Nursing is the art and science of caring. Nursing is an interpersonal process based on values, beliefs and standards of the profession. Nursing is a profession which utilizes nursing knowledge and principles from the humanities and the biological, behavioral and social sciences to assist individuals, groups and communities in promoting, maintaining and restoring health.
The HCC A.S. Nursing Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: (404) 975-5000
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*** CRIMINAL OFFENSE RECORD INFORMATION ACT (CORI) AND SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY INFORMATION (SORI) STATE STATUTES THAT REGULATE LICENSURE AS A REGISTERED NURSE. ***
CORI and SORI are state statutes that regulate licensure as a registered nurse. Prior to official enrollment and at the beginning of each semester in Nursing Programs, all accepted applicants and students must give permission for CORI and a SORI check. Some clinical agencies prohibit clinical participation if there is a finding when the CORI check is complete. Participation in planned clinical experiences throughout the curriculum is required; however, acceptance into the program does not guarantee placement in a clinical agency. All applicants and nursing students will be subject to the Criminal Record Information Act (CORI check), the Sex Offender Registry Information Act (SORI), Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 18a, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statutes. Court record/past conviction may present a barrier to eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) or as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Applicants with a court record/past conviction are advised to consult an attorney to determine eligibility to meet legal qualifications for nurse licensure in Massachusetts.
All applicants for licensure as RN or LPN must be of "good moral character" as required by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing statutes and regulations. The licensure applicant must have had no criminal convictions for a minimum of five (5) years before the date of submission of the license application and must have successfully completed all court ordered stipulations a minimum of one (1) year before the applicant will be considered for licensure by the Board (Massachusetts GeneralLaws, Chapter 112, ss.74, 74A, and 76). Refer to http:// www.state.ma.us/boards/rn/ for further information.
Students accepted to an educational program that prepares for licensure as a registered nurse should be aware that a court record may present a barrier to her/his ability to obtain licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other jurisdictions in the United States.
The A.S. Nursing Program Application for the Nursing Program can be found either by contacting the Admissions office, (413) 552-2321 or by going to the HCC website: http://www.hcc.edu. New students in the nursing major begin the first nursing course in September of each year. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C+ in all nursing and laboratory science courses (A&P I, II, and microbiology) to remain in and graduate from this program.
All applicants must complete the NLN - PAX nursing entrance exam prior to submitting the nursing program application. See nursing application for details.
Drug Screening Policy
Several Health Care Facilities affiliated with the College's Health Division are now requiring that students have a negative drugscreen prior to beginning clinical experiences in their facility. In addition, a clinical facility may require the student to submitand pass random drug screening analysis in order to remain at that facility. Therefore, passing a drug screen will now be considered an essential function for all students participating in the Health Division Programs. If a student fails drug screening, retesting occurs within 24 hours of notification of results. Failure to pass a drug screen or refusal to submit to screening will make the student ineligible for clinical placement. Failure and/or refusal for drug screening are grounds for immediate removal from the Health Division Program. Students will be provided with the drug screen procedure during the orientation process to each course. All screening will be at the student's own expense. The Work Connection at Holyoke Medical Center has been selected as the Division of Health's exclusive laboratory for student drug testing. Appointments will be scheduled by the nursing department.
All applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of their application:
The College Placement Testing (CPT) must be completed within two years of application deadline demonstrating the following placement:
Math Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 82 in Algebra or completion of MTH 095 (Intermediate Algebra) or comparable with a C- or better from an accredited college or university.
English Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 70 in Reading and ≥ 80 in the Sentence portion of the CPT or ability to enter college level coursework in English. English competency may also be demonstrated through college coursework (completion of English Composition I). Please see the information packet for further details if English is not your first language or if you did not attend K through 12 in the U.S.
Science Proficiency: the HCC Biology Department requires the successful completion (C or better) of BIO 100, or 103 prior to taking Anatomy and Physiology. This pre-requisite may be waived by passing the Biology challenge exam.
Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II prior to the application deadline is strongly encouraged. Applicants currently working in a healthcare field can petition to lengthen the time that their laboratory science coursework is transferable from 7 to 14 years by completing the Laboratory Science Petition Form in the A.S. Nursing Program Application. This application can be found either on-line at the HCC website under "Admissions".
Please see the A.S. Nursing Program Application for other important information concerning required documentation andrequirements for admission. Applicants in the Nursing Program are reminded that transportation is the responsibility of thestudent. Since clinical experiences are scheduled at various times, students must plan for and meet the irregular time requirementsthat result and plan for their own transportation.
Please visit our Division page for Admission and program information.