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). Consideration for admission requires satisfactory completion of program prerequisites before a student is placed on the wait list. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Should qualified applicants exceed space available, competitive admission criteria may apply. Completed applications must be submitted through NMC Admissions »
  • A completed NMC application, COMPASS testing and all supporting documentation must be on file before student eligibility can be determined. This includes submission of an official high school transcript.
  • Repeat classes: Any math and/or science class may only be repeated once. This includes fails, drops, or transferred classes. (effective June 1, 2012)
  • Students must maintain eligibility throughout the application and admission process, which includes maintaining the required GPA and ensuring math, science or biology skills do not expire. If a student becomes ineligible at any time they will be removed from the wait list. When eligibility is once again met, they will be placed back on the bottom of the wait list.

GPA Requirements

  • College GPA of 2.0. (Overall GPA is defined as a combination of NMC GPA and any transfer courses counted toward the PN certificate.)
  • General education course equivalents may be transferred from another institution according to the college transfer policy.
  • Catalog pre-requisites may be found at www.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 (or equivalent course work) within five years of program entry. 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.

ACT

  • ACT of 19 for Reading and Writing
  • ACT of 24 for Math (If ACT score is not within five years of program entry, the COMPASS test may be taken to demonstrate current math skills.)

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 and BIO 228 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 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:

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 (PDF) here.

The nursing program must be completed within 5 years of taking the first nursing class.

Revised 8/10/2015

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