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Nursing - Practical

Nursing training exerciseLicensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. NMC’s LPN program can be completed in two semesters after prerequisite courses are completed. The program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. Graduates are eligible to apply for the State Board Examination for licensing as a practical nurse.

Career Opportunities

  • Employment of LPNs is projected to grow by 21 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than average for all occupations. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good, but job outlook varies by industry. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home health care services.
  • Most LPNs are generalists and work in all areas of health care. They provide basic care, taking vital signs, temperature, blood pressure and pulse, and assist with bathing patients, monitoring catheters and applying dressings. Some work in a specialized setting, such as a nursing home, a doctor’s office or in home health care. LPNs in nursing care facilities help to evaluate residents’ needs, develop care plans, and supervise the care provided by nursing aides. In doctors’ offices and clinics they may be responsible for making appointments, keeping records and performing other clerical duties.
  • Median annual earnings of licensed practical nurses were $41,447 in the State of Michigan in May 2010. Some places licensed practical nurses worked and the average earnings include:
    • Nursing care facilities – $42,590
    • Home health care services – $42,550
    • General medical and surgical hospitals – $40,250
    • Offices of physicians – $37,480

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

The practical nursing program 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 practical nursing program is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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This program prepares you to take the NCLEX exam in the State of Michigan. Graduates who want to practice in other states should review those requirements via that Board of Nursing link 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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