Nursing (Associate and Practical)

Nursing student in SIM center

Looking for a career that is exciting and in-demand? Want to be challenged and inspired? HCC's nursing programs prepare professionals to care for people in all aspects of health, throughout the life cycle. Students learn in our new, state-of-the-art Center for Health Education, in multi-media-equipped classrooms and high-fidelity simulation labs. Our faculty members are skilled practitioners, teachers, and mentors who are dedicated to your success. Our community-centered approach combines liberal and technical education within the college and in hands-on practicums at regional health care facilities. 

HCC offers two traditional nursing programs:

Associate of science in Nursing (ASN) program: The two-year Associate of science in Nursing (ASN) program prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse (RN).

Practical Nurse (PN) certificate program: The forty-week Practical Nurse (PN) certificate program prepares students to take the NCLEX-PN exam to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). 

HCC offers two transition programs:

1+1 Program: HCC PN graduates that have graduated in June 2012 or after are eligible to apply to the third semester of the ASN Program. 

LPN2RN Program: LPNs who graduated from HCC's PN program prior to 2012 or who have received their credential from another institution are eligible for placement into the ASN program.

Please note that acceptance to the ASN and PN programs is competitive, and space is limited in both programs. All applicants must attend one of our monthly information sessions. The deadline for application each year is February 1. Ready to get started? Go here to apply.

Click here to access the nursing information packet about the nursing programs at HCC.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Admissions office at 413.552.2321 or We look forward to seeing you at HCC!


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040