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Accelerated RN Program Admissions

A full-time, daytime program that will put you in the workplace faster, the Accelerated RN program offers the opportunity to transfer to Maryland public colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs. The clinical component of this program begins in the summer and lasts 14 months.

Steps to Apply

  1. Sign up to attend one of our information sessions.
  2. If not already a current HCC student, submit an HCC application for admission.
  3. New to College: Take placement tests, if applicable: Students may be exempt from the placement test if they have transcripts showing completion of college-level English and/or math at another academic institution, qualifying High School GPA or SAT/ACT test scores. Please speak to an advisor to review your options.
  4. Take and pass the Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment.
    • Applicants for Rolling Admission must complete this requirement prior to Sep.15.
    • Applicants for Regular Admission must complete this requirement prior to Feb. 1.
  5. Complete the required prerequisite coursework, with appropriate minimum coursework and overall college GPAs, by September 15 (rolling admission) or February 1 (regular admission).
  6. Have Prior Credit: 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 the Official Transcript Evaluation Form and submit to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242).
  7. Complete a supplemental application for admission to the Accelerated RN degree program and submit to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242).Accelerated Nursing AA Degree Supplemental Applications are available from September 15 and December 15 of each school year.
  • Accelerated Nursing AA Degree Supplemental Application will be available for Summer 2023 (9/15/22-12/15/22)

The supplemental application fee is $25. The application cycle for nursing runs between September 15 and December 15 of each school year, with the December date as the final deadline.

Clinical Requirement

  • If admitted, a drug screening and criminal background check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing and 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 are not able to progress in the clinical 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 background, you may wish to discuss this matter with legal counsel.
  • As of 6/17/2021 ALL students who accept a clinical seat will be required to show proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccine prior to beginning their clinical semester.
  • As of Fall 2022, I will be required to show proof of health insurance. Howard Community College does not provide or sponsor health insurance for students. In the event that I sustain an injury while on campus or in clinical, it is my responsibility to utilize my own health insurance plan to cover the cost of treatment and/or follow up care.

Accelerated RN Degree Program Documents

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Additional Information

  • Special Benefits - the Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grant Program provides greater accessibility to specific healthcare education programs at the in-county tuition rates
  • Information for Admitted Students - what you need to know to prepare for your program
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