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. Interested parties should refer to that program for information.

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: 

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 deadline 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.

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%
  • Reading composite proficiency at 80%
  • Grammar proficiency at 80%
  • Vocabulary proficiency at 80%
  • Successful completion of the NAT objectives is required to be eligible for admission to the nursing program
  • The NAT exam must be passed within two years prior to admission dated 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.

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 the following:

  2. Communication: The following is required for admissions, complete with a "C" or better:

  3. Computer Technology: The following is required for admissions, complete with a "C" or better:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: The following is required for admissions, complete with a "C" or better:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 16

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

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

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Courses Required for Admissions

BIO-233: Anatomy and Physiology I With a minimum grade of "C" (no C minus)
PSY-131: Introductory Psychology With a minimum grade of "C" (no C minus)
Other courses required for admissions are listed in the General Education Block.
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 from previous immunizations
  • BLS for Healthcare Professionals certification
  • Must pass drug screening
  • Criminal background check
  • ACE Clinical Passport Requirements Uniform/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.

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, possess certain fine motor skills and sufficient visual acuity to care for patients, additional physical capabilities 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) leading to 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 the National League for Nursing accrediting Commission). Their address is 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
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 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 acquire 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 opportunities in nursing are available with advanced education and experience.