Nurse - RN
Learn about our Nursing Associate in Arts Degree (ADN) (RN) program (368P)
What does a nurse (Registered Nurse, RN) do?
- Promotes health, prevents disease and helps patients cope with illness
- Advocates and educates patients, families and communities
- Provides and coordinates patient care
- Observes, assesses and records symptoms, reactions and progress
- Has a good knowledge of human biological sciences, math and problem solving
- Works well with others as part of a team
Learn more about a career in nursing (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook).
Where do nurses (RNs) work?
Nurses work in many varied settings, including:
- Hospitals, rehab centers and long-term care centers
- Outpatient clinics and surgical centers
- Home health, schools and industry
How much does the program cost?
Download Estimated expenses (pdf, rev 2/2014).
What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials?
Upon successful completion, you will:
- earn a Nursing Associate in Arts Degree (ADN)
- be eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam (NCLEX-RN®) administered by the PA State Board of Nursing
What are the required courses and what is the suggested schedule? How long does the program take to complete? Where are the clinical classes held?
- Download a list of Course requirements/suggested schedule (pdf, rev 3/2014).
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.
- Download part-time evening program requirements and schedule (pdf)
can take general education (prerequisite) courses at other campuses and sites.
What are the program clinical admission criteria and how do I apply for clinicals?
- Admission to HACC does not guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. You begin as a pre-nursing student and work closely with your advisor to prepare to apply to the clinical/core component.
- You are required to meet with a Health Careers advisor and complete general education courses before applying for the clinical portion.
- 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)
Is the program accredited?
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 to completion of a BSN within 12-18 months after graduation.
- Classes are held at Millersville University, Eastern Mennonite University and HACC's York and Harrisburg campuses.
- University representatives are available on HACC campuses monthly to discuss the programs
- For specific questions or information contact a nursing advisor.
How can I get more information?
- Download the Nursing Student Handbook 2014-2015 (pdf).
- Download Dosage Calculation Requirements 2014-2015 (pdf)
- Visit Career Infonet. You will find salary and job outlook statistics. View career videos and licensing requirements.
- Visit allnurses.com.
- Visit the Accreditation Commission for
Education in Nursing (ACEN).
- Visit the PA State Board of Nursing.
Who can I contact for more information?
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
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