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Registered Nursing

Upcoming Information Sessions

April 10th: 5:00-6:00 pm in Davidson Hall 3rd floor Room 310
May 8th: 5:00-6:00 pm in Davidson Hall 3rd floor Room 310
June 12th: 5:00-6:00 pm in Davidson Hall 3rd floor Room 310
July 10th: 5:00-6:00 pm in Davidson Hall 3rd floor Room 310
August 7th
: 5:00-6:00 pm in Davidson Hall 3rd floor Room 310

Registered Nursing Program Description

For students entering the program in Spring 2025, the admissions requirements deadline is November 1, 2024. Orientation for those selected will take place on November 20, 2024.

For students entering the program in Autumn 2024, the admissions requirements deadline is June 15, 2024. Orientation for those selected will take place on July 1, 2024.

Hocking College offers a five-semester program 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

Not included in the All-Inclusive Pricing


Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

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.

Completion of the Nursing TEAS Exam at the proficient level or higher will determine whether you qualify for a Nursing program. Students who meet file completion requirements by the deadline for the upcoming semester will be considered for admission based on availability.

Grade point average will be considered if the number of students meeting the file completion requirements exceeds the available seats. File completion does not guarantee admission to the upcoming semester. TEAS Exam scores are valid for two years.

It is your responsibility to monitor admission file completion status. Nursing program admission file completion requirements can be viewed in Self-Service (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 programs. Non-felony convictions will be reviewed by the Program Manager, and admission will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program complies with the criminal records check laws in Ohio specific to healthcare workers. The Board of Nursing is no longer permitted to automatically deny an application or license based on an applicant's convictions.
• 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

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, 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

2023 # of graduates who took the exam # of graduates who passed the exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 44 44 100%
State of Ohio     (not published yet)
National     (not published yet)


2022 # of graduates who took the exam # of graduates who passed the exam Pass Rate
Hocking College 58 47 81.03%
State of Ohio     75.83%
National     77.91%


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%




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.


Registered Nursing Aggregated Completion Rates








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. 

Hocking College Institutional Learning Outcomes

1) Demonstrate sound critical thinking, information literacy and technological competency in the production of academic writing and presentations

2) Apply the methods of mathematical, statistical or analytical reasoning to critically evaluate data, solve problems and effectively communicate findings.

3) Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and economic forces which shape individuals, institutions and communities in the modern world.

4)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.

5)Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in the natural sciences based on theory and laboratory skills.

6) Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness and personal learning strategies in the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.

7) Integrate content material to application in the workforce and apply discipline specific knowledge and skills to successfully transfer or effectively meet the expectations of internships, workplace, volunteerism and/or entrepreneurship endeavors.

8) Utilize the ethical and professional application of current information technology and tools effectively.

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

Associate Degree in Nursing Program Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The 2023 survey resulted in continuing accreditation. 


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