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Frequently Asked Questions

(rev 11/13/2014)


Below you will find some frequently asked questions and their answers.

Q: What are the requirements for the Nursing Program?

 If accepted the Nursing Program students must have the following:

1. Criminal background check demonstrating they have not been convicted of any crime outlined in Administrative Procedure 3.200 and 3.201.

2. High School Diploma or GED

3. Minimum of 2.8 college cumulative grade (excluding college preparatory courses)

4. Completion (prior to submitting an application)of the following 21 credit hours of Nursing Program general education pre-requisite courses with no less than a C grade in each course

  • ENC 1101 Freshman English 1 3cr
  • BCS 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 3cr
  • BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1cr
  • SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology 3cr
  • BSC 2086 Anatomy and Physiology II 3cr
  • BSC 2086 Anatomy & Physiology Lab II 1cr
  • MCB 2000 Microbiology 3cr
  • MCB 2000L Microbiology Lab 1cr 
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra  (or higher) 3cr

    The above listed courses must be completed with no less than a C grade in each course, PRIOR to submitting an application to the Nursing Program.

Q: Can I finish up my prerequisites while in the nursing program?
A: No, you must complete your prerequisites first and then you may apply.

Q: How many credit hours is the program and how long will it take to complete?

The total credit hours for the program is 72.  

The duration of the program is as follows:

  • Pre-requisites = 1 year (Both - Basic and Transition programs)
  • Basic program = 4 semesters fall and spring no classes offered in the summer
  • Transition program =  3 semesters  summer, fall and spring

Q: Is there a separate tract for the Licensed Practical Nurse seeking an RN degree?
A: Yes, this is our Transition program and it is held on the Dale Mabry campus only. This program is only offered during the day.

Q: What are the times for the evening/weekend program?

It is 2 days a week from 5-8 p.m. with a 10 hour clinical on Saturdays.

Time or day may vary according to type of clinical assignments.

The last nursing course NPIV  will meet for four hours 5-9

Q: What type of experiences will be offered and what is the expected time commitment?

Coursework includes classroom instruction; pre-arranged clinical experiences, mandatory labs and selected community clinical experiences.

Both the Basic and the Transition program require a FULL TIME commitment.

Q: How many days a week/hours will I spend in class and clinical? (Refer to syllabus posted on the webpage under “course” in the nursing homepage)

Semester 1 - Nursing Process I – Class 2 days a week with a 3 hour lecture and a 10 hour clinical day a week. Additional hours outside of class assigned for lab. 

Semester 2 - Nursing Process II – Class 2 days a week with a 3 hour lecture, and a 10 hour clinical day a week. Additional hours outside of class assigned for lab

Semester 3 - Nursing Process III – Class 3 consecutive days a week:    2 days a week with  3 hours of lecture  for the Maternal Child courses 1 day with a 2 hours of lecture  for the Mental health  All courses have a ten hour clinical day and may have assigned lab hours.

Semester 4 - Nursing Process IV – the first half of this semester is class 2 days a week with a 4 hour lecture and a 10 hour clinical day.
  The second half is allocated to a preceptorship (leadership) clinical rotation. Your schedule will depend on the schedule of your assigned preceptor (licensed RN). During this time expect to be flexible as this may create potential conflict with work schedule. 

If your class is on Tuesday and Wednesday, the clinical day may be on Thursday or Friday. The opposite is true for Thursday and Friday class. 

Please remember you will also need to plan 2-3 hours per credit per week for study time. Study groups within your class are encouraged and can be helpful to clarify information presented in class.

Q: What is the length of the nursing program?

 Pre-requisite completion – 1 year


The duration of the nursing courses is four terms for the basic option and three terms for the transition option.   

The program requires full-time attendance commitment from the student. It offers a competency-based systematic instructional approach and both day and evening clinical experiences are utilized.

Q: On what campus are the Nursing courses offered?

The Basic Nursing Program is offered during the day at the Dale Mabry, Plant City and Southshore campuses.

The Dale Mabry and Plant City Campuses offer an evening/weekend option.

Q: What does the program cost?

The total cost of the program is approximately $8,500. This includes tuition, books, uniforms and lab fees.


Please see the webpage Program Expenses for much more information on program costs.


Additional costs following graduation are for an application for a nursing license and the fee for the NCLEX Licensure exam.

Q: Can I transfer into the Nursing Program?
A: Students who wish to transfer into the Nursing Program will need to contact the Nursing Program at (813) 253-7366 for a review of their transcripts.

Q: Are there any additional requirements once a student is accepted into the Nursing Program?

Yes. Applicants:

A) - must return confirmation form A, the drug test fee by the deadline printed on the acceptance letter. 

B) - must have a current CPR for Healthcare Providers certification.

C) - Have a current physical examination and immunizations submitted on the Nursing Program’s physical exam form. A licensed physician or a Licensed Nurse Practitioner must complete the form. A copy of the form will be provided during the nursing program orientation.

D) - Attend a mandatory orientation. Final acceptance into the nursing program will be contingent upon the student attending the scheduled orientation session. Students will be notified of the time and place in their acceptance letter.  

E) - Must pass a drug-screening test.

F) - Clean FDLE background

Q: Which hospitals are used for clinical affiliation?

St. Joseph's

Tampa General

Florida Hospital Tampa


Florida Hospital Carrolwood

James Haley VA Hospital

South Florida Baptist

Lakeland Regional Medical Center


Brandon Regional


South Bay


 Others sites include community locations and  mental health facilities

Q: Does the nursing program  utilize standardized testing ?
A: Yes, all course utilize standardized testing as well as computer based learning programs and e-texts.

Q: How can I obtain an application?

This is a two step application.

1) Applicants who are new to HCC must complete an application to the college. This application may be obtained through the Nursing web-site or by downloading it from the HCC homepage - Future student .

2) An  application for the nursing program is also requirred. This application may be obtained from the Nursing web-site.

Q: Who do I contact about the status of my nursing application or if I have questions pertaining to my application or transcript?

To request information about the status of your application follow the procedure found in the Nursing site under Departments on the main HCC web-site.  

Applications take approximately 12-15 weeks to review following submission.

To confirm all documents are provided go to:      

  • Hccfl.edu       
  • Click on HawkNet       
  • Click on WebAdvisor       
  • Log in and select Students     
  • Click on My Documents 

All admission information will be confirmed only through a letter sent from the Health Sciences Admissions Committee.

Q: What are the application deadlines?
  • January 15:  FALL Entry –
    • Program Options: 
      • Basic/ Dale Mabry,  Southshore and Plant City 
      • Daytime  Basic /Plant City – Evening /Weekend 


  • January 15  SUMMER Entry –
    • Transition Option:
      • LPN to RN/ Dale Mabry only.

  • June 1  SPRING entry
    • Program Options:
      • Basic - Dale Mabry , Southshore and Plant City - Daytime
      • Basic – Dale Mabry – Evening /Weekend

      At this time, we do not accept late applications.

Q: Where do I send my Nursing application?
A: You can mail the completed application to:
Hillsborough Community College
Health Sciences Division
P.O. Box 30030
Tampa, Fl. 33630-3030

Or you can drop it off in person in the drop box located in DSTU 119 at the Dale Mabry Campus.

Q: Do you have a waiting list?
A: No, we do not have a waiting list. If you did not get accepted into the nursing program the first time, you would need to reapply.

Q: Who can I speak with about getting started on my prerequisites?
A: You can contact an advisor at (813)253-7202.



This page last updated November 13, 2014 eab

Please report any problems with this page to Eugene Broda gbroda@hccfl.edu