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Nursing - Completion Program Requirements

NMC Code 302

The ADN Completion Program for Licensed Practical Nurses is designed to expand upon the previous education of the LPN. The LPN who has current clinical work experience in acute or extended care, or who has graduated within the past three years, can complete the ADN course work in two semesters after prerequisites are met. The technology and patient acuity in the agencies utilized for clinical course work have changed greatly in recent years. Current experience in these settings is important to the success of students pursuing this course work. Student clinical experiences at NMC may include assignments at Munson Medical Center and a variety of other agencies. Graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council License Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensing as a registered nurse.

The program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Admission Requirements:

  1. Current Michigan LPN license.
    • Complete the admission process for the pre-ADN for LPN AGS Degree for NMC.
    • Transfer students must submit official transcripts to determine eligibility (allow 2-4 weeks for processing).
  2. Current NMC students must update their program of study to to pre-ADN for LPN AGS Degree (code 949) by filling out the Program Change Form and submitting it to Student Enrollment Services.
  3. Create a plan to complete prerequisite requirements with the Director of Nursing and Allied Health.
  4. Monitor your NMC email for communication from the Nursing Department.

Admission Process:

  • Complete prerequisite requirements (listed below).
  • Students are notified via email when they have met eligibility.
  • Students who meet eligibility requirements are placed on a wait list and are admitted in order of eligibility completion.
  • Student wait list positions can be viewed through MyNMC accounts by clicking on Self Service, Admissions, and View Your: Membership on an Admissions Eligibility List.
  • Admission for first consideration is processed:
    • 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-September 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.)
  • Graduation from a Board of Nursing approved Practical Nursing Program. Nursing requirements include Level One Nursing Coursework of 22 credits (HNR 101-145).
  • Current work experience in acute or extended care or clinical coursework within the last three years. Applicants who do not meet the work experience criteria will be required to complete the first year nationally normed nursing exam with a minimum competency as identified by the testing service before progressing in the program. If this minimum competency is not achieved, HNR 126 will be required. Additional assessments may be used to determine course placement.

Prerequisite Requirements, Continued:

Required Classes


Minimum Grade

Time Limit

ENG 111 English Composition



PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology



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


Must have been completed within 5 years

BIO 227 Human Anatomy & Physiology I


Must have been completed within 5 years

BIO 228 Human Anatomy & Physiology II


Must have been completed within 5 years

HPD 110 BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR)**


Must recertify every 2 years

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

  • Next Generation Accuplacer - 275 or above for QAS or 240 or above for AAF.
  • SAT – 580 or above for Math.
  • ACT – 24 or above for Math.

** 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.

Courses Recommended Prior to Starting the ADN Completion Option:

  • ENG 112 English Composition
  • One Group 1 Humanities course

Other Important Notes
Please Read Carefully!

  • Repeat Policy: Any math and/or science class may only be repeated once. This includes fails, drops, withdrawals, 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.
  • There is no part time or online nursing option available for the LPN-ADN Completion Option.
  • 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.
  • A 2.5 grade or higher is required in all Nursing (HNR) courses. Nursing course completion with a grade less than 2.5 is considered a program fail and requires readmission. A withdrawal form a nursing class after 25% of the class has been completed is considered a program fail. A program fail after readmission will result in nursing program dismissal.
  • 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.
  • All nursing courses must be completed within five years of taking the first nursing class.
  • For further information on NMC’s Nursing Programs see Frequently Asked Questions and the Nursing Program Policy Manual.

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Updated July 26, 2019
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