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 5 to 10 percent between 2020 and 2030, with projected job openings of 194,500. 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



Physicians' offices


Home health care services


Nursing care facilities


Employment services


Hospitals, public and private


Median annual earnings of registered nurses were $76,710 in the State of Michigan in 2021. Some places that registered nurses work include:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Home health care services
  • Physicians' offices
  • Nursing care facilities

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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Tuition and Fees

Tier I Tuition

Residency Status

Tuition Rate

In-District ( Grand Traverse County residents) Tuition

$147.00 per contact hour

In-State ( other Michigan counties) Tuition

$299.00 per contact hour

Out-of-state Tuition

$387.00 per contact hour

International Tuition

$438.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies:

Other fee of $33.00 per contact hour is a general fee covering a portion of costs for technology, orientation, placement, career testing, Student Government Association, and other student service activities.

$33.00 per contact hour

General Fee for all residencies for Nursing courses (HNR)

$23.00 per contact hour

Nursing Exam Software Fee for students in ADN & PN programs

$28.75 per semester

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Note: For more information on how COA component estimates are calculated, see the bottom of the Tuition and Fees page.

Enrolled students can find their own calculated Cost of Attendance in NMC Self-Service under Financial Aid. Others can use the Net Price Calculator to estimate the total annual cost of attending NMC based on their program and enrollment plans, along with financial aid eligibility.

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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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