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Nursing and Allied Health Admissions

Admission to the Nursing and Allied Health Programs

  • All students seeking enrollment in nursing and/or other allied health programs must initially follow Howard Community College's general admissions procedures.  Additional admissions requirements and procedures vary by program.  The college reserves the right to revise admissions policies for all of its clinical healthcare programs in accordance with state law and accreditation requirements, and for reasons deemed necessary for student and program success.
  • Admission to the clinical component of allied health programs requires the successful completion of certain prerequisite courses.  Please note that science courses taken at other colleges with online labs may not necessarily transfer to HCC.  Students should check with an allied health advisor before taking a course at another college in pursuit of an HCC allied health program.
  • 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.

Choosing the Right Program

  • Students are encouraged to research their interest in allied health careers through a variety of sources, including web sites such as and HCC's own Career Services Office.  For more information on allied health programs offered by HCC, please follow the links on the left-side navigation bar, or contact us at 443-518-4230 or
  • Articulation agreements between HCC and other colleges may be a factor in admission to specific programs. Students presently planning to change their learning program to nursing and/or other allied health programs must see an academic advisor to complete a change of learning program form.

Student Resources

  • HCC offers a variety of resources to help students understand the college enrollment process, including managing the cost of their education.  Financial assistance includes grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, and payment plans.  Please visit our Pay for College website and Financial Aid Services to learn more.
  • Students who have been admitted to the clinical portion of an allied health program at HCC should click here for more information regarding orientation and clinical requirements.  Students must be physically and academically prepared to participate in clinical assignments which occur at different times in a variety of geographical locations.

Contact us!
Office of Admissions and Advising
Howard Community College — RCF-242
Phone: 443-518-4230
Fax: 443-518-4589

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