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If this is your first time attending college, start here.

Apply here if this will be your first time attending college to earn credit toward a degree or certificate, and you have never applied to Henry Ford College.

Complete instructions about how to get started can be found in the sections below.

If you are currently a high school senior

Welcome Seniors! Here are some steps to help you prepare for Henry Ford College, with recommended timelines.

(If you want to apply for dual enrollment while you are in high school, visit the Dual Enrollment section instead.)

The following timeline is for students who plan to start in the Fall semester. You may start in Winter, Summer, or Fall. For timelines not shown here, contact us.

Now - Apply. Financial Aid. Placement.

January through March - HFC Scholarship application opens.

  • Complete the Scholarship application between January 1 - March 31, 2021

April - Orientation. Advising. Registration opens.

June - Request your transcripts.

If you have not completed your FAFSA, or need to turn in documents for verification, make it a priority! Remember to keep checking your student portal and HFC email for updates.

August - Pay for classes. Buy books. Go to class!

  • Payment
  • Get ready for a great start to your fall semester!

Have questions? We can help. Contact us at enroll@hfcc.edu or schedule an appointment for assistance with admissions, financial aid, or registering for classes.

If you have already earned a high school diploma or GED, or you are an adult student

If you have a high school diploma or GED (and have never attended any college), here is your checklist to apply to Henry Ford College:

Unsure of your academic program?

  • What should I do if I don't know what I want to study? One place to start is to complete the free Focus 2 Career Assessment tool to match your interests and strengths with HFC programs that lead to some of the most in-demand careers.

  • What academic and workforce programs does HFC offer? Explore HFC programs to learn about your study and career options.

  • You may also wish to speak to an academic advisor or counselor about your career and life goals. These professionals can help you choose an academic program and path that will help you clarify and reach your goals.

If you are a military veteran, learn more about Veterans Education Benefits.

Interested in a health career?

Special admissions procedures are required for health-related programs. Go to the Nursing and Health Careers Admissions Procedures section on this page.

Transfer to HFC from another college or university

HFC accepts transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities. Courses listed on your official college transcripts in which you earned a C (2.0) or higher will be reviewed for equivalent or possible elective credit.

Transfer to HFC

If you are a military veteran, learn more about Veterans Education Benefits.

Transfer Course Equivalencies
(This list shows approximately which courses will transfer to HFC, and what the equivalent HFC courses are. The list is not comprehensive, but courses on this list have been pre-approved to transfer in to HFC.)

High School and College Together

High School students can take courses at HFC through our dual enrollment, advancement plus, Collegiate Academy and Early College programs.

HFC welcomes more than 2,000 students in these programs each semester. These students enjoy the same access to services and resources as all other HFC college students. This includes free tutoring, counseling, library privileges, and much more.

Learn more about Dual Enrollment, Advancement, Collegiate Academy and Early/Middle College programs.

Checklist for high school students seeking to dual enroll at Henry Ford College

International Students

Henry Ford College welcomes students from all over the world. Please visit our International Students website, or select an international status below.

Canadian Citizens
International Students seeking an F-1 Visa
F-1 Transfer Students
Students with other Visa Types

Employer-Sponsored (Trade and Apprentice)

Employer-sponsored students meet the following criteria:

  1. You are seeking a Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Applied Science degree
  2. You have been referred to HFC by, and receive educational funding from, a specific corporation, business, nonprofit organization, union, or government agency.

As an employer-sponsored students, you have a Joint Apprentice Committee (JAC) representative who can help you register for classes.

Checklist for employer-sponsored trade and apprentice students

  • Apply to HFC
  • Complete online orientation
  • Complete the math placement assessment

    Trade and apprentice students starting math TAMA 110 do not need to take the Accuplacer math placement test. If you get a "course objectives have not been started" error when registering for classes, please contact Kenneth Nichols at kenichols@hfcc.edu or call (313)-317-6888.

  • Advising by JAC rep at your employer's site

    • Meet with your JAC rep at your employer's site to discuss the Related Trade Instruction (RTI) plan.
    • Make sure you are approved to take courses and are on the sponsorship list that is sent to HFC.
  • Registration
  • Payment

    • Apprentices who are sponsored should verify with their JAC representative that they are on the sponsorship list that is sent to HFC each semester.

If your employer-sponsored program is not part of the HFC Trade and Apprentice program with a Joint Apprentice Committee representative, you should apply as a regular student (see instructions for first-time student or transfer student)

We welcome our guests.

If you are enrolled at any accredited college or university, you can take classes at HFC as a Guest Student and then transfer those HFC credits back to your regular college or university.

You can take classes at HFC any time of the year. This is a great way to earn college credits during the summer or accelerate your graduation plans. Be our guest!

Guest Student Application Process

Non-Degree Students

If you want to take classes for personal or professional enrichment, and do not wish to earn a degree or certificate, register as a non-degree student.

NOTE: If you are enrolled at another university or college and want to take classes as a guest at HFC and transfer those credits to your regular college, apply as a Guest Student instead.

Checklist for students who want to take non-degree classes

Nursing and Health Careers

Students seeking to study nursing or other health careers programs at Henry Ford College have specific admissions requirements. Please refer to the program you want from the list below for directions to apply.

Before you apply to the HFC nursing program or other health careers programs, please follow the checklist below to become an HFC student.

Checklist - before you apply to Nursing/Health Careers programs

  1. Apply to HFC Have you previously applied to HFC or attended classes at HFC? You do not need to re-apply.
  2. Submit Official Transcripts
  3. Review Scholarships and Financial Aid
  4. Course Placement
  5. Orientation
  6. Meet with a Health Careers Academic Advisor. To make an appointment, contact Academic Advising
  7. Registration
  8. Payment

Have you completed the steps above? Then you may proceed to the steps below.


Nursing at HFC

The nursing program accepts applications twice a year with the following deadlines:

  • May 31 for Fall admission and
  • September 30 for Winter admission

If the above dates fall on a holiday or weekend, the application deadline will extend to the next business day.

Checklist for students applying to the HFC Nursing program

  1. Apply

    Select "Pre-Nursing" as your program. You must be admitted to the Nursing program before you can declare "Nursing AAS" as your program of study.

  2. Attend an online Nursing Program Information Session

    Complete this session before you start your classes and meet with a Nursing Advisor. You will receive a Hawkmail email confirmation of your session date for your Nursing application.

  3. Complete prerequisite requirements
  4. Apply to the Nursing program by the application deadlines

If you have already created an account, login to your account. Refer to our password reset page if you do not remember your password.

Need more help? Watch our tutorial videos:

How to Fill Out Nursing Application
Submitting supplemental items

Tips for success in Nursing admission

Students are admitted to the HFC nursing program based on an application score, which includes multiple factors:

  • GPA of your pre-requisite courses (2.7 is the minimum requirement; higher grades are recommended)
  • You can check your GPA using our calculator
  • Your NAT score (80% is the minimum requirement)
  • Your NAT score at the application deadline date cannot be more than 1 year old. You will be allowed 2 attempts in a 12-month period. If you do not pass after the 2nd attempt, you must wait 1 year before you may attempt the test again.

You may also earn additional application points by including documentation of the following:

  • ACT or SAT scores.
  • A previously earned degree
  • Health-related certification or licensure by exam
  • Military service: active duty or honorable discharge.


Health Careers admissions (programs other than nursing)

The Ophthalmic Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiographer, Respiratory Therapist and Surgical Technologist programs are limited enrollment programs with specific admission requirements. In order to get on any qualified list you must complete all of the program specific admission requirements.

Checklist: Apply to Health Careers programs

  • Complete the Health Careers Program Application for any program to which you want to be admitted.
    • You may apply to more than one program.
  • Meet with the Health Careers Academic Advisor. To make an appointment, contact Academic Advising.
  • Submit your program application as soon as you know you are interested in one or more health careers programs. You do not need to wait until the program admissions requirements are met.

NOTE: You are "qualified" to be admitted when all of the program admission requirements for your intended program have been completed. Applicants are admitted on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. The programs begin each Fall term. Application date may be used to determine placement on the qualified waitlist if necessary.

Ophthalmic Technician admission

Admission requirements

Each of the following requirements must be completed to be considered qualified and placed on the Ophthalmic Technician qualified list.

  • Maintain GPA (2.60 or higher)
  • Accuplacer Next Gen (255+) Reading Score
  • Eligible for placement into ENG 131
  • Eligible for placement into MATH 080 OR completion of MATH 100, 101, 110 with a C grade or better
  • BIO 134 with a C grade or better OR BIO 233 and BIO 234 with a C grade or better

To be qualified, you must complete all admission requirements and contact the Health Careers Academic Advisor. Qualified students are formally admitted to the program once per year, in the fall semester, on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Ophthalmic Technician Program Director.

Contact

Kathy Campbell DHA, COT
Program Director
Ophthalmic Technician
(313) 317-1720
Kacampbell4@hfcc.edu

Physical Therapist Assistant admission

Admission requirements

Each of the following requirements MUST be completed to be considered qualified and placed on the Physical Therapist Assistant qualified list.

  • Maintain GPA (2.80 or higher)
  • Accuplacer Next Gen (255+) Reading Score
  • Eligible for placement into ENG 131
  • Eligible for placement into MATH 110
  • BIO 233 or equivalent with a B- grade or better (within 5 years of program admission)
  • AH 100 or equivalent with a B- grade or better
  • 20 hours or more observation in a physical therapy setting observing a PTA at work with letter of confirmation from the supervisory PT or PTA.

To be qualified, you must complete all admission requirements and contact the Health Careers Academic Advisor. Qualified students are formally admitted to the program once per year, in the fall semester, on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director.

Contact

Stephen Pedley, PT, MPT
sepedley@hfcc.edu
313-317-6576

Radiographer admission

Admission requirements

Each of the following requirements MUST be completed to be considered qualified and placed on the Radiographer qualified list.

  • Maintain GPA (2.50 or higher)
  • Accuplacer Next Gen (255+) Reading Score
  • Eligible for placement into ENG 131
  • MATH 100 or higher with a C grade or higher
  • BIO 233 with a C grade or higher
  • AH 100 with a C grade or higher

To be qualified, you must complete all admission requirements and contact the Health Careers Academic Advisor. Qualified students are formally admitted to the program once per year, in the fall semester, on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Radiographer Program Director.

Contact

School of Health and Human Services
hhsinfo@hfcc.edu
313-845-9877

Respiratory Therapist admission

Admission requirements

Each of the following requirements MUST be completed to be considered qualified and placed on the Respiratory Therapist qualified list.

  • Maintain GPA (2.70 or higher)
  • Accuplacer Next Gen (255+) Reading Score
  • Eligible for placement into ENG 131
  • Eligible for placement into MATH 110
  • BIO 233 with a C grade or better
  • AH 100 with a C grade or better
  • CHEM 131 with a C grade or better

To be qualified, you must complete all admission requirements and contact the Health Careers Academic Advisor. Qualified students are formally admitted to the program once per year, in the fall semester, on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Respiratory Therapist Program Director.

Contact

Program Director, Kim Najarian, MSA, RRT
313-317-6812
knajarian@hfcc.edu

Surgical Technologist admission

Admission requirements

Each of the following requirements MUST be completed to be considered qualified and placed on the Surgical Technologist qualified list.

  • Maintain GPA (2.50 or higher)
  • Accuplacer Next Gen (255+) Reading Score
  • Eligible for placement into ENG 131
  • Eligible for placement into MATH 080
  • BIO 233 with a C grade or better
  • BIO 135 or BIO 251 with a C or better

To be qualified, you must complete all admission requirements and contact the Health Careers Academic Advisor. Qualified students are formally admitted to the program once per year, in the fall semester, on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Final approval to enroll in the program comes from the Surgical Technologist Program Director.

Contact

Program Director, Julie Jackson, CST, RN, BHSA
jjackson131@hfcc.edu
(313) 845-9733

Tips for success in Health Careers programs admission

  1. Get qualified to be admitted. You are "qualified" to be admitted when all of the program admission requirements for your intended program have been completed. Applicants are admitted on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. The programs begin each Fall term. Application date may be used to determine placement on the qualified waitlist if necessary.

  2. Help us communicate with you. We will only contact you through official communication channels, which include your phone number, your address, and your HawkMail (HFC email). It is very important that this contact information remains current and accurate. Please review the records maintenance instructions to update your contact information. If we are unable to contact you, we will not be able to admit you to an HFC program. Reach out to your advisor if you are experiencing delays or if you have questions along the way.

  3. Look for admission permission from your director. Final admission decisions, including permission to begin your program and enroll in your program courses, comes from each program director in the Spring semester prior to the start of Fall classes.

  4. After completion of any course admission requirements, take your support classes / general education classes next. In most programs, due to the intensity and number of credit hours required for health careers program completion, we encourage students to complete as many of the required support courses/general education courses as possible prior to entering your specific health career program. Please talk to your advisor to make sure you are on track.


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