In accordance with federal regulations, Hagerstown Community College provides prospective and current students as well as the general public with a variety of academic, institutional, and financial assistance information. Contact information for college offices designated to assist individuals in obtaining the institutional or financial information required to be disclosed is available on the right. Paper copies will be provided upon request to the appropriate college office listed for each area.
General Institutional Information
HCC is a state- and county-supported comprehensive community college. Its central purpose is to offer a diverse array of courses and programs designed to address the curricular functions of university transfer, career entry or advancement, adult basic skills enhancement, general and continuing education, as well as student and community service. It is part of the College’s mission to promote and deliver educational excellence within a learning community environment and to foster regional economic and cultural development through community service and collaboration. The College is charged to provide high quality education at a reasonable cost to meet the post-secondary educational needs of the citizens of Washington County and the surrounding region. Additional information about HCC is available on the "About HCC" page.
The following information is required to be published on the College website. These links provide access to information and services that are deemed essential to current and prospective students.
Academic and Program Information
- Programs of Study
- College Faculty
- College catalogs, class schedules, and course guides
- Program brochures
Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Programs
Hagerstown Community College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The Continuing Education and Business Services Division is certified by Learning Resources Network (LERN).
The Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs are approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
The Nursing Program is approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and The Maryland Board of Nursing.
The Emergency Medical Services (Paramedic) Program is certified by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
The Radiography Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
- The Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing.
Articulation is the process of communication between HCC and other educational institutions like universities, colleges and high schools. HCC develops articulation agreements to ensure that students can receive credit for their work and transition more easily between institutions.
Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions
Credit is granted for course work completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities and that apply to the student’s program at HCC. The credit for prior learning specialist is the appropriate staff member to evaluate courses taken more than 10 years ago. Credit for courses accepted from other institutions satisfies HCC’s graduation requirements. The course grades, however, are not calculated in the grade point average at HCC.
For students transferring from any University of Maryland system institution, all applicable general education coursework with a grade of “D” or above will be accepted in transfer. For program requirements, grades of “D” will be accepted only if the grade point average for the block of courses is 2.0 or higher. HCC will convert courses taken at institutions that operate on the quarter system to semester hours. Quarter hours are multiplied by 2/3 to equal semester hours.
Students may transfer up to 75 percent of their degree or certificate requirements. All transfer students working for a degree or certificate must take at least 25 percent of their credits at HCC.
Additional transfer information is available on the transfer page.
Tuition & Fees
Student Financial Aid Office
HCC’s Student Financial Aid Office provides resources to students seeking financial assistance. Aid is available through grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment at the College. Students must apply for financial aid each year. The following links provide access to the information and services provided by this department.
- Assistance Available from Federal, State, Local, and Institutional Programs
- Federal and State Drug Policy
- Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
- Student Loan Information
Student Affairs Office
- College Policies
- Student Activities
- Student Guidebook
Student Support Services
- Academic Advising
- Disability Support Services
- Internship and Job Services
Health and Safety
HCC has its own Police Department, certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. The officers have full police authority on campus and at off campus locations under the control of HCC. The mission of the HCC Police is to serve and protect the college community and enforce all laws and college policies.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
HCC provides literature and educational programs related to health and safety, including information on drug and alcohol use, abuse, and prevention.
- Student Health Requirements including Vaccination Policy
- Emergency Management and Response Plan
- Campus Police Annual Security Report
- Emergency Alert Sign-Up
HCC students are 39% male, 61% female
22.5% of HCC students are self-identified members of a major racial or ethnic group. (12% Black, Non-Hispanic; 5% Hispanic; 2% Asian/Pacific Islander; 0.5% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 3% are Multi-Race)
- Of the 445 first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students enrolled in fall 2012, 44% received Pell grants during their first academic year (FY13)
As a Title IV institution receiving federal financial aid, HCC is required to submit data to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) regarding graduation, completion, and transfer-out rates for students. The following information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The rate reflects the graduation, completion, and transfer-out status of students who enrolled during the fall 2010 semester and for whom 150 percent of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.
During the fall 2010 semester, 514 first-time, full-time, certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students entered Hagerstown Community College (HCC). By the end of the spring 2013 semester, 112 students had earned a certificate and/or associate degree; 118 transferred out without obtaining a certificate or degree; and 75 were still enrolled at HCC.
By the end of the spring 2013 semester, the graduation/transfer rate for the fall 2010 cohort of first-time, full-time, certificate or degree-seeking students was 45 percent. This figure does not include the 75 students who were still enrolled as of the spring 2013 semester.
Additional retention and student outcomes data for HCC is available online through the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics.
Licensure/Certification Examination Pass Rates
NCLEX for Registered Nurses
- FY 2009: 94%
- FY 2010: 78%
- FY 2011: 98%
- FY 2012: 93%
Cert. Exam American Registry of Radiologic Technicians
- FY 2009: 97%
- FY 2010: 96%
- FY 2011: 96%
- FY 2012: 96%
NCLEX for Licensed Practical Nurses
- FY 2009: 100%
- FY 2010: 96%
- FY 2011: 100%
- FY 2012: 100%
Gainful Employment Program Disclosures
Gainful employment data is posted for all active applicable HCC programs, as they appear in the 2011 catalog, and the list excludes programs that have been discontinued since the publication of the 2010 catalog.
Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data
The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act provides information to students and the public regarding data for HCC's intercollegiate athletic programs. A paper copy of the following report will be supplied upon request.