Nursing - Practical Program Requirements

Certificate of Achievement (Level II) NMC Code 010

Northwestern Michigan College’s Practical Nursing program is a two-semester certificate program after prerequisites are met. It is designed to give the student basic health care provider skills which will enable them to become eligible to take the National Council License Exam (NCLEX-PN). After successfully completing the NCLEX-PN exam, students are able to enter the work force in various healthcare settings. License Practical Nurses often work in offices, long-term care, and home healthcare facilities. All nursing courses must be completed within five years.

Admission Requirements:

  • Application Deadline: Applications for the nursing program admission are due by July 1 for spring semester (January) and February 1 for fall semester (August). Admission is on a “rolling basis” which means that admission is considered any time pending completion of all requirements as listed and space availability. Should qualified applicants exceed space available, competitive admission criteria may apply. Students may be admitted to the Practical Nursing program in either Fall or Spring semesters.
  • A completed NMC application, COMPASS testing and all supporting documentation must be on file before student eligibility can be determined. This includes submission of both official high school and college transcripts.
  • Current NMC students must submit the “Practical Nursing Notification Form” to the Admissions office. Notification forms are available in two different campus offices: Admissions and Health Occupations.
  • Repeat classes: Any math and/or science class may only be repeated once. This includes fails, drops, or transferred classes. (effective June 1, 2012)

GPA Requirements

  • College GPA of 2.0.
  • General education course equivalents may be transferred in from another institution according to the college transfer policy.
  • Catalog pre-requisites may be found at nmc.edu/programs/course-descriptions for all courses.

COMPASS or ACT Test Requirements

Students must complete either the COMPASS or ACT Test Requirements.

COMPASS

  • Reading: 82 or above. Students must place into ENG 111. Required for students who do not transfer equivalent courses. Students who have earned a college degree do not need to take the reading part of the COMPASS test.
  • Writing: 70 or above. Students must place into ENG 111. Required for students who do not transfer equivalent courses. Students who transfer ENG111 do not need to take the writing part of the COMPASS test.
  • Math: 66 or above in Algebra. Students must place into MTH 121 – College Algebra. If they do not, students must take MTH 111 – Intermediate Algebra with a grade of 2.0 or better.

Students who transfer a MTH 111 – Intermediate Algebra course that was taken within the last 5 years do not need to take the math part of the COMPASS test. Students who transfer MTH 111 that was taken more than 5 years ago may take the COMPASS test and demonstrate current math skills by placing into MTH 121 or successfully complete a math competency exam.

ACT

  • ACT of 19 for Reading and Writing
  • ACT of 24 for Math (within 5 years)

Courses Required for Admission Consideration

  • *CHM 101 – Introductory Chemistry - 2.0 required
    • Two semesters of high school chemistry with a 2.5 combined average may satisfy this requirement. Must be taken within the last 10 years. If chemistry is older than 10 years, students may retake CHM 101 or successfully complete a competency exam.
  • *BIO 227 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I – 2.5 required
    • Must be taken within the last 5 years. If A&P is older than 5 years, students may retake BIO 227 & BIO 228 or successfully complete a competency exam.
    • Transfer students must have completed course work equivalent to BIO 227, BIO 228 and BIO 208 (Microbiology) with 2.5 or better within the last 5 years before transfer credit will be considered.

*Eligible for wait list once these pre-requisites are completed.

Courses Recommended prior to starting the PN Program

It is recommended that students complete the following courses prior to starting the PN program:

  • *BIO 228 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 2.5 required.
    • Transfer students must have completed course work equivalent to BIO 227, BIO 228 and BIO 208 (Microbiology) with 2.5 or better within the last 5 years before transfer credit will be considered.
  • BIO 240 – Normal and Clinical Nutrition
  • HPD 110 – BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR) – Equivalent classes are: American Red Cross Professional Rescuer or American Health Association Health Care Provider. Current CPR certification must be documented by the start of the first clinical day and maintained throughout the remainder of the program.

*NOTE: While you can take BIO 228 and nursing in the same semester, it is not something we recommend. The course load is very demanding and may be more than some students can handle successfully. In order to be successful you must have excellent time management and study skills.

See program map for recommended placement of above-named courses if not completed prior to starting the PN program.

Nursing Courses Available prior to starting the PN program

HNR 100 Introduction to Nursing and HNR 108 Pharmacology are the only HNR (Nursing) courses that pre-nursing students may take prior to starting the nursing program. A class will open to pre-nursing students depending on available spaces. These classes (including transferred classes) fall under the NMC Nursing Program Policy Manual. A student who withdraws from a nursing class after 25% of the class has been completed receives a program fail. A class completion with a grade less than 2.0 is also a program fail. A student with two programs fails will be dismissed from the nursing program. If you are a pre-nursing student with two program fails, you are not eligible for admission to the nursing program. See the Nursing Program Policy Manual available here (PDF) »

The nursing program must be completed within five years of taking the first nursing class.

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