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Nursing Kudos

DATE: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

HCC's ASN program ranked best in WMass

HCC nursing student takes part in a simulation exercise at the Center for Health Education

Nursing Process, a national online guide to healthcare education, ranked the registered nursing program at Holyoke Community College as the best of its kind in western Massachusetts.

In its nursing school rankings for 2020, Nursing Process lists HCC's program 5th overall out of the 60 accedited associate degree nursing programs in Massachusetts that it considered for review, according to the independent organization's website.

At number five, HCC's associate of science in nursing program was the highest ranked community college nursing program in the four counties of western Massachusetts. Graduates of the ASN program qualify to take the NCLEX-RN test to become licensed as registered nurses. 

"We're grateful for the recognition," said Clare Lamontagne, HCC dean of Health Sciences. "We take great pride in our nursing program at HCC and work very hard to make sure we offer our students an unparalleled educational experience." 

According to its website, Nursing Process considers factors such as graduation rate, student-to- faculty ratio, affordability, reputation, and NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate in its ranking methodology.   

HCC's nursing programs – ASN and practical nursing – are based in the Center for Health Education & Simulation, a state-of-the-art education and training facility the college opened in 2015. 

For anyone interested in nursing or one of HCC's other health science programs – Foundations of Health, Radiologic Technology or Veterinary Technician – the college will be holding health career information sessions over Zoom on Thurs., Nov. 5, and Thurs., Dec. 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

For more information, or to sign up for an info session, please visit or send an email to

Registration begins Monday, Nov. 2, for HCC's two-week January Wintersession and the spring 2020 semester.

PHOTO: An HCC nursing instructor and student take part in a simulation exercise at the Center for Health Education & Simulation.