Health Careers College Core Curriculum (HC4)

The Health Careers College Core Curriculum (HC4) Program is an entry-to-college program for adult learners who want to obtain an associate’s and/or bachelor’s degree in various allied health fields. The HC4 Program works with a variety of college partners and provides opportunities for members to take the “core” prerequisite courses they need in a highly supportive environment. HC4 students take credited courses and typically earn between 20-36 credits before transitioning to the majors of their choice.

Courses are offered through the following colleges:

  • New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
  • Lehman College
  • College of Staten Island (CSI)
  • Westchester Community College
  • Nassau Community College

Tuition is paid directly to colleges by the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund, so there is no out-of-pocket expense for tuition and fees.

Application Windows

Fall Semester: May 1 – July 28
Summer Semester: March 1 – April 30
Winter/Spring Semesters: September 1 – November 30

Typical Courses

  • Biology (general)
  • Chemistry
  • English Composition I & II
  • Ethics (introduction to CSI ethics)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Math (various courses)
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology (general and developmental)
  • Sociology
  • United States: Issues, Ideas and Institutions

Academic Performance

  • You must pass all three sections of the CUNY Assessment Test prior to enrolling in the HC4 program.
  • All required course work must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Pass/Fail courses must be passed.

If you fail to maintain academic and eligibility requirements, you will be responsible for reimbursing the Training and Upgrading Fund for the cost of your courses.

If you have further questions, please contact our Counseling Hotline at (212) 284-9210 or email us at HC4Program@1199Funds.org.