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Develop tomorrow's leaders in the Allied Health Profession.


The mission of the Allied Health Department is to provide quality educational programs and to enhance the educational and employment opportunities of our students in the allied health professions. The Allied Health programs and services are student centered and are focused upon maximizing access to and success in the student's educational and career goals.


  1. Prepare students with the current knowledge and skills necessary for employment utilizing practitioner faculty, experiential curricula, and state-of-the-art facilities.
  2. Respond to the changing  needs of the health care community by providing continuing education for persons whose skills need upgraded, knowledge broadened or who seek career advancement.
  3. Prepare students through a prescribed course of study to transfer to 4-year instututions or to advance training.

Nursing Program

The mission of the HCC Nursing Program is to prepare graduates to embrace the idea of life-long learning and to enter the profession of nursing, as safe nursing generalists, in a variety of settings.


Philosophy is a statement of beliefs developed by the faculty that serve as the basis of curricular development. The core concepts include health, nursing, nursing education and the Associate Degree Nursing graduate.

The faculty believes that persons are unique systems having physiological and psychological needs and potentials.  These needs and potentials influence the ability to achieve optimal health and well-being through out the life span and the extent to which persons require or benefit from nursing care.

Health is a multifaceted dynamic state that evolves from the interaction of persons and environment.  Health comprises physiological and psychosocial well being; elements of health can exist even in the presence of illness or disease.

Nursing is an art and a science concerned with prevention of illness as well as the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. The goal of nursing is to assist persons to maintain optimal physiological and psychosocial well-being.  Nursing practice in diverse roles to support the dignity, individuality, and well-being of persons.

Nursing education is a dynamic process that supports the learner’s development in critical thinking skills, creativity and self-direction.  Learners change or reorganize their thinking and/or behavior as a result of acquiring new knowledge, skill and attitudes.  Learning takes place through experience, which is the interaction between the learner and what is leaned.  Each learner has individual needs and potentials and is responsible for their own learning.

The associate degree registered nurse provides, unique, comprehensive assessment of the health status of the individual client, families, or group, and then develops and implements a plan of care, specific to the situation.  The nurse assists in the promotion of health, in coping with health problems, in adapting to and/or recovering from the effects of disease or injury, and in supporting the right to a dignified death.  The associate degree registered nurse is accountable for abiding by all applicable federal, state, and territorial statues related to nursing practice. 

(Adapted from NCSBN NCLEX-RN Examination Detailed Test Plan booklet, April 2004)

Student Learning Outcomes

Utilizing knowledge from nursing theory, the humanities, natural and behavioral sciences, the graduate will:

Demonstrate through the use of the nursing process the ability to think critically and make reasonable judgments.

Utilize effective communication techniques with individuals, families, significant others and members of the health care team.

Incorporate the roles and responsibility of the nurse as a member of an interdisciplinary tam to meet the holistic needs of individuals, families, and groups throughout the life cycle in a variety of settings.

Demonstrate caring behaviors that are nurturing, protective, compassionate and person-centered.

Demonstrate accountability for nursing actions, judgments, and responsibilities consistent with ones own scope of practice within the legal and ethical framework of the nursing profession.

Assume responsibility for personal and professional growth by participating in activities that enhance continuous learning, self-development, and ensure high standards of nursing practice.

Program Bench Marks

Graduation Rates:

  • At least 70% of the students, over 150% of the program, will graduate.
  • At least 75% of the students entering in a given year will graduate.

Job Placement Rate:

  • Within six (6) months of graduation, 90% of graduates will be employed in the profession of nursing.                                             

Program Satisfaction:

  • The program/institution evaluations will show that all areas receive a 3.5 or higher by students and employers.

Pass Rates:

  • NCLEX pass rate will be 90% average annually on the first attempt.
  • NCLEX pass rate will be equal or greater than the state average.

Incorporating Assessment Results:

Assessment date will be utilized for curriculum evaluation, to entify both strengths and weaknesses resulting in changes, as  indicated.