Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Prepares individuals to work as entry-level registered nurses. HFC is the first associate’s degree nursing program in Michigan and one of the first seven such programs in the nation. The program has received many awards and grants for curricula design, innovative teaching strategies, creative curriculum scheduling and collaborative partnerships.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Use evidence based practices in the delivery of nursing care.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, families, communities and the health care team using a variety of methods, including informatics.
  • Utilize the nursing process and standards of care in promotion of health and wellness and in the prevention and management of
    illness for individuals across the life span.
  • Respect the client's cultural diversity by incorporating professional nursing values of legal, ethical, and caring behaviors through lifelong learning.
  • Collaborate as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team to provide quality care and integrate safety that reduces harm to clients.
  • Integrate critical thinking and clinical decision making to make sound clinical judgments.
  • Advocate on behalf of the client, the family and the community, who are a source of control and full partners when producing compassionate care.
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Admission is competitive. The program has a limited enrollment and admits students in the fall and winter semesters. To be considered, applicants must:

  1. GPA: Have a GPA of 2.7 or better.
  2. Application: Submit a nursing program application with all required documentation. The application deadline is January 30th for the fall semester and June 30th for the winter semester.
  3. High School: Have a High school cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better, or
    • Minimum G.E.D. test score of 550 or higher, or
    • Completion of 12 credit hours at HFC at 2.7 or higher, or
    • Transfer credit of 2.7 or higher or an additional 12 credit hours at HFC to establish required GPA.
  4. Grades: Complete all prerequisite, non-nursing, and nursing courses with a "C" grade or better. No pre-requisite, non-nursing support or nursing course can be repeated more than one time to receive a “C” grade or better grade. High school grades are only valid within 10 years of college admission date.
  5. Courses Required for Program Admission: Complete the following, with a "C" grade or better, to be considered for program admissions:
  6. Nursing Admission Test (NAT): Successfully complete the NAT.
    • The required Nurse Admission Test (NAT) is offered by the College and must be taken at HFC.
    • Only two attempts are allowed.
    • The NAT exam must be passed within three years prior to application date for entry into the Nursing Program.
    • The Learning Lab offers free assistance to prepare for this exam.
    • The NAT requirements are:
      • Math proficiency at 80%.
      • Reading composite proficiency at 80%.
      • Grammar proficiency at 80%.
      • Vocabulary proficiency at 80%.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete with a "C" or better:

  2. Communication: Complete with a "C" or better (required for admissions):

  3. Computer Technology: Complete with a "C" or better (required for admissions):

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete with a "C" or better:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one with a "C" or better (required for admissions):

General Education minimum credits: 16 (10 of which are required prior to admissions to the program)

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the General Education, Required Core and Required Support Courses for this program.

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Required Courses for Admissions

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
71.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Applicants must attend informational and orientation meetings scheduled by the Associate Dean of Health Sciences.

Final acceptance is contingent upon fulfilling and maintaining minimum program requirements and proof of the following by specified deadline dates:

  • Health Insurance
  • Physical examination
  • TB testing/screening
  • Immunizations as required
  • Titers to assure immunity for specific conditions
  • BLS for Healthcare Professionals certification
  • Must pass drug screening on first test
  • Criminal background check

Clinical Placements: Placements of students in clinical agencies is increasingly difficult to secure. Clinical placements occur in many different agencies and may be during the day, afternoon, evening or weekend. Students who are unwilling or unable to make arrangements and adjustments in their personal schedules to accommodate meeting clinical requirements at their assigned rotation will need to withdraw from the nursing program.

All educational experiences are under the direction and guidance of the nursing faculty. Student progress is evaluated in the clinical setting, classroom and nursing laboratories. Progression in nursing courses follows the policy written in the Nursing Student Handbook (NSH) and is based on the student's:

  1. Adherence to program requirements and policies outlined in the NSH
  2. Achievement of the minimum grade of "C" for all non-nursing and required support courses.
  3. Achievement of the minimum grade of "C" for all nursing courses.
  4. Satisfactory clinical performance. Unsatisfactory clinical or lab performance in a course with a clinical component is considered a failure in the course.

Withdrawal and Readmission: Students who do not complete course objectives for personal or medical reasons, receive less than a "C" grade in theory, or who receive a clinical/lab unsatisfactory evaluation for any nursing course are withdrawn from the Nursing Program and do not progress to the next level of course work. Refer to the Withdrawal and Readmission Policy in the NSH.

Program Duration Limits: All courses for the nursing program must be complete within a total of three consecutive calendar years. BIO-233 and BIO-234, or transfer course equivalents, must be successfully completed in no more than two attempts and must not be older than five years old from the date that the student will enter the program. Anatomy and Physiology of less than eight semester credits or taken more than five years from when the student would enter the program, must be repeated. All co-requisites must be successfully completed as dictated by the nursing curricular master plan's course sequencing. See the NSH or the Admission Specialist for nursing in the Welcome Center's Advising area for master plan course sequencing information.

Program Duration Limits / Updates / Changes: 

The College and the Nursing Faculty reserve the right to make policy and program changes at any time to comply with requirements of accrediting agencies, clinical facilities, or the college, and to meet the changing health care needs of society. Requirement changes, updates, and all information regarding the nursing program can be obtained through the Nursing Office or from the Admissions Specialist for Nursing (located in the Welcome Center Advising area on main campus).

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

Students in the nursing program must understand that they will be involved in the direct care of clients. Because nurses are required to lift, move and transfer patients, stand for long periods of time, possess certain fine motor skills and sufficient visual acuity to care for patients, additional physical capabilities are required for entrance into the program. In order to be considered for admission to or retention in the Nursing Program, students must possess:

  • Sufficient visual acuity necessary for accurate assessment and safe nursing care to clients, such as, physical assessment, preparation and administration of all medications and direct observation of clients.
  • Sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from clients and members of the health team and to assess client health status while using equipment and interpreting other noise stimuli (cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, intravenous infusion pumps, dopplers, fire alarms, call lights and cries for help).
  • Sufficient gross/fine motor coordination to respond promptly and implement skills required in meeting health care needs of clients, including manipulation of equipment and supplies.
  • Sufficient physical abilities to move around client’s rooms, work in treatment areas and administer cardiopulmonary procedures.
  • Sufficient strength to perform physical activities frequently requiring the ability to lift, push, pull objects more than fifty pounds and transfer objects and persons of more than one hundred pounds.
  • Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with clients and communicate their health status and needs promptly and effectively.
  • Sufficient intellectual and emotional capability to plan and implement care for clients.
  • Sufficient psychological stability essential to perform at the required levels in the clinical portions of the nursing program.
  • Ability to sustain long periods of concentration to make decisions regarding correct techniques, use of equipment, and proper care of clients.
  • Sufficient physical stamina to remain standing for long periods of time.

Applicants considering a career in nursing may also be exposed to infectious diseases during their course of study and in subsequent employment in the field and are likely to work in situations where exposure to infectious disease is possible. This is an occupational health risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines can reduce this risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an important part of the nursing program of study.

Registry / Certification / Licensure Exam Information: 

The nursing program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the nursing profession.

Successful completion of the program of study qualifies graduates to receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree and apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) leading to state license as a registered nurse.

Applicants should be aware that the Michigan Board of Nursing (BON) may deny a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a criminal offense or is addicted to drugs or alcoholic beverages. Students who question their eligibility for licensure are advised to seek clarification directly from the Michigan BON prior to applying to the Nursing Program.


The program is approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 Phone: 404.975.5000 and Fax: 404.975.5020

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Health Sciences Division: 313-845-9877, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-132
Julie Fountain: 313-317-6867,, Welcome Center, Room: W122I

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Madonna University
Career Opportunities: 

Graduates can seek full-time employment upon passing the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Opportunities for employment in nursing exist in hospitals, clinics, home care, factories, military services, schools, public health, and education settings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment in nursing will grow 19% between the years of 2012 and 2022. Many more opportunities in nursing are available with advanced education and experience.