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Nursing: Transition Program - PN2RN


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. 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.

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

Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

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 take the Accuplacer Test. Make an appointment to take the HESI A2 Admission Test.

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 Michele Hanson 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. 

Program Outcomes

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

  • Uses the nursing process (assessment, analysis, development of nursing diagnoses, 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 client 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-client relationship;
  • Develops and implements teaching plans that are specific to the clients’ level of development and understanding;
  • Uses nursing knowledge, critical thinking, 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 clients;
  • 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 and for those under supervision;
  • Assumes 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 unlicensed personnel, and licensed practical nurses; and,
  • Demonstrates an awareness of community and world health issues and their impact on individuals and health care.



Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Transition PN2RN

Course of Study

For students entering May 2016

COURSE NO.PN2RN CO-REQUISITESClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
PSYC-1101General Psychology3.000.003.00$15.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
MATH-1113College Algebra4.000.004.00$40.00
COURSE NO.PN2RN TRANSITION SEMClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NT-1140PN2RN Adult Health2.002.003.00$200.00
NT-1147PN2RN Maternal Newborn1.000.001.00$45.00
NT-1142PN2RN Holistic Care & RN Transition2.000.002.00$45.00
NT-1144PN2RN Pharmacology2.000.002.00$45.00
NT-1141PN2RN A&P/Micro/Patho2.000.002.00$95.00
COURSE NO.RECOGNITION OF PN*Class HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NT-1050Concepts of Nursing Care0.000.0010.00
NT-1060Concepts of Nursing Science0.000.0010.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NT-2010RN Adult Health III/Mental Health3.0015.008.00$420.00
NT-2014RN Applied Pharmacology1.000.001.00$45.00
PSYC-2151Developmental Psychology3.000.003.00$15.00
HLTH-1202Community Health1.000.001.00$10.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
NT-2020Nursing Care of Patients W/Complex Health Alterations4.0015.009.00$479.00
NT-2024Leadership in Nursing2.000.002.00$50.00


*Recognition of achievement equal to 20 semester credit hours will be awarded to the LPN after successful completion of the PN2RN Transition courses. This will be posted on the transcript as NT-1050 and NT-1060

Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Career Opportunities

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.  Salaries at the entry level for RN’s range from $30,000 to $45,000.  The median RN wage in the US is estimated at $64,690.

Occupational Profile

Hocking College

School of Health and Safety
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Bonnie Allen Smith, PhD, MS, RN
Nursing Program Director
Dean, School of Health and Safety

Stephanie Eggars
Clinical Placement Coordinator

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