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Nursing Requirements and Time Commitment

Traditional Program Option
Time commitments for Nursing students will vary according to the campus and the semester. Students should, however, plan on having 2 to 2 1/2 hours of theory twice a week and 6 hours of clinical experiences 2 days each week. In some cases the clinical experiences will be scheduled during the day, as early as 6:30 am, or during the evening as late as 10:00 pm. Nursing Simulation Lab practice is in addition to these experiences and will consume many additional hours each week. The first 3 weeks of Nursing 103, you will spend your clinical time in the Nursing Simulation Lab practicing and demonstrating proficiency in selected nursing skills. Hours may vary, but plan on 40 hours per week for the first three weeks for lab practice and theory combined.

Full-Time Day Program 
Part-Time Evening Program Option (Harrisburg/Lancaster/York)

Other Expectations In Clinical Nursing

Nursing Simulation Laboratory Requirements
During the program year all students will have to arrange times for laboratory practice of nursing skills and return demonstrations. Also, during these times, students will need to arrange times to view videos in the library and complete computer modules in the computer lab.

Additional Requirements
Class assignments include extensive reading assignments for every hour of class. Plan to read and prepare for each class. Clinical assignments include several hours of prep time before each clinical day and follow-up assignments to be completed after each clinical experience

Sick days must be made up. Missing more than one clinical day may result in failure of the course.

All make-up will take place after final exams. Attendance at all classes and clinical experiences is vital to your success. Practice good health habits.

Plan to spend approximately $1500 on books, which are used the entire program year.

A Nursing Packet, which includes the syllabus and related handouts, must be purchased prior to the beginning of each semester in the College Bookstore.

All Nursing students are required to purchase the designated school uniform. Students are expected to comply with the Dress Code and Uniform Requirements while in the clinical laboratory setting. Expect to spend approximately $250.00 to $350.00 on uniforms and accessories.

All nursing students must be certified in Adult/Child/Infant CPR Health Care Providers for the entire length of the program. Please tell your instructor you need proof of class attendance and completion of course by deadline.

Health Form
All nursing students must have a completed health form on file by the required deadline. All nursing students must sign a Legal/Physical/Emotional Requirements (in Admission Criteria document). (pdf)

Background Checks
All nursing students must have a current (through the end of the program), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check and a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance. Students with criminal records are required to disclose this information to the nursing program director prior to submitting an application. Students should be aware that a criminal history may disqualify them from admission into any HACC clinical nursing program.

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