Henry Ford College


Points of Pride

The HFC Nursing Program has a rich history and a number of meaningful accomplishments and endeavors that make the College proud. Established in 1953, HFC's Nursing Program was the first Associate Degree Nursing program in Michigan.

In 1983, HFC was selected as one of five colleges in the Midwest whose Nursing Program participated in a 3-year program called “Associate Degree Nursing – Facilitating Competency Development.” The project, sponsored by the Midwest Alliance in Nursing, involved two HFC nursing instructors and two Harper-Grace nursing service administrators as part of team that defined the competencies of nursing graduates with an Associate Degree.

In 1984, HFC's Nursing Program entered into a special agreement with Hutzel Hospital to assist its Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to complete the HFC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program. These classes were taught on the hospital campus.

In addition to the campus Advanced Placement Program for LPNs, an on-site program at Henry Ford Hospital was also established in 1988.

In 1991 and again in 1994, HFC's Nursing Program was awarded grants from the Helen Fuld Institute. The grants enable the Nursing Program to continue its multimedia efforts by implementing interactive video into the curriculum.

On March 26, 1992, at the 40th Anniversary of Associates Degree Nursing Education Banquet held in Lansing, Michigan, HFC received the Pioneers of Yesterday Award for 40 years of excellence in nursing education. HFC's Nursing Program was again cited for being a pioneer in ADN education at the 1999 National League for Nursing convention, where a video depicted the history of such programs.

In October 2000, HFC's Nursing Program was awarded accreditation with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), INC (now known as Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing). In April 2017, it was granted continuing accreditation with conditions. The Nursing Program is proud to have maintained this accreditation for nursing education.

On April 16, 2005, the 50th Graduation Class Anniversary was celebrated with a reception in the Health Careers Building Atrium. Eight members of the first graduating class of 21 members attended.

In the Fall of 2005, a partnership between HFC's Nursing Program and the Henry Ford Hospital System (HFHS) was established to create a mechanism that would address the nursing shortage at this large hospital complex through the sharing of assets. Current hospital personnel applied and were admitted to the Nursing Program, taking their nursing courses at the main hospital facility, working for the system that supported their completion.

In 2008, The HFHS/HFC Accelerated Nursing Program was selected by the League of Community Colleges as the winner of the “Innovation of the Year Award.” The program demonstrated its sustainability by beginning a third cohort over spring/summer of that year.

In August 2010, HFC's nursing program moved from HFC's main campus in Dearborn to the HFC School of Nursing, located on the HFC East Campus. Dedicated on November 17, 2010, the new School of Nursing provides a modern and spacious learning environment dedicated to the education of future nursing professionals and includes three simulation suites, expanded computer and practice skills labs, and plenty of “soft space” necessary for student collaboration and study.

March 18, 2010, The Katie Viger Law was signed into effect by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Katie Viger was a May 2009 HFC Nursing graduate who received her honorary nursing license on February 12, 2010 -- the first of its kind. Katie died five days later, but her legacy lives on forever and this law has since allowed 2 others to receive their honorary Michigan nursing license. The inception of the bill to create the Katie Viger Law and the efforts to achieve its subsequent passage were spearheaded by Catherine Gangarossa, a member of the HFC nursing faculty.