Nov 26, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, A.S.

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Health Science Division, 413.552.2030


Nursing is the art and science of caring. Nursing is an interpersonal process based on values, beliefs, and standards of the profession. Nursing is a profession which utilizes nursing knowledge and principles from the humanities and the biological, behavioral, and social sciences to assist individuals, groups, and communities in promoting, maintaining, and restoring health.

The HCC Nursing Program is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education Nursing.

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CORI and SORI are state statutes that regulate licensure as a registered nurse. Prior to official enrollment and at the beginning of each semester in Nursing Programs, all accepted applicants and students must give permission for a CORI and SORI check. Some clinical agencies prohibit clinical participation if there is a finding when the CORI check is complete. Participation in planned clinical experiences throughout the curriculum is required; however, acceptance into the program does not guarantee placement in a clinical agency. All applicants and nursing students will be subject to the Criminal Record Information Act (CORI check), the Sex Offender Registry Information Act (SORI), Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 18a, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statutes. Court record/past conviction may present a barrier to eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) or as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Applicants with a court record/past conviction are advised to consult an attorney to determine eligibility to meet legal qualifications for nurse licensure in Massachusetts.

All applicants for licensure as RN or LPN must be of “good moral character” as required by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing statutes and regulations. The licensure applicant must have had no criminal convictions for a minimum of five (5) years before the date of submission of the license application and must have successfully completed all court ordered stipulations a minimum of one (1) year before the applicant will be considered for licensure by the Board (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112, ss.74, 74A, and 76). Refer to http:// for further information.

Students accepted to an educational program that prepares for licensure as a registered nurse should be aware that a court record may present a barrier to her/his ability to obtain licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other jurisdictions in the United States.

The application for the Nursing Program can be found either by contacting the Admissions office, 413.552.2321 or by going to the HCC website:

Drug Screening Policy

Mandatory drug screening is required for all students entering the Nursing Program. In addition, random drug screening may be required if indicated. If a student fails a drug screening, retesting occurs within 24 hours of notification of results. Failure to pass a drug screen or refusal to submit to screening will make the student ineligible to remain in the nursing program. Failure and/or refusal of drug screenings are grounds for immediate removal from the nursing program. All screening will be at the student’s own expense. The Work Connection at Holyoke Medical Center has been selected as the Health Science Division’s exclusive laboratory for student drug screening.

All applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of their application:

College Placement Testing (CPT) must be completed within two years of the application deadline and demonstrate the following:

  • Math Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 82 in Algebra, completion of MTH 095  or MTH 099  at HCC, or completion of a comparable course with a C- or better from another accredited college or university.
  • English Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 70 in Reading and ≥ 80 in the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT or ability to enter college level coursework in English. English competency may also be demonstrated through college coursework (i.e completion of ENG 101  or equivalent course).
  • Science Proficiency: the HCC Biology Department requires the successful completion (C or better) of BIO 101 , BIO 102 , or BIO 107  prior to taking Anatomy and Physiology. This pre-requisite may be waived by passing the Biology Challenge Exam. Testing may be scheduled by calling the Assessment Center.

Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 217 ) and Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 218 ) prior to the application deadline is strongly encouraged. Nursing students must achieve a C+ or better in all nursing and laboratory sciences courses (BIO 217 -BIO 218 , BIO 229 ) to remain in and graduate from the program. Applicants currently working in the health care field can petition to lengthen the time that their laboratory science coursework is transferable into the Nursing Program by completing the Laboratory Science Petition Form in the Nursing Information Packet.

Please see the Nursing Information Packet for other important information concerning required documentation and requirements for admission. Applicants for the Nursing Program are reminded that transportation is the responsibility of the student, including to various clinical sites.



All candidates must achieve a C+ or better in all NUR and laboratory science courses (BIO 217 , BIO 218 , and BIO 229 ) to remain in the program.

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