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nursing department at HCC

The profession of a lifetime.

HCC's nursing education program, one of the largest in Maryland, is renowned for providing students with innovative, top-quality, and affordable learning opportunities to enter and succeed in the nursing field, including:

  • The option of a 14-month Accelerated Nursing associate degree or the traditional two-year Nursing associate degree.
  • Eligibility for associate degree graduates to sit for the RN national licensure examination.
  • Direct transfer opportunities for RN degree graduates into select baccalaureate nursing degrees (BSN) in Maryland.
  • An 11-month Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certificate program, with overlapping RN degree clinical coursework to facilitate educational and career mobility.
  • Career bridge opportunities for qualified professionals meeting specified criteria to earn advanced standing in HCC’s associate degree nursing program with the Pathway Sequence programs: LPN to RN, Paramedic to RN, and Military to RN.
  • A track record of consistently high first-time pass rates for RN and LPN students on their national licensure exams.
  • Cutting-edge learning tools and facilities, including simulation labs with computerized mannequins for hands-on practice of vital nursing skills.
  • A variety of sites and locations for completing clinical assignments.

HCC’s Continuing Education Division also offers nursing education, without academic credit, including Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training, and nursing professional development courses.

  • Accreditation

    HCC’S associate degree nursing and practical nurse certificate programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Upon approval of the Maryland Board of Nursing, associate degree graduates may take the national licensure examination for registered nurse and those completing the practical nurse certificate may apply to take the licensed practical nurse examination. Graduate licensure exam pass rates, program completion and satisfaction rates, and employment status are shared on the Program Outcomes Report page. 

    This area of study is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215, 410-764-5124 and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.

    From October 15–17, 2019, Howard Community College will host a site visit by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Follow the link to learn more.

  • Admissions
    Students interested in this or any other HCC allied health or nursing program should first contact the Office of Admissions and Advising for any requirements and procedures supplemental to HCC's general application and enrollment process. Further information is available from the Nursing and Allied Health Admissions web page, or contacting the Allied Health team at 443-518-4230,, or RCF-242.
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