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.
- 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 is competitive. The program has a limited enrollment and admits students in the fall and winter semesters. To be considered, applicants must:
- Be admitted to the college and designate Associate of Science Degree with a specialization in Pre-Nursing as their program of study.
- Have a GPA of 2.7 or better.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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” (no minus) or better grade. High school grades are only valid within 10 years of college admission date.
- Complete all Required Courses for Admissions with a "C" grade or better (no C minus grades). Required Courses for Admissions:
- Math: Complete one of the following options:
- Other Courses
- Successfully complete the Nursing Admission Test (NAT) objectives.
- 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 two years prior to admission dated 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%.
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.
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:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:
Communication: The following is required for admissions, complete with a "C" or better:
Computer Technology: The following is required for admissions, complete with a "C" or better:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:
Quantitative Literacy: One of the following options are required for admissions, complete one of the following options with a "C" or better (no C minus):
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 16 (10 of which is required prior to admissions to the program)
Fulfill the General Education, Required Core and Required Support Courses for this program.
Required Core Courses
Required Support Courses
Required Courses for Admissions
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
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
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.
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 http://www.acenursing.org
- Eastern Michigan University
- Madonna University
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.