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Howard Community College's associate of arts degree in nursing is designed to prepare new graduates to assume careers as registered nurses in a variety of health care settings. The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing. Completion of the program and recommendation by the director of nursing entitles graduates to be considered for admission to the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).  The associate of arts degree in nursing articulates into Maryland public colleges and universities with bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs. This provides an exceptional opportunity for students interested in entering the nursing field as soon as possible who also have the goal of furthering their education and professional advancement.

The clinical component of the Accelerated RN Program begins during the summer and lasts 14 months.  This is a full-time daytime only program that requires a significant time commitment.

Steps to Apply to the Accelerated RN Program:

  • Sign up for an Accelerated RN degree nursing information session
  • Submit an HCC application for admission
  • Take placement tests: All prospective nursing students must take the college's English placement test except those students who have competed a U.S. bachelor's degree at an accredited institution
  • Complete the required coursework with appropriate minimum coursework and overall college GPAs by September 15 (rolling admission) or February 1 (regular admission)
  • Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended and CLEP or AP exam scores(if applicable) by October 15 (rolling admission) or December 15 (regular admission). Complete an official transcript evaluation form and submit to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242)
  • Take and pass the Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment.
    • Applicants for Rolling Admission must complete this requirement prior to September 15.
    • Applicants for Regular Admission must complete this requirement prior to February 1.
  • Complete a supplemental application for admission to the Accelerated RN degree program and submit to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242). The application fee for the program is $25.  The application cycle runs between September 15 and December 15 each school year.  December 15 is the final deadline to apply.

A Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing/allied health clinical course in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting.  Students who do not comply with the drug screening and criminal background check are ineligible for placement in clinical agencies and therefore are not able to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program.  Students with a criminal background may be unable to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program. It is the student’s responsibility to know whether they are eligible for licensure. If a student has a criminal background, it is the students’ responsibility to explore whether the background will prohibit them from being licensed and employed in the health care industry. HCC faculty and staff are NOT able to provide legal advice. If you have any questions about your existing criminal background, you may wish to discuss this with legal counsel.

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