Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I GET STARTED IN THE NURSING ADMISSION PROCESS?
All prospective Nursing students must attend a Nursing Information Session with Student Success Navigator, Julie Fountain, within two years of application submission. There is also an online Nursing Information Session available that meets the requirement. Upcoming dates for in-person sessions are posted on the News and Events page of the HFC Nursing website: https://nursing.hfcc.edu/news-and-events Note that on campus information sessions are currently suspended due to the Covid pandemic.
IS THERE A WAITING LIST?
There is no waiting list at HFC. The top students are admitted each fall and each winter semester based on an admission points system.
HOW MANY POINTS DO I NEED TO GET INTO THE NURSING PROGRAM?
The point system is designed to take the top students, regardless of point totals. Total points for acceptance in a given application cycle depends on the quality of the pool of applicants. There is no way to predict the minimum number of points that guarantees admission. The point range will vary in each application pool.
WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF ACCEPTANCE?
A higher number of application points increases your chance of acceptance into the program. There is no way to predict a student's probability of admission. It is dependent upon the pool of qualified applicants for that specific semester. The process is competitive and one in which the numbers or quality of the pool of applicants cannot be predicted.
WHAT CAN I DO TO INCREASE MY CHANCES OF ACCEPTANCE INTO THE NURSING PROGRAM?
To submit an application you must meet all current minimum Nursing Program admission requirements. Lack of any required documentation will result in your application being marked “ineligible.” It is your responsibility to check to make sure that all admission requirements have been met and transferrable credits posted to your record. To increase your chances for acceptance, please contact the Nursing Student Success Navigator for further guidance and review of admission requirements and additional optional point items.
SHOULD I TAKE THE ACT OR SAT EXAM? SHOULD I REPEAT THE ACT OR SAT EXAM TO IMPROVE MY SCORE?
Not everyone has taken the ACT or SAT Exam. If you have never taken either test, you can choose to do so. ACT and SAT preparation guides are available in most bookstores. If you choose to repeat either test to improve your score, the College will take the higher score achieved, so there is no risk in repeating the test. Exam scores must reach the college by the application deadline. A minimum of 18 on the ACT must be achieved to earn points. To obtain official ACT scores, contact www.act.org or your high school. A minimum of 860 must be achieved on the SAT to earn points. To obtain your scores, contact www.collegeboard.org.
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE NURSING ADMISSIONS HESI (NAT 100) TEST?
The Nursing Admissions Test (NAT 100 - also known as the HESI A2 exam) must be passed within three years of date of application. It must be taken at HFC and a score of 80% must be achieved on four subject areas: Math, Reading, Grammar, and Vocabulary to be eligible for program admission. Students unsuccessful on their first test may choose in their second testing attempt to only take those subject areas where a score of 80 was not achieved in their first attempt. After a second unsuccessful attempt, a student must wait two years from their first attempt to test again. It is suggested that students take the NAT exam prior to or early in their pre-requisite course work to assure they meet all requirements to enter the program. Note that NAT 100 exam dates fill up early; please register well in advance of your anticipated application date. If you do not present on the test date, objectives not met (ONM), will be entered for the exam, this will denote one NAT failure. This applies to both first and second attempts of the NAT 100.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ADMISSION IN ADDITION TO THE NURSING INFORMATION SESSION, PREREQUISITE COURSES, AND THE NAT 100 (HESI A2) EXAM?
There are physical, psychological, and sensory requirements that are necessary for patient care at clinical agencies as part of their course work. This includes providing intimate care for patients of the opposite sex. In order to participate in clinical experiences, students must pass a criminal background check, pass a 10-panel drug screen, obtain a physical exam, provide immunization documentation, obtain annual Influenza vaccine, meet minimum age requirements, and obtain AHA Basic Life Support (BLS-C) certification and health insurance coverage, and adhere to strict program and clinical agency dress code(s) discussed at the Nursing Student Handbook orientation.
HOW CAN I PREPARE AND REGISTER FOR THE NURSING ADMISSIONS TEST (NAT 100/HESI A2)?
HESI preparation resources and preparation workshop dates are available on the HFC Nursing website: https://nursing.hfcc.edu/admissions and the HFC Learning Lab website: https://learnlab.hfcc.edu/NAT . You will register for the NAT 100 through the HFC student portal in the same manner that you register for classes.
SHOULD I REPEAT ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY COURSES?
A passing grade of C or better in Anatomy and Physiology I and II are valid if completed within five years of application to the Nursing program. If taken between five and ten years prior to application, you may repeat A & P I and/or II or you may be eligible for Biology 134 – a “refresher” course (only offered in Fall & Winter semesters). If taken more than 10 years prior to application, you must repeat both courses. Before registering, consult with the Nursing Student Success Navigator to select the appropriate course(s).
DOES MY VOLUNTEER OR WORK EXPERIENCE HELP?
No. These do not earn additional points.
HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED EACH YEAR?
Approximately 100 - 110 students are accepted in both the Fall and Winter semesters (200-220 per year). When an accepted student declines the invitation to start the program, he or she must re-apply if they wish to pursue admission in a future semester.
WILL I STILL BE ACCEPTED WITH A "C" IN ANY PROGRAM-REQUIRED COURSE?
You are eligible to apply with a minimum grade of "C" in pre-requisite courses; however, admission GPA requires a minimum of 2.7 on program pre-requisite courses. Requisite courses can be attempted no more than twice to achieve a passing grade. Two failures (C- or below) in a required course taken at HFC or another institution within 5 years prior to application will deem you ineligible to apply to the program. Please consult with an advisor prior to repeating a course at another institution.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE EVERYTHING COMPLETE AND I AM ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
We recommend that you schedule an appointment with the Nursing Student Success Navigator, Julie Fountain, to review application and program requirements well in advance of the application deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete and contains all required documentation and attachments. You may contact Ms. Fountain at email@example.com.
WHEN CAN I APPLY TO THE NURSING PROGRAM?
Once all pre-requisite courses are complete and admission criteria is met, students may complete an application available at https://nursing.hfcc.edu/admissions and submit electronically. Applications must be complete with all required attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications for Fall admission are accepted between April 1 And May 30. Applications for Winter admission are accepted between August 1 and September 30.
DO LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES (LPNs) GET SPECIAL TREATMENT?
LPNs who are interested in the Advancement of LPN to RN program at HFC submit their application at the same time as generic Nursing applicants. The LPN to RN program has additional requirements. In order to seat in the LPN to RN program, the LPN must test out of NSG 117 Medical-Surgical Nursing I to receive Credit for Prior College-Level Learning. A $50 fee will be assessed for CPCLL. Interested LPNs are advised to meet with the Nursing Student Success Navigator.
CAN I EARN POINTS FOR A PREVIOUSLY-EARNED DEGREE OR HEALTH-RELATED CERTIFICATION OR LICENSE?
Yes, students can earn points based for a previously earned Associate, Baccalaureate, or Master’s degree; and for current certification or licensure as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Emergency Medical Technician, Licensed Respiratory Therapist, and Registered Physical Therapy Assistant.
WHAT IF I FAIL A REQUIRED PREREQUISITE COURSE TWICE?
Applicants cannot have two failures in any prerequisite course(s) within 5 years of the date they will apply to the program. This means they cannot have failed ENG 131, PSY 131 or BIO 233 twice in that time line. Additionally, they cannot have failed the same or two different courses that meet the computer or math prerequisite requirement (for example CIS 100 and HSC 131 or MATH 115 and MATH 175) within 5 years of the planned application date.