Photo of Elizabeth Proulx '18, a graduate of the Elms/HCC program in management and marketing

Elizabeth Proulx '18

“Being part of an organization that’s in human services and helps the greater good of other people — that’s an amazing opportunity for me. I don’t think it would have been possible without my degree.”

After earning her degree in management and marketing, Elizabeth Proulx ’18 quickly found a job as a recruiting and human resources coordinator at a local nonprofit.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs

The Elms College bachelor’s degree completion programs offered at Holyoke Community College (HCC) meet all general requirements of Elms College. You enter this program with the required associate’s degree, satisfy Elms’ core requirements, and complete the requirements of your specific degree program.

Classes are held on the HCC campus Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., and are taught by HCC and Elms faculty. By including up to 18 credits of classes from HCC and 42 credits from Elms, you are able to complete your coursework in 10 eight-week sessions over a 20-month period. The RN-BSN degree classes are held on Tuesdays from 4:30-9 p.m. and can be completed in seven 8-week sessions over a 15 month period. You can save thousands of dollars by completing your degree in this uniquely affordable program.

Accounting Curriculum and Courses

Recommended Course Sequence

All accounting classes are scheduled for Thursday evenings 5:30 to 9:30 p.m at Elms College.

Session 1 – Fall 1
ACC301 Intermediate Accounting I
HIS105 Early American History – Online

Session 2 – Fall 2
ACC302 Intermediate Accounting II
MTH109 Statistics – Online

Session 3 – Spring 1
ACC409 Advanced Cost Accounting
REL215 World Religions – Online
ENG223 Writing in the Profession

Session 4 – Spring 2
ACC350 Accounting Information Systems
BUS248 Global Business Environment
BUS341 Gender and Diversity – Online

Session 5 – Summer 1
BUS317 Business and Society
BUS342 Managerial Communications (hybrid)

Session 6 – Summer 2
BUS340 Entrepreneurship
BUS481 Career Development – Online

Session 7 – Fall 1
ACC401 Auditing
PHI242 Ethics – Online

Session 8 – Fall 2
ACC410 Personal Taxes
BUS365 Marketing Research – Online

Session 9 – Spring 1
ACC420 Advanced Accounting
BUS311 Principles of Financial Management

Session 10 – Spring 2
ACC480 Capstone in Accounting
BUS480 Business Strategy (hybrid)

Management and Marketing Curriculum and Courses

Recommended Course Sequence

All management and marketing courses, as well as required core courses, are scheduled Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoons 1-5 p.m.

Session 1 – Fall 1
BUS345 Human Resource Management
HIS105 Early American History – Online

Session 2 – Fall 2
BUS375 Organizational Behavior – Online
MTH109 Statistics – Online

Session 3 – Spring 1
REL215 World Religions – Online
ENG223 Writing in the Profession

Session 4 – Spring 2
BUS248 Global Business Environment
BUS341 Gender and Diversity – Online

Session 5 – Summer 1
BUS317 Business and Society
BUS342 Managerial Communications (hybrid)

Session 6 – Summer 2
BUS340 Entrepreneurship
BUS481 Career Development – Online

Session 7 – Fall 1
BUS377 International Marketing
PHI242 Ethics – Online

Session 8 – Fall 2
SSN120 Conflict Resolution and Mediation
BUS365 Marketing Research – Online

Session 9 – Spring 1
BUS333 Advertising
BUS311 Principles of Financial Management

Session 10 – Spring 2
BUS332 Sales and Sales Management
BUS480 Business Strategy (hybrid)

Psychology Curriculum and Courses

Unlock the mysteries of the human mind with a degree in psychology. Understanding why people think and act in certain ways prepares you to work in human and social services, schools, criminal justice facilities, and more.
  • Earn your degree in 20 months
  • Classes held Saturdays (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.) on the HCC campus
  • Classes taught be Elms faculty
  • Financial aid available
Having a degree in psychology is lucrative in a number of fields:
  • Social workers working in mental health and substance abuse centers earn a median salary of $43,250 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • Entry level case managers can earn an average salary of $44,930 per year, according to ZipRecruiter.
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists can earn a median salary of $51,410 per year, according to BLS.
By accelerating your studies over 20 months, you can save thousands of dollars while completing your degree. All you need to do is:
  • Enter the psychology program with the required associate’s degree (and at least 60 credits)
  • Satisfy the Elms College core requirements
  • Complete the requirements of the psychology program

Recommended Course Sequence

All psychology and required core courses are scheduled for Saturday mornings 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoons 1-5 p.m.

Session 1 – Fall 1
PSY202 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (hybrid)
PSY325 Personality Theory

Session 2 – Fall 2
PSY240 Stress and Coping
PSY210 Research Methods

Session 3 – Spring 1
PSY306 Educational Psychology
PHI248 Healthcare Ethics – Online

Session 4 – Spring 2
PSY309 Social Psychology
SOC209 Social Deviance (hybrid)

Session 5 – Summer 1
PSY313 Psychology of Behavioral Management
REL215 World Religion – Online

Session 6 – Summer 2
PSY307 Psychological Testing
SOC322 Social Life through Films (hybrid)

Session 7 – Fall 1
PSY304 Forensic Psychology
PSY302 History and Systems

Session 8 – Fall 2
SSN120 Conflict Resolution and Mediation
HIS105 US History I – Online

Session 9 – Spring 1
PSY308 Cognitive Psychology (hybrid)
ART215 Art History II – Online

Session 10 – Spring 2
PSY401 Psychology Seminar (Capstone)
PSY150 Writing in Psychology (hybrid)

RN-BSN Curriculum and Courses

Course Sequence

HCC RN-BSN Off-Campus program:

  • Tuesdays from 4:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Classes held at the Center for Health Education, 404, Jarvis Ave., Holyoke
  • 7 eight-week sessions, and selected courses may be online.
  • You can transfer up to 90 credits toward your Elms RN-BSN degree.
  • Only 30 residency credits are required.
  • Includes six graduate level credits.

Contact: Thomas Engel, MSN, MBA, RN | 413-265-2458 |

Healthcare Management Curriculum and Courses

Earn your degree in healthcare management and bring a fresh perspective to healthcare administration. The degree completion program offered at Holyoke Community College helps you master skills like effective communication, ethical leadership, financial analysis, and human resources management.
  • Earn your degree in 20 months
  • Classes held Saturdays (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.) on the HCC campus
  • Classes taught by Elms faculty
  • Financial aid available
Healthcare managers are dynamic, coordinating the delivery of services at group medical practices, hospitals, health centers, nursing homes, and more:
  • Medical and health services managers can earn a median salary of $98,350 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In Massachusetts, healthcare managers earn a median salary of $128,730 per year, according to BLS.
By accelerating your studies over 20 months, you can save thousands of dollars while completing your degree. All you need to do is:
  • Enter the healthcare management program with the required associate’s degree (and at least 60 credits)
  • Satisfy the Elms College core requirements
  • Complete the requirements of the healthcare management program

Recommended Course Sequence

Session 1 – Fall 1
HTH200 Introduction to Health Services
BUS221 Computer Applications

Session 2 – Fall 2
ACC201 Principles of Accounting 1
BUS242 Principles of Management – Online

Session 3 – Spring 1
ACC202 Principles of  Accounting 2
SOC214 Sociology of Healthcare – Online

Session 4 – Spring 2
BUS252 Principles of Marketing
LEG311 Health Law – Online

Session 5 – Summer 1
BUS260 Legal Environment of Business
BUS342 Managerial Communication – (hybrid)

Session 6 – Summer 2
HTH250 Operations in Healthcare
ECN211 Maroeconomics – Online
BUS481 Career Development – Online

Session 7 – Fall 1
BUS345 Human Resource Management
ECN212 Microeconomics – Online
REL340 Spirituality and Values in Healthcare

Session 8 – Fall 2
HTH350 Critical Issues in the Administration of Healthcare
PHI248 Healthcare Ethics (hybrid)

Session 9 – Spring 1
HTH410 Capstone: Research and Leadership in Health Services Portfolio (hybrid)
BUS311 Principles of Financial Management

Session 10 – Spring 2
BUS248 Global Business Environment
BUS480 Business Strategy (hybrid)

Entrepreneurship Curriculum and Courses

Recommended Course Sequence
All Entrepreneurship classes are scheduled for Thursday evenings 5:30 to 9:30 p.m at Elms College.

Session 1-Fall 1
BUS 345 Human Resource Management
BUS 221 Computer Applications

Session 2- Fall 2
ENT 101- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
BUS 375  Organizational Behavior

Session 3- Spring 1
ENT 220- Innovation and Design Thinking
REL 215- World Religions

Session 4-Spring 2
ENT 102- Lean Launchpad
BUS 248 Global Business Environment

Session 5- Summer 1
BUS 342 Managerial Communications
BUS 317 Business & Society

Session 6- Summer 2
ENT 340 Startup Sales and Marketing
BUS 481 Career Development

Session 7- Fall 1
ENT 320 Startup Finance
PHI 242 Ethics

Session 8- Fall 2
ENT Elective
ENT 482 or 485 Entrepreneurship Co-Op or Internship

Session 9- Spring 1
ENT 481- Capstone in Entrepreneurship
BUS 311- Principles of Financial Management

Session 10- Spring 2
BUS 341 Gender & Diversity
BUS 480 Business Strategy

Courses and sequence subject to change

Shelly Dansereau '18

Image of Elms/HCC grad Shelly Dansereau, who earned a BA in healthcare management“The off-campus program was one of the best benefits that Elms/HCC could have offered. For people like myself who are working full time and raising a family—and want to go back to school but can’t find the time to go to a four year college—it was great to have this option.”

A 20 year veteran in billing and collections at Baystate Medical Center, Shelly Dansereau ’18 earned her BA in healthcare management by taking a combination of off-campus and online classes. Read Shelly’s story.