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 of taking the first nursing class.

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission for the Practical Nursing Program is on a “rolling basis,” which means that students are admitted based on completion of all requirements and space availability. Students who meet eligibility are placed on a wait list and admitted in order of eligibility completion. Admission occurs in February for fall semester and July for spring semester.
  • An NMC student admission application, required placement 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 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.

Placement Test Requirements: Students must complete the appropriate test requirements. Students must place into MTH 121 – College Algebra. If test scores do not meet eligibility requirements, students must complete MTH 111 – Intermediate Algebra with a grade of 2.0 or better.

  • SAT: 580 or above for Math (or equivalent course work) within five years of program entry. The Accuplacer test may be taken to demonstrate current math skills.
  • ACT: 24 or above for Math (or equivalent course work) within five years of program entry. The Accuplacer test may be taken to demonstrate current math skills.
  • ACCUPLACER: 80 or above for Elementary Algebra (or equivalent course work) within five years of program entry.
  • COMPASS:
    • Note: COMPASS tests will no longer be administered after November 30, 2016.
    • Math: 66 or above in Algebra (or equivalent course work) within five years of program entry. The Accuplacer 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. The competency exam may be taken a total of 2 times. There must be a minimum of 3 months between attempts.
      • [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.]

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:
    • American Heart Association: HeartCode ® BLS (CPR and AED)
    • American Red Cross: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers.

Current CPR certification must be documented by the start of the first clinical day and maintained throughout the remainder of the program.

*NOTE: While students can take BIO 228 and nursing courses 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, students 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 Progression Policy as defined in the 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. Pre-nursing students with two program fails are not eligible for admission to the nursing program. See the Nursing Program Policy Manual for further details.

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