Registered Nursing (RN)

The Registered Nursing Program provides educational opportunities to qualified students utilizing a curriculum that is designed to prepare graduates who are competent to function as entry-level registered nurses. Professional nursing is a dynamic and interactive process that views the client, family, and community holistically. The curriculum includes a balance of general education, current nursing theory, and clinical and laboratory experience. HCC offers two program options that allow students to choose between a three-year program or a more intensive, two-year program. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

About the Three-Year RN Program

HCC’s three-year nursing pathway allows students to earn the associate of science degree in nursing in three calendar years. These students finish the majority of general education requirements before enrolling in two years of nursing courses.  Students on this pathway apply for entry into the nursing program after completing a minimum of 12 credits of coursework toward the degree and meeting other admission standards.  Students in the traditional pathway may choose to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing within five years.

About the Two-Year RN Program

HCC’s two-year nursing program allows qualified students to earn an associate of science degree in nursing in two years instead of the traditional three years. Upon completion of the program, students can choose to begin work or spend two years at a four-year institution to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing. This program is a good fit for students who are able to take up to 16 credits a semester and who are academically prepared for a more rigorous course load.

About the LPN to RN Transition Program

This program is for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who wish to complete a registered nursing program with an associate of science degree. The nursing program is a Maryland State Board of Nursing approved program and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skill, and understanding necessary to function effectively in all areas of professional nursing. Graduates of the nursing program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

About the Paramedic to RN Transition Program

This program is for paramedics who wish to complete a registered nursing program with an associate of science degree. The nursing program is approved by the Maryland State Board of Nursing and is pending accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The nursing program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skill, and understanding necessary to function effectively in all areas of professional nursing. Graduates of the nursing program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

What’s the difference between an RN and an LPN?

Registered nurses (RNs) typically work in hospitals, as well as a variety of clinical and social service fields. Unlike licensed practical nurses (LPNs), RNs require two years of clinical coursework to prepare them to deal with any acute care situation that may arise. LPNs typically work in facilities that require long-term care such as nursing care facilities, medical offices, and home health care environments. Some LPNs also work in specialty facilities, such as psychiatric or rehabilitative institutions. The clinical coursework to become an LPN takes 10 months. After an LPN has worked full-time for at least six months, he or she has the option of pursuing an RN degree.

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