If you are looking for a challenging career where your daily work makes a difference in people's health and lives, then nursing might be for you! The HFC Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates to be caring, compassionate nurses.
Interested in this program?
Why choose Nursing at HFC?
HFC was the first college in Michigan to offer an associate degree nursing program. We remain among the state's most respected nursing programs today, with successful graduates in high demand. For more than 70 years, our faculty has worked hard to ensure that our nursing students receive the highest-quality education with state-of-the-art facilities and experiences. When you complete your nursing degree at HFC, you'll be well-prepared to deliver expert, individualized care to every patient.
Become a nursing student at HFC
Take a moment to view the information included on this page to help guide your choice. When you're ready, attend an Online Nursing Information Session to begin the process of becoming a nursing student at HFC.
Our program is competitive, so attend an information session and connect with a nursing advisor early to plan your requirements.
What skills will I learn and improve?
- Real-life nursing experience
- Clinical, scientific reasoning
- Collaborative team-building skills
- Emergency situation response
- Cognitive, behavioral, and affective skills
- Skills and knowledge needed to apply and complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)
What are my career opportunities?
Nurses are in high demand across the nation and the world. You have many career opportunities as a nurse. We have compiled information from the U.S. Department of Labor on the outlook of various options in the nursing profession.
- Many HFC students successfully go on to earn their BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) from a 4-year university, either immediately after completing the HFC Associate of Science in Nursing degree, or after working in the field to gain additional work experience.
More career opportunities can be found through the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Program features and benefits
Our nursing program classes are primarily in the East Campus (building SN), which is home to multiple practice skills and simulation labs. These labs are designed to help you learn and grow as a student, while exposing you to real-world scenarios that will build your nursing skills.
In addition to our excellent, caring instructors and state-of-the-art instruction, as well as our affordable and highly respected degrees, students benefit from our simulation lab features, and the on-the-job experience you will gain through your required clinical rotations. See below for details.
Simulation Lab Features
Our simulation labs become the "clinical classroom" where you will develop the affective and psychomotor skills necessary for safe, high quality, direct patient care. By using a simulation lab, you gain clinical exposure opportunities and learn evidence-based techniques in a risk-free environment.
In addition to simulation labs, our East Campus features a computer lab and lab office, providing resources and reference material for you and for faculty. Our faculty use best-practice guidelines to plan, implement and evaluate simulation scenarios, experiences and instruction. You may see any of the following used in your classroom:
- Different types of patient simulators,
- Computer simulations,
- Biomedical equipment,
- SimMan®, SimBaby® and Noelle® human simulators
Our goal is to prepare you be the best nurse you can be. We will help you in your transition from student to professional, with proven classroom methods that encourage your independence and growing confidence while maintaining your safety.
Clinical Facilities Sites and Experiences
To provide you with a high-quality learning experience, we use most of the major health systems and clinical agencies in Southeast Michigan. We strive to give you exposure to a variety of clinical sites and situations.
Because clinical experiences are a required and highly valuable part of your nursing studies, our clinical guidelines are as follows:
- We strive to limit your drive time to locations within a 60-minute drive from the main campus.
- You will need to be available during the semester for clinicals at times that work with our clinical partner sites, and that prepare you for real-world work in the field. Clinical placements might be assigned any day of the week, including weekends, and may run any time of day from 6 a.m. through midnight for each semester when you have clinicals. You will be notified of your specific hours and placement when the time comes.
- Our faculty and administrators will help to place you in a clinical site. Our current sites are listed below.
|Health Systems that provide HFC nursing clinicals||Clinical locations|
|Corewell Health||Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Royal Oak, Taylor, Trenton, Wayne|
|DMC Hospitals||Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving, Harper University Hospital|
|Garden City Hospital||Garden City|
|Henry Ford Health System||Detroit, West Bloomfield, Wyandotte|
|Macomb Community Services||Head Start|
|Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital||Monroe|
|Ascension Hospitals||Ascension St. John Hospital, Ascension Providence Hospital Southfield, Ascension Providence Hospital Novi|
|Trinity Health-Michigan||Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills|
|Walter Reuther Psychiatric Hospital||Westland|
Points of pride
We take great pride in our nursing program, the first of its kind in Michigan. It is a fully-accredited program, with modern facilities, teaching methods, and high-end instruction that ensure you receive the highest-quality education.
Our program accreditation
The HFC Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Accreditation reports and results may be viewed upon request in the Nursing Office (N120).
Testimonials and Endorsements
HFC Nursing Student
The stellar reputation of HFC's SNA and their achievements was a fringe benefit to being in the nursing program. Every faculty/staff member is more than willing to help students. It is very obvious that they are passionate about nursing and the success of their students.
Brooke Tarrant, RN
Blue Cross, Blue Shield
I’ve always felt that I was extremely lucky to have attended the nursing program at HFC because it truly prepared me for real life. The skills I acquired during the program were extremely beneficial, not only for achieving my degree but learning time management as a nurse.
HFC Nursing Student
HFC has a reputation of graduating top notch nurses. Choosing HFC was an easy choice over other area programs due to its well-known standard of excellence in preparing future nurses.
HFC's East Campus provides us our own building just for nursing students. This makes coming here feel like coming home to your family.