Admissions Procedures - Practical Nursing

  1. Applicant must be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the state of Kansas, which certification must be current and ACTIVE for the duration of the program.
  2. Complete the following requirements and application process:
    1. Submit a Hutchinson Community College Application for Admission.
    2. Submit a Practical Nursing Program application
      • Full-time Program applications are accepted between August 1 and January 15.
      • Part-time Program applications are accepted between April 1 and September 15.
    3. Possess English language proficiency.
      • English as a second language must demonstrate proficiency through successful completion of the TOEFL exam.  In compliance with the Kansas State Board of Nursing the HCC PN Program has approved the following minimum scores (each area must meet the minimum requirement) for the TOEFL exam:

        Writing - 20
        Speaking - 20
        Reading - 19
        Listening – 20

      • Or Complete the English Comp IA Course with a C or better.
    4. Complete the Kaplan Pre-Admissions Assessment Exam, administered by HCC, which assesses Math, Science, English language academic readiness. Study guides are available for purchase through the Kaplan website at the following link: Exam results must be at or above the following program benchmarks for acceptance to the program:

      Cumulative Score – 44.9%
      Reading Comprehension Score – 44.9%
      Math Score – 44.9%

    5. Submit Official high school/GED and college transcripts to:

      Hutchinson Community College
      Records Office
      1300 N. Plum
      Hutchinson, KS 67501

    6. Submit contact information for three references, two of which must be professional.
    7. Submit an essay (must be typed and single page).
    8. Attend an information session with the Program Coordinator. After application is received, an email notification will be sent to you through your DragonZone email regarding this information session, date, and time.
    9. Students admitted to the program will be required to submit a complete background check.  Students are responsible for the cost of the background check.
    10. Before entering the program, complete CPR certification at the health care provider level.
    11. Before entering the program, a comprehensive physical examination is required.
  3. Each phase in the admission process is evaluated, with prospective students ranked by the total points received. Applicants on the alternate list must continue to meet all admission criteria to fill vacancies as they may occur.
  4. Individuals who are not accepted may reapply for the next program.
  5. Individuals who have withdrawn after acceptance and who wish to reapply may be exempt from taking the Pre-Admissions Assessment Exam but must submit the application materials and nonrefundable fee again.
  6. Progression in the Nursing Program: Students must receive grades of "C" or above in all courses in the nursing curriculum in order to progress to the next semester. A student who receives a grade lower than a "C" in a required course is withdrawn from the program.
  7. To apply for federal grants or loans, complete the application at Call the financial aid office at 620-245-0202 with any questions.

See application for more details.

For questions or problems with the application process, please contact program secretary at 620-245-0202