Award: Associate of Sciences Degree
For more information: Visit http://www.harford.edu/nursing or contact Laura
Cianelli Preston, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health
Professions, 443-412-2438, firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Advising, Career, and Transfer Services, 443-412-2301.
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Students complete the nursing courses in four consecutive semesters without a summer session, or in 15 months which includes two summer sessions if admitted to the Accelerated Program or weekend/evening program.
The Associate of Sciences Degree Nursing Program prepares
students for the licensure examination for registered nurses.
The course of study includes both theory presentation and
supervised clinical laboratory experience at affiliating health
care agencies. Students are provided the opportunity to master
the basic competencies necessary to practice as registered
nurses. Graduates of the Associate of Sciences Degree Nursing
Program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure
Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The
program also provides opportunities to plan for career
mobility through courses that articulate with selected
baccalaureate nursing programs in the state of Maryland.
This program offers daytime theory sections. Day and evening
clinical sections are required. Admission to the National
Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing
is determined by the Maryland Board of Nursing. By law, the
Maryland Board of Nursing may deny licensure for a variety
of reasons which may include conviction of a felony or crime
involving moral turpitude, if the nature of the offense bears
directly on the fitness of the person to practice nursing.
of Sciences Degree Nursing Program is approved by the
Maryland Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for
Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Road NE,
Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 - 404-975-5000.
RN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Meeting with an academic advisor and/or attending
pre-nursing seminars is strongly recommended.
To be considered for admission to the Associate Degree
Nursing Program, students must meet the following criteria:
- By February 15 for admission to the summer accelerated
and/or weekend/evening class and/or fall class, by
October 1 admission to the spring class. Complete and
submit HCC enrollment application if not a current
student, apply to the Nursing Program, and submit all
official transcripts from other colleges. Applications and official transcripts must be received together as a package. Students must have declared a program of study (NURP) in order to
have college transcripts evaluated.
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is one of the requirements for admission to the HCC Nursing Program. Students who have tested at other schools or locations can request to have their TEAS scores sent to Harford Community College for a fee. The request should be made no later than 5 days prior to the application deadline to ensure the scores have been received at HCC by the deadline.
Non U.S. citizens applying to the nursing program must
complete and submit a paper Application for Enrollment
along with all other required nursing program application
materials by the stated nursing application deadline date.
Valid photo identification verifying current immigration
status (work card, resident card, or applicable visa)
must be presented in person at the time of application
Students with an F-1 visa through another institution
must complete and submit the International Application
for Enrollment and Financial Capability forms in addition
to the paper Application for Enrollment and all other
nursing program application materials by the stated
nursing application deadline date. Valid I-20 and visa
identification verifying current immigration status is
required. Please contact the Admissions Office at
443-412-2107 to request a copy of the International
Application for Enrollment and Financial Capability
Forms or download it from our website at:
International transcripts must be official, translated
versions evaluated by an accredited evaluation service,
when submitted to the Registration and Records Office
as part of the nursing application process. All transcripts
must be submitted by the stated nursing application
If you plan to transfer credit from a college or university
outside of the United States, please allow adequate time
for requesting, translation and evaluation of academic
credentials in order to meet the nursing application
deadline. Non U.S. academic credit evaluated by another
U.S. college or university will not be accepted.
- To meet the math requirement to qualify for the nursing program, students must do one of the following:
- Receive a qualifying score on the HCC math assessment test (score valid for 2 years), or
- Achieve a 550 score on SAT mathematics (score valid for 2 years), or
- Complete the highest transitional math course at HCC (017 or 018), or
- Complete a college-level general education math course (101, 102, 216, etc.)
- Complete a minimum of 16 college credits.
A. ENG 101* - English Composition
BIO 203* - Anatomy and Physiology I
PSY 101 - General Psychology
B. Two courses from the following:
PSY 214* - Human Development Across the Life Span
BIO 204* - Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 205* - Microbiology
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
MATH elective requirement
* A grade of C or better must be earned in these
- Achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.50 on the
courses applicable to the Associate of Sciences Degree
- Take the Test of Essential Skills (TEAS).
- Submit satisfactory health evaluation upon acceptance
into the Nursing Program.
- Maintain good Academic Standing.
The program is highly competitive and completion of the
admission criteria may not result in admission to the program.
Students planning to transfer credits to a baccalaureate
nursing program are encouraged to confer with an academic
advisor for the planning of their academic program of
study. There are four Maryland Universities who will award a minimum of 30 upper division nursing credits to the registered nurse with an active, unencumbered
Maryland nursing license upon enrollment into the RN to
The Registered Nurse (RN) assumes a variety of responsibilities
as a member of the health care team, including management
of client care through assessment and documentation of
symptoms, reactions, and the progress of clients. The nurse
plans, implements, supervises, and evaluates activities
directed toward health restoration, health promotion,
health maintenance, and illness prevention. Employment
opportunities for the registered nurse are available in
national, metropolitan Baltimore, and local job markets.
Future projections for employment of registered nurses are
highly favorable, with practice opportunities in a variety
of health care settings.
Required Course Sequence
After completion of NURS 105, NURS 107, and NURS 112, students may be eligible for the PN program.
* A grade of C or better must be earned in these courses.
** Registration for Medical-Surgical Nursing III
(NURS 211) requires concurrent registration of
any remaining courses necessary for graduation.
*** Must select from PE 133, PE 136, PE 137, PE 138, PE 147, PE 169, PE 171, PE 228 or PE 230.
# Represents term courses (seven week). Nursing courses are either
full-semester courses or term courses; second and third
semester clinical courses may not be taken concurrently.
A minimum of four semesters is required to meet clinical
nursing course degree requirements for the Associate Degree
Program in Nursing once a student is selected to the nursing
program. Students who have major home/family or work
responsibilities must be aware of the extensive time
commitment required by nursing courses. Progression through
the program may either follow a typical five-semester plan, or
the plan may be modified to accommodate part-time study.
Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor
to plan a schedule that will meet program requirements while
taking into consideration student capabilities.
The nature of the nursing curriculum, where one concept
builds upon another, requires an orderly, sequential
progression which follows the curriculum plan. Any break
in this sequence of progression due to withdrawal, failure of
a required course, failure to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0
or any need for a leave of absence from the program will
require a written request for re-enrollment to the Dean of
Nursing and Allied Health Professions.
Further details regarding Nursing Program progression and other nursing protocols can be found in the Nursing
Student Handbook or on www.harford.edu/nursing.
CPR Certification by the American Heart Association for
Health Care Providers or American Red Cross CPR for the
Professional Rescuer is required and must be maintained
throughout enrollment in the nursing program.
Annual PPD status and immunization and health records must
be maintained and up-to-date throughout enrollment in the