The Nursing program is designed to provide the basic education for a registered nurse within contemporary society.

The Nursing curriculum prepares registered nurses who will be able to:

  • Provide safe, effective nursing care to people of diverse cultures across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  • Be proactive to developments and changes which effect healthcare needs of individuals, groups and communities.
Nurses are unique healthcare providers who define and evaluate their autonomous role and its impact on both the client and the healthcare system. Advocacy for the development and delivery of healthcare services of the highest quality requires that nurses collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to enhance the well-being of evolving local and world cultures.

The Nursing program promotes excellence in nursing education through general education studies, nursing studies and supervised clinical experiences in varied healthcare settings.

The nursing curriculum provides experiences in meeting human needs holistically across the health-illness continuum.

Theoretical and clinical learning experiences are integrated within the clinical nursing courses.

Harcum College offers two (2) Nursing tracks: DAY Nursing and EVENING Nursing. The Nursing portion of the program may be completed in a two-year DAY Nursing track, or a primarily part-time eighteen month EVENING Nursing track. Graduates complete 71 credits in the Nursing Program and are awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing and are then eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Program Outcomes 

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program will:
  1. Integrate the nursing process in the delivery of holistic nursing care for diverse clients throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
  2. Demonstrate professional behavior based on legal, ethical, and regulatory standards of nursing practice.
  3. Communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse clients, families and members of the interdisciplinary team.
  4. Demonstrate leadership qualities in a progressive manner.
  5. Provide evidence-based care encompassing the principles of quality and safety.
  6. Utilize critical thinking and evaluation processes in the delivery of Nursing Care.
View the Core Performance Standards for Nursing>>

Application Requirements:

  • Harcum College Application
  • Official College Transcript(s)  (must be received in a sealed envelope)
  • Official High School Transcript or GED transcript. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree, unless specifically requested.
  • Professional Resume
  • Essay - Why I Chose Nursing as My Career (typed; 1.5 inch spacing; no longer than 2 pages)
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation on Professional letterhead
  • Letter stating when you will have all 10 prerequisite courses completed
  • SAT or ACT scores, if taken (critical reading and math scores only).
  • Documentation of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of formal application to the program. A "C" or better in each course with a "B" average in all science courses is required.
  • Interview may be required.
  • TOEFL Scores - all applicants, regardless of citizenship, who have not attended school in the United States at the secondary level for at least three years, fulltime, or do not have a degree from an accredited United States college or university must present paper-based TOEFL or internet TOEFL scores

Acceptance into the Nursing Program is competitive. Completion of requirements does not guarantee admittance into the Nursing Program.

Acceptance Requirements:

  • All accepted students must provide proof of specific medical and legal clearances outlined below (or of application in progress). Process for submission of these documents will be mailed to students with their admissions packet. All forms are managed electronically via Certified Background (see tuition page for additional fees).
  • Provide evidence of an optimal level of individual health to complete Core Performance Standards
  • Meet all health and immunization requirements of the Nursing Program, including titers for Rubeola, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella Zoster, Hepatitis B, and Poliovirus
  • Provide proof of current certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers with AED (American Heart Association) or Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross)
  • Provide evidence of a negative 10-panel urine drug screening test
  • Completed prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.8; a grade of C or better in each course; a grade of B required for all science courses

Note: The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing requires Harcum College to inform applicants that they may be denied a licensure or the privilege of taking the licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) if they have been convicted or have pleaded guilty by a judge of a misdemeanor, felonious act, or illegal act associated with alcohol or an illegal act associated with substance abuse(s) in the course of this Commonwealth or any other state, territory, country.

For more information, contact the State Board of Nursing phone: 717-783-7142

List of Prerequisite Courses that are needed for both nursing tracks:

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4 credits

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4 credits


4 credits

English Composition I

3 credits

English Composition II

3 credits

College Mathematics

3 credits

Introductory Psychology

3 credits

Human Development

3 credits

Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

Humanities Elective (art, music, history)

3 credits


33 credits

All science and math courses must be taken within 10 years, or they expire and cannot be used to fulfill the prerequisite courses.

Progression Criteria/Degree Requirements:

Progression in the Nursing Program leading to an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing requires the student to:

  • Achieve a minimum grade of C in each Nursing course
  • Meet Core Performance (Health) Standards
  • Maintain required immunizations
  • Hold current certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers with AED  (American Heart Association) or Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross)
  • Satisfy the 71 credits required for completion of the Nursing Program

The application of theory in practice is integral to learning in the clinical setting. Therefore, course grades are based upon the assessment of two components:


  1. The didactic (classroom) component – the student’s knowledge of nursing content
  2. The clinical practicum – the student’s demonstration of nursing theory in practice through the attainment of specific, clinical, practicum learning objectives.


Students must successfully pass both theory and clinical practicum to progress to the next Nursing course.  Failure in either the didactic or clinical component results in a course failure. 

An “unsatisfactory” rating in any clinical practicum results in a failing grade for clinical, and thus a failure for the Nursing course. 

Students who are unsuccessful in a Nursing course must follow the procedures outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook. A second time that a student achieves below the grade level necessary for progression in the Nursing Program will result in suspension from the Nursing Program.

All degree requirements of the Nursing Program must be completed within four years after beginning the first Nursing course, Introduction to Nursing Practice (NUR 101).

In all cases, the Nursing faculty reserves the right to take action when a student is not performing at the expected level of achievement and/or is deemed unsafe in the clinical setting. Specific policies and requirements related to the Nursing Program are contained in the Nursing Student Handbook.


Please be advised that the State Board of Nursing placed Harcum College Nursing program on “Provisional Approval” status on November 25, 2014 due to a decline in the National Licensure Examination pass rates of first-time examinees for examination year October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014. A comprehensive evaluation of all program components and a detailed performance improvement plan to correct all identified areas has been submitted to the State Board of Nursing..
Please be advised that the Harcum College Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Based on the program’s on-site accreditation review in the Fall of 2014 cycle, the program was granted “Continuing Accreditation with Warning for Good Cause” by the ACEN Board of Commissioners. A site visit is scheduled for Fall 2015.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing can be contacted at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, State Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 2646, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649; phone: 717-783-7142; or fax: 717-783-0822; Website: or email:

Application Deadlines:
EVENING Nursing: December 1

DAY Nursing: March 15

Please contact the Admission's Office with all enrollment and program related questions.