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. With credit for courses taken in their prior education, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) may apply for admission to the Advancement of LPN's to RN program. Interested parties should refer to that program for information.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Use Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Theory, scientific principles and research findings as the foundation for critical thinking and decision making in nursing practice
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, families, communities, and the health care team using a variety of processes and technologies (informatics)
  • Use standards of care in health promotion, disease prevention and illness management for individuals and families throughout life stages
  • Manage health care for clients in varied settings recognizing the impact of societal forces on quality care and the health care delivery system
  • Practice nursing with diverse client populations using an ethical and legal framework
  • Incorporate professional nursing values into role development as a competent Associate Degree nurse
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Applicants must be admitted to the college and designate Associate of Science Degree with a pre-nursing specialization as their program of study. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.7 or better. The program has a limited enrollment and admits students in the fall and winter semesters. Admission is competitive. Applicants must submit a nursing program application with all required documentation. The application deadlline is January 30th for the fall semester and June 30th for the winter semester.

No pre-requisite, non-nursing support or nursing course can be repeated more than one time to receive a “C” (no minus) or better grade. High school grades are only valid within 10 years of college admission date.

• A GPA of 2.7 or better is required for acceptance and must be maintained until the program is begun. See the Nursing Student Handbook for program progression policy.

• High school cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better or GED test score of 550 or higher or • The most recent 12 (twelve) or more college credit are used to determine application eligibility.

Biology: High school GPA of “A” (4.0) or “B” (3.0) throughout a one year laboratory Advance Placement course, or BIO 131 – Introduction to Biology, or its transfer equivalent or better, with a minimum grade of 
“C” (no C minus).

CHEM 131: Principles of Chemistry, or its equivalent or better, with a minimum grade of “C” 
(no C minus): or Chemistry placement test score of 10 or greater.

MATH 080: Beginning Algebra with a minimum grade of “C” (no C minus); or a Compass Algebra score of 46 or higher.

ENG 131 with a minimum grade of “C” (no C minus)

ENG 132 with a minimum grade of “C” (no C minus)

PSY 131 with a minimum grade of “C” (no C minus)

The required Nurse Admission Test (NAT) is offered by the College. Only two attempts are allowed. The Learning Lab offers free assistance to prepare for this exam. All NAT exams must be taken at HFC. The NAT requirements are:

• Math proficiency at 80%
 and • Reading composite proficiency at 80% and • Grammar proficiency at 80%
 and • Vocabulary proficiency at 80%
 Successful completion of the NAT requirments is necessary to be eligible for admission to the nursing program.
 The NAT exam must be passed within the two years prior to admission date into the Nursing Program.

Placement tests and all admission requirements must be completed before students are considered for admission to the program

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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Required Core Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

If a student has two nursing course failures, in either the same or different nursing courses, the student will no longer qualify for the nursing program and may reapply for admission to the program after a period of 5 years.

A minimum grade of C is required in all courses.

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
65.0 (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 from previous immunizations • BLS for Healthcare Professionals certification • Drug screening • Criminal background check • ACE Clinical Passport Requirements • Clinical uniform and program supplies

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. For the most current information, students should contact the nursing office.

Clinical Placements: Placement of students in clinical agencies is increasingly difficult to arrange. Clinical placements occur in many different agencies and may be during the day, afternoon, evening or weekends. Students who are unwilling or unable to make arrangements and adjustments in their personal schedules to accommodate their assigned clinical rotations 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 and is based on the student’s:

  1. Adherence to program requirements and policies outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook.
  2. Achievement of the minimum grade of “C” (no C minus) for all non-nursing and required support courses.
  3. Achievement of the minimum grade of “C” (no C minus) 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.
  5. Competency in math dosage calculation. Failure to successfully pass a nursing course's math dosage competency exam is considered
    a course failure.

Withdrawal and Readmission: Students who do not complete course objectives for personal or medical reasons, receive less than a “C” grade in theory, are unable to pass math competency exams, or who receive a clinical/lab unsatisfactory evaluation for any nursing course are withdrawn from the Nursing Program. This student does not progress to the next level of courses. A cummulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required to re-admit to the Nursing Program. Refer to the Withdrawal and Readmission Policy in the Nursing Student Handbook.

Program Duration Limits: All courses for the nursing program must be completed within a total of three consecutive calendar years. BIO 233/234, 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 students will enter the nursing program. Anatomy and Physiology of less than eight semester credits or taken over five years ago, must be repeated. All co-requisites must successfully completed as dictated by the nursing curricular master plan's course sequence outline.

Nursing Program Changes: The College and the Nursing faculty reserve the right to change policies at any time. The nursing program continuously updates its program of study to meet changing health needs. Requirement changes, updates and all information regarding the nursing program can be obtained through the nursing office (N120) or the Admissions Specialist for nursing (located in advising within the Welcome Center area of the College).

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: 

Because nurses are required to lift, move and transfer patients, stand for long periods of time, possees certain fine motor skills and sufficient visual acuity to care for patients, additional physical capabilites are required for entrance into the program. See Nursing Student Handbook for specific requirements. 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.

Latex Allergies

Early recognition of sensitization to natural rubber latex (NRL) is crucial to prevent the occurrence of life-threatening reactions in sensitized healthcare workers. The Nursing faculty strongly advise that students sensitized or allergic to latex consult a physician for guidance on the merits of continuing in a health care career. NRL sensitized students who choose to continue in their program must notify the program director/coordinator upon admission.

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) which is necessary to obtain state license as a registered nurse.

Applicants should be aware that the Michigan Board of Nursing may deny a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a criminal offense or is addicted to drugs or alcoholic beverages.


The program is approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accreditation Committee (NLNAC). Their address is 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 Phone: 404.975.5000 Fax: 404.975.5020

Program Code: 


Nursing Office • (313) 845-6304 • • School of Nursing • Room: SN-120
Lorraine Paffenroth • (313) 317-6525 • • Welcome Center • Room: WC

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 in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Madonna University
Career Opportunities: 

Graduates may pursue 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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment in nursing will grow 19% between the years of 2012 and 2022. Many more opportunites in nursing are available with advanced education and experience.