Henry Ford College

Renowned Nursing Program

A Rich History of Quality Nursing Education

Established 1953, HFCC’s Nursing Program was the first in Michigan to offer an associate’s degree in Nursing.

In 1983, HFCC was selected as one of five colleges in the Midwest whose nursing program participated in a 3-year program titled “Associate Degree Nursing – Facilitating Competency Development.” The project, sponsored by the Midwest Alliance in Nursing, involved two HFCC nursing instructors and two Harper-Grace nursing service administrators as part of team that defined the competencies of nursing graduates with an associate’s degree.

In 1984, HFCC’s Nursing Program entered into a special agreement with Hutzel Hospital to assist its Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to complete the HFCC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program. These classes were taught on the hospital campus. In addition to the campus Advanced Placement Program (APP) for LPNs, an on-site program at Henry Ford Hospital was also established in 1988.

In 1991 and 1994, HFCC’s Nursing Program was awarded grants from the Helen Fuld Institute. The grants enable the Nursing Program to continue its multimedia efforts by implementing interactive video into the curriculum.

In 2000, HFCC’s Nursing Program was awarded accreditation with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), Inc. In 2008, it was awarded re-certification. The Nursing Program is proud to have maintained this accreditation in nursing education.

In 2005, a partnership between HFCC’s Nursing Program and the Henry Ford Hospital System (HFHS) was established to create a mechanism that would address the nursing shortage at this large hospital complex through the sharing of assets. Current hospital personnel applied and were admitted to the Nursing Program, taking their coursework at the main hospital facility, working for the system that supported their completion.

In 2008, The HFHS/HFCC Accelerated Nursing Program was selected by the League of Community Colleges as the winner of the “Innovation of the Year Award.” The program demonstrated its sustainability by beginning a third cohort over spring/summer of that year.

In 2010, HFCC’s nursing program moved from HFCC’s main campus in Dearborn to the HFCC School of Nursing, located on the HFCC East Campus. Dedicated on Nov. 17, 2010, the new School of Nursing provides a modern and spacious learning environment dedicated to the education of future nursing professionals and includes three simulation suites, expanded computer and practice skills labs, and plenty of “soft space” necessary for student collaboration and study.

On March 18, 2010, The Katie Viger Law was signed into effect by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Katie Viger was a May 2009 HFCC Nursing graduate who received her honorary nursing license on Feb. 12, 2010 – the first of its kind. Katie died five days later, but her legacy lives on forever and this law has since allowed two others to receive their honorary Michigan nursing license. The inception of the bill to create the Katie Viger Law and the efforts to achieve its subsequent passage were spearheaded by Catherine Gangarossa, a member of the HFCC nursing faculty.

Student Nursing Association Wins 3 Awards at MNSC Convention

At the Michigan Nursing Students Association (MNSA) Convention, HFCC’s Student Nurse Association (SNA) won the Fundraising Award and earned recognition for outstanding fundraising activities. The second award was the Community Health Scholarship. SNA received $100 for its efforts in increasing public awareness about mental health. The third award was the Chapter of the Year Scholarship, for which SNA received $300.

1st RN Graduates from Henry Ford Early College at 19

Sarah Kazbour is the first registered nurse (RN) to graduate from Henry Ford Early College – a partnership between HFCC, HFHS, and the Dearborn Public Schools – at the age of 19, no less. This 5-year program is for high school students interested in health careers. Currently, she is an RN at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and is working on her undergraduate degree in nursing via an online program at Ohio University.