility for the Nursing program. You are allowed 4 hours to complete the exam which consists of the following: math, reading, science and English. A composite score of proficient level or higher is required for admission to the Nursing program. Scores from other schools are not accepted.

You must schedule an appointment to take the Nursing TEAS Exam. Testing dates are available online (https://atitesting.com/teas/register) or call the nursing office for more details. A limited number of seats are available each testing date and are filled on a first come first served basis. See the Nursing web page for information on scheduling a Nursing TEAS test date. The exam costs $82 (subject to change) and must be paid online when you schedule your testing appointment. The exam is given in the Hocking College Testing Center (DVD 108). 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 with a minimum of 14 days between each test date. Each testing session requires a separate appointment and payment of the $82 (subject to change) testing fee. TEAS scores do not expire.

You are encouraged to review prior to taking the exam. Resource: Official ATI TEAS Study Manual 2022-2023, 7th Edition. ISBN-13: 978-1565332393. Additional online resources can be found at nursehub.com.

If you have used all three assessment attempts and do not meet the minimum proficient level you are not eligible for admission to the Nursing program. You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor to discuss other career options.

Note: The Nursing TEAS Exam replaces the HESI Admission Assessment Exam. For students who have already taken the HESI Exam, or are preparing to take the exam, please contact the Nursing Office for further instructions.

2. 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 submitted to the Hocking College Registrar’s Office through a formal transcript service (i.e., Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse) or mailed directly from your high school to the Hocking College Registrar’s Office, Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville OH 45764. GED certificates must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office in the official format of the state in which you completed the GED. Faxed, emailed or hand carried transcripts are not accepted.
- If you are/were home schooled, submit a notarized homeschool transcript showing graduation from an approved homeschooling curriculum. The transcript must be submitted to the Registrar’s 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.

3. Online Nursing Program Orientation
Students applying for the Nursing program for summer 2022 or later will need to complete an online Nursing program orientation. This online course will be available beginning March 1, 2022.

4. Pre-Clinical Course Completion
• Satisfactorily complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or higher. You may take a class no more than two (2) times to earn the “C” or higher grade. If you do not achieve the required grade in two attempts, you are not eligible for the Nursing program.
• Courses completed at another college/university must have a “C” grade or higher, be documented on an official college transcript and posted as transfer credit. Official college/university transcripts must submitted to the Hocking College Registrar’s Office through a formal transcript service (i.e., Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse) or be mailed directly from the awarding institution to the Hocking College Registrar’s Office, Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville OH 45764. Faxed, emailed or hand carried transcripts are not accepted.

4a. Complete BIOS-1113 - Anatomy and Physiology I with a grade of “C” or higher or have transfer credit posted showing completion of the course at another college/university with a “C” or higher.

4b. Complete ENGL-1510 - English Composition I with a grade of “C” or higher or have transfer credit posted showing completion of the course at another college/university with a “C” or higher.

4c. Complete MATH-2250 - Introductory Statistics OR MATH-1113 - College Algebra with a grade of “C” or higher or have transfer credit posted showing completion of the course at another college/university with a “C” or higher.

4d. Complete MICR-1201 – Microbiology with a grade of “C” or higher or have transfer credit posted showing completion of the course at another college/university with a “C” or higher.

Click here to download the Nursing Handbook.

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 the three most recent years of annual program completion data, job placement data, and the programs annual licensure examination pass rate with at least an 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12 -month period.

RN –NCLEX Pass Rate

2021 # of graduates who took the exam # of graduates who passed the exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 59 45 76.27%
State of Ohio     79.07%
National     78.78%


2020 # of graduates who took the exam # of graduates who passed the exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 69 47 68.12%
State of Ohio     84.41%
National     82.80%


2019 # of graduates who took the exam # of graduates who passed the exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 73 55 75.34%
State of Ohio     86.25%
National     85.17%


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 Aggregated (RN)

Completion Rate Aggregated (PN to RN)


50% 56% 44%














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. 

Institutional Outcomes

  • Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations.
  • Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.
  • Understand social justice and the diversities and complexities of the cultural and social world past and present, and come to an informed sense of self and others. 
  • Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.
  • Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.
  • Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations on internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes, knowledge, skills, and attitudes are 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 patients.
• Uses nursing knowledge, clinical judgment, skills to provide and promote safe nursing practice while providing empathetic and compassionate care.

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
2020- 2021 44%
2019- 2020 50%
2018- 2019 77%

*Starting in 2020, retention data has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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 TEAS exam

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. 

What if I am interested in obtaining my BSN?

Through our Career & 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: Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause

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