The Nursing program
is designed to provide the basic education for a registered nurse within
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
- Be proactive to developments and
changes which effect healthcare needs of individuals, groups and
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
curriculum provides experiences in meeting human needs holistically across the
clinical learning experiences are integrated within the clinical nursing
Graduates complete 71 credits
in the Nursing Program and are awarded an Associate of Science
in Nursing and are then eligible to take the National
Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program will:
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- Integrate the nursing process in the delivery of holistic nursing care for diverse clients throughout the life span in a variety of settings.
- Demonstrate professional behavior based on legal, ethical, and regulatory standards of nursing practice.
- Communicate and collaborate effectively with diverse clients, families and members of the interdisciplinary team.
- Demonstrate leadership qualities in a progressive manner.
- Provide evidence-based care encompassing the principles of quality and safety.
- Utilize critical thinking and evaluation processes in the delivery of Nursing Care.
- Official College Transcript(s) (must
be received in a sealed envelope)
- High School Transcript or GED transcript.
- 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
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for all students for whom English is a second language.
Acceptance into the Nursing
Program is competitive. Completion of requirements does not guarantee
admittance into the Nursing Program.
- 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).
evidence of an optimal level of individual health to complete Core Performance
all health and immunization requirements of the Nursing Program, including
titers for Rubeola, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella Zoster, and Hepatitis B
proof of current certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
with AED (American Heart Association)
evidence of a negative 10-panel urine drug screening test
- Proof of yearly flu vaccination
- Proof of current health insurance coverage
- Provide original copies of Child Abuse History Clearance and Federal Certified Criminal Background Check
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.
information, contact the State Board of Nursing phone: 717-783-7142
List of Prerequisite Courses that are
needed for nursing program:
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
English Composition I
English Composition II
Introduction to Sociology
Humanities Elective (art, music, history)
- All science and math courses must be taken within 10 years, or they expire and cannot be used to fulfill the prerequisite courses.
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. NOTE: Students who have repeated a science course one or more times in order to obtain a passing or higher grade will not be accepted.
- Interview may be required.
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
- Meet Core Performance (Health)
- 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:
- The didactic (classroom) component –
the student’s knowledge of nursing content
- The clinical practicum – the student’s
demonstration of nursing theory in practice through the attainment of
specific, clinical, practicum learning objectives.
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.
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.
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.
Accreditation and State Board of Nursing Status
Please be advised that, due to a decline in the National Licensure Examination pass rates of first-time examinees for examination year October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, the State Board of Nursing placed Harcum College’s Nursing program on “Provisional Approval” status. That status was extended on December 3, 2015 when the State Board of Nursing approved the comprehensive evaluation of all program components, and the detailed performance improvement plan to correct all identified areas, that was presented by the Nursing program of Harcum College.
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.
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: www.dos.state.pa.us/nurse
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be advised that the last day to submit application materials for the Fall 2016 Nursing Program is March 15, 2016.