Hillsborough Community College HCC Nursing Admissions

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is located in the Tampa, FL area. They have several associate degree nursing programs that are help on the campuses of Dale Mabry, Plant City, and SouthShore.

The nursing programs offered at HCC requires four semesters of full time attendance. Students may take the “Basic Daytime” option at any of the three campuses. If a student wishes to pick the “Basic Night/Weekend” option, the campus will be Dale Mabry for Spring and Plant City for the Fall. Those who are LPN can go for the LPN to ADN option at Dale Mabry for summer entry. There is a Paramedic to ADN option for Fall entry at Dale Mabry as well.

In order to apply for any of these programs, all nursing program prerequisite courses must have already been completed before submitting an application.

Nursing Program Prerequisites for HCC

Here are the course requirements:

  • ENC 1101 Freshman English 1 (3 credits)
  • BSC 1085 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (3 credits)
  • BSC 1085L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1 (1 credit)
  • BSC 1086 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (3 credits)
  • BSC 1086L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab 2 (1 credit)
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra (3 credits) – NEW FOR 2010
  • SYG 2000 Introductory Sociology (3 credits)
  • MCB 1000 Microbiology (3 credits)
  • MCB 1000L Microbiology Lab (1 credit)

All of the courses must be completed prior to submitting an application to Hillsborough Community College’s Nursing Program. Grades must be a “C” or higher. The decision to admit or deny a student is based upon the GPA for these prerequisite courses.

Applicants may repeat or withdraw from each course twice for any classes taken after 1997. After the first two attempts, there GPA penalty is as follows:

  • Subtract 0.2 from the prerequisite GPA for the 3rd attempt
  • Subtract 0.6 from the prerequisite GPA for the 4th attempt
  • Subtract 1.2 from the prerequisite GPA for the 5th attempt
  • Subtract 2.4 from the prerequisite GPA for the 6th attempt

If the student receives a grade of “C” or better, the subsequent attempt will not be used in any GPA calculation.

If a required class is taken Pass/No Pass, the grade of pass does not count in the GPA. The same is true for CLEP or AP credit.  The actual score on either of those exams do not matter.

No other items are considered with regards to admission. The school evaluates applicants with baccalaureate or graduate degrees the same as those who have only taken the above courses. Fortunately, this means HCC is a good school for someone who does not perform well in standardized nursing entrance exams, which is required by many other nursing schools. This also means HCC is good for those who do not have volunteer or paid experience in the healthcare field with exception for those who are going for the Paramedic to ADN or LPN to ADN programs.

Admissions Statistics for Hillsborough Community College

Here are the admissions stats for Fall 2010 at HCC:

Number of applications: 500

Number of acceptances: 130

GPA Cutoff: 3.4

As mentioned earlier, the only consideration is prerequisite GPA with only one exception. If there is a tie, the person with the highest cumulative GPA gets in. If there is still a tie, the person with the most college credits gets in.