Nursing - Practical Program Requirements

Certificate of Achievement (Level II) – NMC Code 010

The NMC 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 Licensure Examination (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 health care facilities. All nursing courses must be completed within five years.

The program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Admission Requirements

First students complete an NMC application with Pre-PN as a current program of study. Once prerequisites are met, students are considered eligible to be placed on the wait- list. Pre-requisites are to be completed by February 1 for Fall semester (August) and July 1 for Spring semester (January). Space in the nursing program is limited. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. Should qualified applicants exceed space available, competitive admission criteria may apply. Enrollment in any Nursing (HNR) course requires admission to the nursing program OR approval of the Nursing Program Director. HNR 100 and HNR 108 may be taken ahead of program admission if course prerequisites are met and space available.

The following are required for the application process:

  1. 2.0 college GPA.*
  2. COMPASS test scores: Reading-82 or above, Writing-70 or above, Math-66 on Algebra (or equivalent coursework) within five years of program entry. Students must place into MTH 121-College Algebra. If not, students must take MTH 111-Intermediate Algebra, OR have an ACT score of 19 for reading and writing, and math ACT of 24 (Reading and writing COMPASS scores are required for students who do not transfer equivalent courses).*
  3. Courses required for admission consideration. Introductory Chemistry (CHM 101)*, two semesters of high school chemistry (2.5 combined average), or equivalent college chemistry course with a 2.0 GPA or above within ten years of program entry. Chemistry requirement for classes older than 10 years may be waived by passing the Chemistry competency examination. BIO 227-Anatomy and Physiology I* – 2.5 GPA required. Must be taken within five years of program entry. If not, students may retake BIO 227 and BIO 228 or successfully complete a competency exam. BIO 227 has specific prerequisites that may require additional coursework.
  4. Courses recommended to be completed prior to starting the PN program.
    • BIO 228 - Anatomy and Physiology II with a 2.5 GPA required.
    • BIO 240 - Normal and Clinical Nutrition
    • HPD 110 - AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
      * Eligible for waitlist once these prerequisites are completed.

Note: Any math and/or science class may only be repeated once. This includes fails, drops, or transferred classes.

General Information

  • A physical examination and completion of the Certificate of Health documenting good mental and physical health is required prior to clinical coursework.
  • Criminal background checks and drug screens are required on all students entering the Associate Degree of Nursing and the Practical Nursing programs at NMC. The costs associated with this background check and drug screen will be the sole responsibility of the nursing student and must be completed prior to the start of the program.
  • The Board of Nursing may deny a license for a previous felony conviction, previous treatment for drug or alcohol abuse or after finding the existence of one or more grounds for board action listed in 333.16221 of the Public Health Code, Act 368 of 1978.
  • The clinical facilities have the right to accept or reject a student. This action could result in a student being delayed or unable to complete the nursing program. This decision may be made just prior to the clinical rotation.
  • Nursing program tuition is charged by the contact hour.

Certificate Requirements – Credits: 35

BIO 227 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab


BIO 228 Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab


BIO 240 Normal and Clinical Nutrition


HNR 100 Introduction to Nursing


HNR 101 Fundamentals of Nursing-Lecture


HNR 102 Fundamentals of Nursing-Clinical


HNR 108 Pharmacology


HNR 125 Nursing Across the Lifespan-Lecture


HNR 126 Nursing Across the Lifespan-Clinical


HNR 145 Practical Nursing Role & Issues


HAH 100C Informatics Essentials


HPD 110 AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers*, **


* Equivalent courses are: American Red Cross BLS for Healthcare Providers or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers
**These credits do not count toward degree requirements.

Note: A 2.0 grade or higher is required in all Nursing (HNR) courses.

Revised 5/6/2016

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