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).
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)
- You 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 3/23/16). "Current" point system in effect only through Sept 2016.
- Link to Spring 2017 RN Clinical Application (on Survey Monkey) - open August 1 through September 30.
- Download Nursing Verification of High School Graduation Requirement (pdf, 10/3/11)
- HACC-approved credential evaluation service (pdf)
Is the program accredited?
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
What is the Student Achievement Outcome Data?
NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015: 85.88%
Class of December 2015
Program Completion: 72.43%
NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate: 91.38%
Job Placement: 98%
Class of May 2016: 137 graduates
Program Completion: 77.3%
NCLEX-RN: in progress
Job Placement: TBD
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 2016-2017 (pdf). (includes dosage calculations requirements)
- 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?
Nursing Program Office —Gettysburg Campus
731 Old Harrisburg Road, Room 300
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
Leader Building, Room 136
2010 Pennsylvania Avenue
York, PA 17404
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