The Nursing program
is designed to provide the basic education for a registered nurse within
curriculum prepares registered nurses who will be able to:
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.
- 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
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
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).
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)
- 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
- Letter stating when you will have all 10 prerequisite
- 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.
- 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, Hepatitis B, and
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)
evidence of a negative 10-panel urine drug screening test
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
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 both nursing tracks:
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.
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. 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.
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.
In March 2007 the Nursing Program at Harcum College received initial accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), now the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Based on the program’s onsite accreditation review in the Spring 2012 Cycle, the program was placed on warning status by the ACEN Board of Commissioners with a site visit scheduled for Fall 2014. A systematic plan of action has been implemented to ensure that all required criterion for accreditation is being addressed. ACEN can be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, P. 404-975-5000, F. 404-975-5020 or www.acenursing.org
Full approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing was received in October, 2005 and January, 2013. The nursing program was placed on provisional approval status on November 19, 2013 due to a decline in pass rates for first-time examinees to pass the National Licensure Examination. A comprehensive evaluation of all program components and a detailed performance improvement plan to correct all identified areas will be submitted to the State Board for review.
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
EVENING Nursing: December 1
DAY Nursing: March 15