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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 and are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000).

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Nursing Information Sessions

Please join NMC's Director of Nursing & Allied Health, Amy Jones, as she presents information and answers your questions regarding NMC's Nursing Programs. You will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from some universities regarding their Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs.Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Note: The content at these events is similar to prior Nursing Program information sessions. If you have previously attended a session you are still welcome to attend, particularly if you are interested in meeting with one of the university representatives to discuss their Bachelor of Science Nursing programs.

All sessions will take place from 4:30–5:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 - Milliken Classroom (next to auditorium)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 - Janis Room
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 - Janis Room

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Important Note: There is no waitlist for the Associate Degree Nursing Program. It is a competitive entry program, which means that if you apply but are not admitted into the program, you will need to re-apply the following semester.

If you have questions or need to speak with a pre-nursing advisor, please contact the Advising Center at (231) 995-1040 or

Students who are seeking admission into the Nursing Program for Spring 2020 are encouraged to attend the September or October information session.

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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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