Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
Nursing - (313) 845-6305 -

HFCC is Michigan’s first associate’s degree nursing program and one of the first seven such programs in the nation. The program received many awards and grants for curricula design, innovative teaching strategies, creative curriculum scheduling and collaborative partnerships, which lead to such things as defining competencies of associate degree’s nursing and increasing nursing graduates.

The program of study combines 65 credits of General Education and nursing courses, using classrooms, laboratories and clinical placements to provide learning in structured health care settings. With credit for courses taken in their prior education, Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) may apply for admission to the Advancement of LPNs to RNs program. Interested parties should refer to that program for information.

General Education courses must be taken before or concurrently with nursing courses, as stipulated in the curriculum. Nursing courses must be taken in consecutive semesters. All students wishing to pursue nursing must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (no minus) in every required pre-requisite, general education and nursing course. Courses may be repeated only once in order to obtain a grade of “C” or better. Nursing program progression and withdrawal policies apply when a student is unsuccessful in a nursing course.

Applicants to the nursing program must understand that they will be involved in the direct care of clients and must not judge nor expect to choose which clients they will serve. Refusal to serve assigned patients will be grounds for dismissal. In order to be considered for admission to or retention in the program, applicants must possess:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Sufficient physical abilities to move around client’s rooms, work in treatment areas and administer cardiopulmonary procedures.
  5. 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.
  6. Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact with clients and communicate their health status and needs promptly and effectively.
  7. Sufficient intellectual and emotional capability to plan and implement care for clients.
  8. Sufficient psychological stability essential to perform at the required levels in the clinical portions of the nursing program.
  9. Ability to sustain long periods of concentration to make decisions regarding correct techniques, use of equipment, and proper care of clients. A person under the influence of alcohol or consciousness-altering drugs could not meet the above criterion.
  10. Sufficient physical stamina to remain standing for long periods of time.
Career Opportunities: 

Graduates can acquire full-time employment upon passing the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. Opportunities for employment in nursing exist in hospital, clinic and home care environments. Nurses also work in factories, military services, schools, public health, teaching and many other areas, as education and experience increase.

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

Applicants who consider a career in nursing may be exposed to infectious diseases during their nursing program or future employment in health care facilities. Persons should not become health care workers without realizing and accepting this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection-control guidelines, however, 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

Gloves, tubing, and other products used in client care are frequently made of latex. Contact urticaria, angioedema, allergic rhinitis, asthma or anaphylaxis can result through exposure and immediate hypersensitive responses to natural rubber latex (NRL). Early recognition of sensitization to NRL is crucial to prevent the occurrence of life-threatening reactions in sensitized healthcare workers. The Nursing Division strongly advises 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 the Nursing program must notify the Nursing Division upon admission so alternative non-latex educational supplies can be provided for educational learning experiences.

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 might 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

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 HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC 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
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Phoenix
  • Wayne State University

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Certain procedures must be followed and academic requirements fulfilled prior to admission to the nursing program. Applicants must first be admitted to the college and designate nursing as their program of study. Applicants must have a high school GPA of 2.7 or better. A college GPA of 2.7 or higher must be established if the candidate has been out of high school over ten years. The program has a limited enrollment and admits students in the fall and winter semesters. Admission is competitive.

For admission to the nursing program for generic students, applicants must complete and submit a nursing program application.

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.

• GPA of 2.7 or better maintained • 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 HFCC at 2.7 or higher, or • Transfer credit of 2.7 or higher or an additional 12 credit hours at HFCC to establish required GPA.

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. Students are to do remediation work before a second attempt to pass the exam. Only two attempts are allowed. The Learning Lab offers free assistance for this exam. All NAT exams must be taken at HFCC. 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 required developmental course work, and all admission requirements must be completed before students are considered for admission to the program

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

Program Duration Limits / Updates / Changes: 

The nursing program is designed to keep pace with the times. It is subject to change without notice to comply with requirements of accrediting agencies, clinical facilities, or the college, to meet the changing health care needs of society and to prepare students for nursing now and in the future. 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. They may be on one, long day or two short days. They may be scheduled in the day, afternoon and/or evenings. They may also occur on 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 performance in a course with a clinical component is considered a failure in the course.
  5. Competency in math dosage calculation.

Withdrawal and Readmission: Students who do not complete course objectives for personal reasons, receive less than a “C” grade in theory, are unable to pass math competency exams, or who receive a clinical unsatisfactory evaluation for any nursing course are withdrawn from the Nursing Program. This student does not progress to the next level of courses. 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.

Nursing Program Changes: The College and the Nursing faculty reserve the right to change policies in effect at the time of catalog publication. 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).

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
65 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Core Courses

Each NSG course may be repeated only once. If any nursing course is failed after two attempts, the student will no longer qualify for the Nursing program. If a student fails both NSG 120 and NSG 126, they may restart the program one time. Other than that, students who fail any two nursing courses in the first year are ineligible to return to the program for a period of 5 years.

A minimum grade of C is required in ALL coursework.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

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.