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.

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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.

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).

*Beginning Fall 2016, 66 credits are required to complete the Nursing Program.

Program Outcomes (May 2017 graduates)
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.

Program Outcomes (starting Fall 2016)
Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program will:

  1. Evaluate nursing care provided to patients, families, and groups across the lifespan from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings to ensure that it is compassionate, age and culturally appropriate, and based on a patient’s values and needs.
  2. Collaborate as a member of the inter-professional health care team to manage and coordinate the provision of safe, quality care for patients, families, and groups.
  3. Demonstrate use of best current evidence and clinical expertise when making clinical decisions in the provision of patient-centered care.
  4. Participate in the use of evidence-based quality improvement processes in the delivery of patient-centered care.
  5. Demonstrate effective use of strategies to mitigate errors and reduce the risk of harm to patients, self, and others in a variety of settings.
  6. Critique information and patient care technology to communicate relevant patient information, manage care, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  7. Integrate integrity and accountability into practices that uphold established regulatory, legal, and ethical principles while providing patient-centered standard-based nursing care.
  8. Appraise leadership, management, and priority setting skills in the provision and management of safe, quality, patient-centered care.
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Application Requirements:

  • Harcum College Application
  • 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 Professional letterhead
  • 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.

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, and Hepatitis B
  • Provide proof of current certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers with AED (American Heart Association)
  • Provide 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

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 nursing program:

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 completed within 3 years, or they expire and cannot be used to fulfill the prerequisite courses.
  • 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" 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 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)
  • Satisfy the 71 credits* required for completion of the Nursing Program

*Beginning Fall 2016, 66 credits are required to complete 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.

All degree requirements of the Nursing Program must be completed within four years after beginning the first Nursing course.

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.

Provisional Approval status was reaffirmed in May 2016, based on the program's April 2016 site visit and the Annual Report submitted to the State Board of Nursing.

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:

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 2015, the program was granted “Continuing Accreditation with Warning for Good Cause” by the ACEN Board of Commissioners. The next site visit is scheduled for Spring 2017.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326; phone: (404) 975-5000;
Fax: (404) 975-5020; website:; or email:

Application Deadlines:
Please be advised that the last day to submit application materials for the Fall 2016 Nursing Program is March 15, 2016.