Programs And Courses


Nurse - RN

Learn about our Nurse - Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) (RN) program (368P) —Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster and York Campuses.


What is an RN?

A registered nurse (RN) has various duties. You must:

  • Provide and coordinate patient care. 
  • Inform patients about various health conditions. You may also educate the public. 
  • Provide emotional support to patients and family members. You may also provide advice. 
  • Have good observation and problem-solving skills.
  • Work well with others.

Learn more about a career in nursing (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook).


How do I enroll in the program?

This is a selective program. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You will begin as a pre-nursing student.

You will need to work with a pre-nursing advisor to apply to clinicals. 


The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits the program.

Download Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf, rev 8/15/2014). 

Download RN Admission Criteria and Process Changes Effective December 1, 2014 (pdf)

Download Nursing Online Clinical Application Instructions (pdf) 9/12/14

Download Nursing Verification of High School Graduation Requirement (pdf, 10/3/11)


Where and when does HACC hold classes?

HACC offers full-time day and part-time programs:

  • The full-time day program is at Gettysburg, Harrisburg and Lancaster campuses.
  • The part-time program is at Harrisburg, Lancaster and York campuses.

You can take general education (prerequisite) courses at any campus. 

Download part-time evening program requirements and schedule (pdf)


What are the required courses?

Download a list of Course requirements/suggested schedule (pdf, rev 3/2014).


How much does the program cost?

Download Estimated expenses (pdf, rev 5/2014).


What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials? 

You will earn an associate of arts degree in nursing (ADN) after successful completion.

You will be eligible to:

  • Sit for the NCLEX®exam.
  • Get your RN nursing license.

The PA State Board of Nursing provides licensing.


Where can I work?

As an RN, you can work in many settings. These include:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Long-term care centers
  • Clinics
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Home health
  • Occupational settings
  • Schools

Employers typically require Child Abuse History Clearance and/or State Police Criminal Record Check.


How can I advance my education in this field?

You can pursue a Bachelor's degree with a major in nursing (BSN). You can also pursue a masters or doctorate degree.

You can earn your BSN from:

  • Alvernia College
  • Drexel University and Online
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Eastern University —St. David's
  • Immaculata University —Accelerated and Online
  • Indiana University of PA
  • Millersville University
  • Penn State University —Harrisburg, Mont Alto and York
  • York College

HACC has dual-admission agreements with Millersville University and Eastern Mennonite University. These agreements ensure seamless transmission. You will be able to complete the BSN within 12-18 months after graduation.

Millersville University, Eastern Mennonite University and HACC's York and Harrisburg campuses offer classes.

University representatives are available on HACC campuses to discuss the program. They are available every month.


Where can I get more information?


Who can I contact for more information?

Health Careers


717-780-1988 or 800-222-4222, ext. 211988


Nursing Program Office —Gettysburg Campus 

731 Old Harrisburg Road 

Gettysburg, PA 17325 


Nursing Program Office —Harrisburg Campus 

Blocker Hall, Room 201 

One HACC Drive 

Harrisburg, PA 17110 


Nursing Program Office —Lancaster Campus 

Main Building, Room 215 

1641 Old Philadelphia Pike 

Lancaster, PA 17602 


Nursing Program Office —York Campus 

2010 Pennsylvania Avenue 

York, PA 17404