Harcum College

Harcum College offers an accredited Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program for students who desire to become Registered Nurses. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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In 1915, Harcum College opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and became the region's oldest independent, two-year college. The program is an associate degree, non-profit college.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

The Associate Degree program for nursing is designed for students ready to become registered nurses. It provides the basic nursing skills and knowledge to work.

The curriculum is 66 credits for the Nursing program. After completion, the graduate is awarded an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and therefore able to take the National Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Program Description

The Nursing track is 4 semesters (two years) in length, after completing the general education courses. The program begins in the Fall semester. Students have the ability to attend full- or part-time (it takes longer than two years if attending part time).

The nursing program is only available for didactic curriculum during the day, but clinical may be scheduled during daytime, evening and weekend hours, depending on availability of clinical sites.

Harcum Bryn Mawr campus is the home for the nursing program classes. The lab experiences take place in the Nursing Laboratory. The laboratory experiences provide students with "hands on" clinical preparation. The program is designed to include the appropriate courses in conjunction with clinical experiences.

Current facilities that coordinate as clinical sites include: Chester County Medical Center, Main Line Health, Hahnemann University Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, A. I. Dupont/Nemours Hospital for Children, and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Application to the Program (not all inclusive)

  • Completed Harcum College Application
  • Application fee
  • High school transcript or GED
  • Official college transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores - Students whose native language is not English must present an acceptable test score or meet one of the exemptions
  • Essay describing applicant's reasons for choosing Nursing as a career
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • TEAS 6 Exam

Acceptance Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • 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 yearly flu vaccination
  • Provide proof of current certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers with AED (American Heart Association)
  • Provide proof of current health insurance coverage
  • TB QuantiFERON Testing
  • Provide original copies of Child Abuse History Clearance and Federal Certified Criminal Background Check - applicants may be denied a licensure or the privilege of taking the licensure examination 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.
  • Provide evidence of a negative 10-panel urine drug screening test
  • There is a deadline of within 10 years for all science and math courses to be completed; over 10 years, they expire and cannot be used to fulfill the prerequisite courses
  • Documented minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 at the time of formal application to the program
  • "C" or better in each course with a "B" in all science courses
  • Interview may be required

Application Deadlines

For Fall 2018, applications and materials for the nursing program must be completed and submitted by March 15, 2018.

Accreditation and Approval

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited the Harcum College Nursing program.

Harcum College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing approved the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Harcum College.

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