Nursing Associate Degree Program Requirements

NMC Code 302

Northwestern Michigan College’s Associate Degree in Nursing consists of two years of nursing classes after prerequisites are met. It is designed to give the student the necessary skills and preparation for employment after graduation. Graduates of the ADN program are eligible to apply for the National Council License Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensing as a registered nurse. All nursing courses must be completed within five years of taking the first nursing class.

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete the admission process for the pre-Associate Degree Nursing AGS Degree for NMC.
  • Transfer students must submit official transcripts to determine eligibility (allow 2-4 weeks for processing).
  • Current NMC students must update their program of study to pre-Associate Degree Nursing AGS Degree (code 950) by filling out the Program Change Form and submitting it to Student Enrollment Services.
  • Create a plan to complete prerequisite requirements with the Advising Department -- (231) 995-1040.
  • NMC’s ADN Program has a competitive admissions process. Review the Competitive Points Rubric to verify how points for admission are earned.
  • Monitor your NMC email for communication from the Nursing Department.

Application Process:

  • Complete prerequisite requirements (listed below).
  • Students are notified via email when they have met eligibility.
  • Complete the Competitive ADN Application online through MyNMC by clicking on Self Service, Admissions, Apply for Admission, and Submit a Competitive ADN Application.  
  • Application deadlines for first consideration:
    • Fall Semester (August start) -- February 1st
    • Spring Semester (January start) – August 30th
  • Students are notified via email of admission decisions by mid-March for Fall and mid-August for Spring.
  • Students must maintain the required GPA throughout the application process.
  • Students must maintain the five-year math and biology requirements listed below throughout the application process.

Prerequisite Requirements:

The following must be complete to be eligible to apply for the ADN program.

Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. (The Nursing GPA includes all NMC courses and transfer courses that count toward the ADN degree.)

Course

 Minimum Grade

Time Limit

ENG 111 English Composition

2.0

None

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

2.0

None

BIO 227 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

2.5

Must have been completed within 5 years

MTH 111 Intermediate Algebra
(Higher level coursework or qualifying test scores* may meet this requirement)

2.0

Must have been completed within 5 years

*Qualifying test scores must place students into MTH 121 – College Algebra

  • Accuplacer – 80 or above for Elementary Algebra.
  • SAT – 580 or above for Math.
  • ACT – 24 or above for Math.

Courses Recommended Prior to Starting the ADN program:

Course

Minimum Grade

Time Limit

English Composition 112

2.0

None

One Group 1 Humanities course

2.0

None

BIO 228 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

2.5

Must have been completed within 5 years

HPD 110 BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR)*

S

Must recertify every 2 years

*Equivalent classes include:

  • American Heart Association: HeartCode ® BLS (CPR and AED).
  • American Red Cross: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers.

Other Important Notes
Please Read Carefully!

  • Repeat Policy: Any math and/or science class may only be repeated once. This includes fails, drops or transferred classes (effective June 1, 2012).
  • If Anatomy & Physiology classes are older than five years, students may update their skills by taking Pathophysiology, retaking Anatomy & Physiology, or by scoring 60% or higher on the competency exam. The competency exam may be taken a maximum of two times. There must be a minimum of three months between attempts. Contact Student Financial Services to determine if these courses are eligible for financial aid.
  • Although Students may take BIO 228 during their first semester of nursing courses, it is not recommended. The course load is very demanding and may be more than some students can handle successfully (14 credits, 24 contacts). Students who choose this schedule must have excellent time management and study skills to be successful.
  • There is no part time nursing option available. The ADN online option is available for Fall admission only.
  • The Nursing Department has partnered with Castlebranch to assist with compliance tracking and clinical requirements. The following will be uploaded to the Castlebranch account:
    • Current CPR certification, a physical examination documenting good mental and physical health, immunization records, and criminal background checks.
  • A five-panel drug screen is required. Alcohol and Drug Policy and Procedures can be found in Appendix A of the Nursing Program Policy Manual.
  • All nursing courses have a minimum grade requirement of 2.5. A class completion with a grade less than 2.5 is considered a program fail. A student who withdraws from a nursing class after 25% of the class has been completed is considered a program fail. A student with two program fails will be dismissed from the nursing program.
  • Clinical facilities have the right to accept or reject a student. This action could result in a student being delayed or unable to complete the nursing program. This decision may be made just prior to the clinical rotation.
  • For further information on NMC’s Nursing Programs, see Frequently Asked Questions and the Nursing Program Policy Manual.

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Updated May 9, 2018
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