This program prepares students for entry-level positions as practical nurses. The program combines theory and practice emphasizing the roles of a practical nurse as a provider of care, manager of care, and member of the discipline of nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide basic nursing care under the direct supervision of registered nurses and doctors. LPNs are in demand in several industries throughout the global workforce. Most LPNs work in healthcare facilities, including hospitals, doctors' offices, and long-term care facilities. Duties usually include providing routine care, observing patient's health, assisting doctors and registered nurses, and communicating with patients and their families.
Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional institutional accreditors recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Hutchinson Community College has made the decision to voluntarily withdraw its Practical Nursing program from accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) effective December 31, 2022.
This action aligns HutchCC’s program consistently with the 21 other practical nursing programs in Kansas.
While HutchCC had a long, successful track record with ACEN accreditation, it was determined the expense and additional obligations required of staff were no longer necessary.
Current and prospective students will see no impact as a result of this withdrawal. HutchCC will continue to be approved through the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) as it has been since the program’s inception. The KSBN is one of just five state boards of nursing recognized by the United States Department of Education as a reliable authority to the quality of Nurse Education.
At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nurse licensure (NCLEX-PN).
Full-time Program: October 1st to March 15th -- 10-month program, starts in August.
Part-time Program: April 1st to September 15th -- 18-month program, starts in January.
Any applicant needing accommodations must contact Hutchinson Community College Coordinator of Accessibility Services, 1300 North Plum, Hutchinson, KS, or may call 1-620-665-3554 or 1-800-289-3501 to request accommodations.
The Hutchinson Community College Practical Nursing Program's faculty has identified specific abilities that are critical to the practical nursing students’ success. Students must demonstrate the ability to meet these standards, with or without reasonable accommodations.
The Hutchinson Community College Practical Nursing Program adheres to the Kansas Act Against Discrimination (KAAD) which prohibits discrimination against those with a disability. The KAAD is in compliance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
If anyone needs accommodations to meet the above criteria, please contact the Program Director immediately.
Students in the Allied Health Department must have the following minimum abilities:
Observation - Students must
Communication - Student must
Intellectual/Conceptual/Integrative/Quantitative - Students must
Behavioral, Emotional and Social - Students must
Motor Function - Student must
Physical Endurance - Students must possess
2021 - 79.68%
2020 - 92.45%
2019 - 98.27%
Our 2020 NCLEX-PN pass rate is 83.67%
Our 2019 NCLEX-PN pass rate is 90.91%
Our 2018 NCLEX-PN pass rate is 82.26%
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