Nursing - ADN Completion Option

Nursing training exercise for associates degree in nursing programCompleted your Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program and ready to take the next step? NMC’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) completion option for LPNs allows those with current clinical work experience in acute or extended care or who have graduated within three years to complete the nursing course work in two semesters.

NMC’s ADN program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensing as a registered nurse.

Career opportunities

Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by a larger elderly population; technological advances in patient care, which permit a greater number of health problems to be treated; and an increasing emphasis on preventive care.

Employment of RNs will not grow at the same rate in every industry. The projected growth rates for RNs in the industries with the highest employment of these workers are:

Nursing industry growth rates



Office of physicians


Home health care services


Nursing care facilities


Employment services


Hospitals, public and private


Median annual earnings of registered nurses were $65,745 in the State of Michigan in May of 2010. Some places nurses worked and their average annual earnings include:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals – $68,610
  • Home health care services – $63,850
  • Offices of physicians – $70,530
  • Nursing care facilities – $59,990

ACEN accreditation logoNMC nursing programs are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

The associate degree of nursing program completion option at Northwestern Michigan College located in Traverse City, Michigan is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate degree of nursing program completion option is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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Any pre-nursing student planning to transfer a pharmacology class to NMC, please contact the Nursing Department prior to registering for any non-NMC pharmacology class.

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