Courses & Programs

Mission & Outcomes

mission asn outcomes pn outcomes essential functions


The Holyoke Community College Nursing Program mission is to serve the Pioneer Valley and beyond by providing comprehensive, high-quality, evidence-based educational opportunities that are responsive to community health needs and meet the intellectual, esthetic, and practical needs of the diverse nursing student body. The college and nursing program offer a wide range of services appropriate to the nursing program to facilitate the student's success.

associate of science in nursing program outcomes

retention rates
2015 2016 2017 3-year average
HCC-ASN program completion within six semesters (150% of the expected timeframe) 85% 80% 93% 86%

student satisfaction 

Student satisfaction with their HCC ASN education (3 out of 5 on likert scale)

2015 2016 2017 3-year average
HCC-ASN satisfaction rate n/a 71% n/a n/a

MA board of nursing nclex-asn first time exam pass rates
2014 2015 2016 2017 3-year average
NCLEX-ASN National Average 81.79% 85% 85% n/a 83.93%
NCLEX-ASN MA Average 81.83% 84% 83% n/a 82.94%
NCLEX-ASN HCC Average 77% 85% 77% n/a 79.66%

graduate rate

Graduate rate of employment as an ASN (excluding those returning to school)

2014 2015 2016 3-year average
HCC-ASN gainfully employed within 6 months 22/22 20/20 16/17 94%

practical nursing program outcomes

retention rates
2014 2015 2016 2-year average
HCC-PN program completion within six semesters (150% of the expected timeframe) N/A 80% 83% 81.5%

student satisfaction 

Student satisfaction with their HCC PN education (3 out of 5 on likert scale)

2014 2015 2016 3-year average
HCC-PN satisfaction rate 100% 100% 100% 100%

MA board of nursing nclex-pn first time exam pass rates
2014 2015 2016 3-year average
NCLEX-PN National Average 82.16% 81.89% 83.7% 82.58%
NCLEX-PN MA Average 88.44% 84.84% 85.62% 86.3%
NCLEX-PN HCC Average 90% 88% 91% 89.6%

graduate rate

Graduate rate of employment as an LPN (excluding those returning to school)

2014 2015 2016 3-year average
HCC-PN gainfully employed within 6 months 90% 90% 91% 90.3%

essential functions

The following essential functional abilities will be necessary to successfully enter and to remain in the nursing programs. In some cases, assessment and developmental courses may help students meet these standards. Any student with a disability must be able to meet the essential eligibility requirements for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse in Massachusetts. These requirements, as specified in Massachusetts General Law Chapter 112, ss. 74 and 74A, include graduation from a Board-approved nursing education program, achievement of a pass grade on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX ®). Following the Affirmative Action Policy as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments and other federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Please refer to HCC's Affirmative Action Policy (page 42 in the Student Handbook). Students with a documented disability who choose to seek accommodations are advised to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services at 413.552.2417.

To ensure patient safety, students must be able to demonstrate throughout the program:

  • Help in positioning patients who may be comatose, paralyzed, or otherwise incapacitated to and from wheelchairs, beds, stretchers, etc. This includes regular lifting, bending, twisting, pulling, and pushing of 40+ pounds.
  • Ability to use hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving, and manipulating materials and things. Frequently reaching above and below shoulder level, while holding objects.
  • Position, place, and move equipment as needed.
  • Respond to and monitor signals, alarms, and call lights.
  • Fine and gross motor ability to sufficiently perform psychomotor skills.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language.
  • Active listening: Giving full attention to what others are saying; taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Oral comprehension: The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech clarity: The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech recognition: The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written expression: The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Communicating with others: Providing information to other healthcare professionals by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Interacting with computers: Using computers and computer systems, including hardware and software.
  • Civility in class/lab/clinical/online/telephone: Polite, respectful, professional behaviors exhibited.
  • Clinical decision making: Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Control precision: Demonstrate muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, performing physical assessment, performing psychomotor skills, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Problem sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person's life or safety and intervene in a crisis situation appropriately.
  • Tactile sensitivity: Determine by touch hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Dependability: Requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling role obligations.
  • Integrity: Requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation: Requires being pleasant with others displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self control: Requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for others: Requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings.
  • Initiative: Requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Stress tolerance: Calmly and effectively participates in constructive dialogue in a variety of high-stress situations.
  • Adaptability/flexibility: Requires the ability to manage unexpected events.

United States Department of Labor in their "Dictionary of Occupational Titles," Central Oregon Community College, Academic and Technical Standards.