Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When can I apply to the nursing program?
    • Students must complete an NMC application, follow the admissions process and declare Pre-Practical Nursing, Pre-Associate Degree Nursing, or Pre-ADN for LPNs to be considered for the nursing program. The application can be found online at Please contact the admissions office if you have questions regarding the NMC application.
      • Students choose pre-ADN as their major and work toward completing prerequisite requirements. Once these requirements are met, students are considered eligible to submit a competitive ADN application for admission to the ADN program. Completed competitive applications are submitted online by February 1st for fall semester and July 1 for spring semester. Students may contact the Nursing Office Assistant for more information regarding this process.
      • Students choose pre-PN as their major and work toward completing prerequisite requirements. Once prerequisites are met, students are considered eligible to be placed on the PN waitlist. Prerequisites are to be completed by February 1st for fall semester and July 1st for spring semester. Students are admitted to the PN program in order of eligibility, based on the date all prerequisites are completed.
      • Students who choose pre-ADN for LPNs are licensed practical nurses who wish to continue their education. After completing prerequisite requirements, students are considered eligible to be placed on the waitlist. Prerequisites are to be completed by February 1st for fall semester and July 1st for spring. Students are admitted to the completion program in order of eligibility, based on the date all prerequisites are completed.
  • How can I earn competitive points?
    • To learn how you can earn competitive points, please see the competitive points rubrics online at A new competitive points rubric was introduced and effective for students starting at NMC in the pre-ADN program summer 2016 and updated fall 2017. Students who started the pre-ADN program prior to summer 2016 have the option of using either rubric. Those who started summer 2016 or after will use the new updated rubric.
  • How many times can I repeat a class?
    • Any math and/or science class may only be repeated once. This includes fails, withdraws/drops, or transferred classes (effective June 1, 2012).
    • During the PN or ADN programs, you are dismissed from the program after one fail (a final course grade below 2.5), but you have the option to apply for readmission when a seat becomes available. A second fail means you are dismissed from the program with no option to reapply to the program for at least 3 years. Withdrawing from a class after 25% of the class has been completed is also considered a fail. For example, HNR 241 is a 7. 5 week course, so 25% of that course is complete at the end of 2 weeks. If you withdraw from the class after the 2nd week, the resulting “W” will count as a nursing program fail. The Nursing Programs Policy Manual (found online: explains the definitions of failing a course in the nursing program.
  • How do I keep my classes up to date?
    • A& P – If you have transferrable A&P classes that meet the 2.5 or above grade for admission but are over the five (5) year timeline, you have two options.  First, you may take a competency exam.  For this option contact the Office Manager in Health Occupations to make arrangements for the exam.  The second option is to successfully complete pathophysiology, a higher level A&P course.  Pathophysiology is offered summer semester at NMC.  This option may be preferable for students planning on enrolling in a BSN completion program.  It is recommended you check with financial aid to see if your aid will cover this course.
    • Math – If your math is over five (5) years, NMC recommends as a free resource. Use for basic algebra review. Use for intermediate algebra review. Math skills can be updated by taking the Accuplacer test. Practice tests can be found at You may also take a higher level math class, such as MTH 131: Intro to Probability and Statistics or MTH 121: College Algebra. It is recommended you check with financial aid to see if your aid will cover this course.
  • How is the GPA calculated for admission?
    • GPA for eligibility requirements and competitive points is calculated in the same way. A combination of your overall NMC GPA from your study transcript and any transfer courses that count toward the degree (for example, ENG 111 and 112, PHL 202, PSY 101, BIO 227, and 228) is manually calculated by combining grades and credit hours.
  • Once the seats are filled for that semester, what steps do applicants who were not selected need to take to be considered for the next semester?
    • Students not admitted to the nursing program must complete the competitive admission process each application cycle. This includes keeping math and science classes within the required time frames to meet admission requirements. If a student decides not to apply for admission, it is important to notify the Nursing Office Assistant.
  • Can I apply to both the ADN and PN programs?
    • Students must choose either the ADN or PN program. Students may not be on the PN wait list and apply competitively for the ADN program.
  • What if two or more students earn the same number of points? Who will be considered for admission first?
    • If two or more students are equally qualified, admission will be granted based on the date the student met the nursing program admission criteria. If there are still more students with equal qualifications than spaces, the next criterion would be the date the student designated nursing as their intended major.
  • What if a space becomes available after the class has been admitted, but before the semester begins?
    • The next applicant with the most competitive points who was not originally admitted will be offered the empty space. In the event that there are open spaces and the group of competitive applicants has been exhausted, a space will be offered to a student on the practical nursing wait list who meets all ADN requirements. These offerings will go in order based on position on the PN wait list.
  • What happens if a student declines a spot in the nursing program?
    • If a student declines a nursing program space, they must reapply the following semester.
  • Why don't you add more instructors and clinical spaces?
    • This a very common question. The reason we do not add more instructors and clinical spaces is because there are no other clinical spaces to add. NMC is very fortunate to be able to use Munson Medical Center for our clinical rotations. We use all the MedSurg units. The number of students in our clinical groups are dictated by the Michigan Board of Nursing (BON). The reason for the limit is so that students can provide safe patient care.
  • Is the online program the same as the “regular” program?
    • The online program is the same as the “regular” or face-to-face program. The program outcomes and content are the same; the delivery method is different. The online program does require students to be on campus for specific activities, such as proctored testing and labs. Clinical rotations are completed in the Traverse City area.
  • I have “everything” done and am just waiting for a space — or — I am required to take 6 to 12 credits for my financial aid, what do I do now?
    • Associate degree nurses must continue their education. One thing you can do is search for a BSN program you would like to complete. Go to the University Center and investigate the programs. Once you make a decision, look at the prerequisites and check with financial aid.
  • I need one more credit for financial aid, what do you recommend I take?
    • According to the NMC catalogue, a maximum of two physical education credits, two professional development seminar credits, and four Academic Service Learning Internship credits may be used toward a degree. You will find this under the Program Information section of the catalogue for the ADN degree. Always check with financial aid to be sure these classes qualify for aid.
  • How many students do you accept each year (or semester)?
    • In the fall we accept 20 ADN students to the face-to-face program, 20 ADN students to the online program, and 4 students into the LPN-ADN Completion option. We also admit 8 students to the PN program. For the spring semester we accept 40 ADN students into the face-to-face program, 4 students into the LPN-ADN completion option, and 8 students into the PN program.
  • How much does the program cost?
    • We have a cost sheet that helps identify the costs of the program. Call, e-mail or stop by Health Occupations to pick up a current sheet or print it from the nursing website:
  • Do you have night or weekend classes?
    • Classes and clinical may be scheduled Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and/or Friday. Some of the clinical sections are offered in an afternoon/evening shift.
  • What is the difference between a Practical Nurse (PN) & a Registered Nurse (RN)?
    • The PN program is a certificate program. Once licensed, the LPN works under the guidance of the professional or registered nurse. The RN is the coordinator of care. She/he helps coordinate the care for her/his group of patients.  As a RN, you will be working with an interdisciplinary team to help your patient achieve their   optimum level of wellness. The RN may accomplish this through the delegation of tasks to members of the team — i. e. LPN, nursing assistants.
  • Are there good paying jobs available for PNs?
  • Can I take any nursing classes before I am admitted such as HNR 100, HNR 108, HAH 100C?
    • Due to recent changes to the ADN and PN programs, there are no longer any nursing classes available to pre-nursing students.
    • HNR 108 Pharmacology is no longer available because this class has been divided into two classes (HNR 106 and 107) to be taken the first and second semesters of the nursing programs to help students better learn the content and be more successful in their coursework.
    • HNR 100 Introduction to Nursing will be removed as an individual nursing class from the nursing curriculum effective fall 2018 due to duplication of content. Topics not included in the program will be redistributed into other nursing classes.
    • HAH 100c is not available because you must be in clinical to complete this class. Part of this class is taught by the Munson Educators who work with the Munson computer documentation system. The class teaches you how to document using the Munson computer system. If you take this class too early, you would not be prepared when your clinical begins.
  • How long do I have to wait for clinicals?
    • Clinicals begin in your first semester of the nursing program.
  • Can I work while I’m in the program?
    • It is possible to work part time while in the nursing program but full time employment is discouraged. This program is very demanding and requires hours of preparation and study time to be a safe patient care provider. You are working with people. Their lives are in your hands. You must be alert and prepared at all times.
  • Who do I go to for academic advising?
    • Because there are a large number of pre-nursing students, all the pre-nursing students see our professional advisors in the Advising Center for assistance with classes. Once you are admitted to the nursing program, you are assigned a full time nursing faculty member to be your academic advisor throughout the entire program.
  • Can I transfer nursing courses from other colleges?
    • Some nursing classes are transferable. You must have all the class materials for the class you want to transfer including your syllabus. See the Director of the NMC Nursing program if you have a class to transfer.
  • What CPR classes do I need for the nursing program?
    • Students must have American Heart Association: Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) or American Red Cross: Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers or CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers.
  • Do you do drug testing?
    • Yes, mandatory drug screening is conducted on all nursing students, beginning Fall 2016.
  • Will a DUI keep me out of the program?
    • The first two DUI convictions are typically misdemeanors. They would not exclude a person from entering the program. A third DUI conviction generally becomes a felony. This would require a 10 year exclusionary time period between the applicant's discharge from state supervision to the date of program application (actual entrance into the program).
  • How do I know if what is on my record will keep me out of the program? I don't want to start working toward a nursing degree if I won't be admitted to the program.
    • The following links provide information on State and Federal exclusions for criminal history. Please review the following information if you have a criminal history to determine if you are eligible for clinical placement as a nursing student. Felonies typically have restricted admission for a 10- to 15-year period from the time of completion of sentence and all probation time served. Misdemeanors vary in the severity of the crime and the time frame a student would be excluded from placement in a health care setting. Misdemeanor guidelines do not require completion of probation time in the exclusion time period.
    • Once admitted to the program, students subsequently convicted of crimes identified at the state and/or federal level as exclusionary will be dismissed. It is the student’s responsibility to report changes in the status of their criminal background to the director of the Nursing Programs.
    • The exclusionary criteria are subject to change based on Michigan Criminal Law and the BON licensure rules. The BON will tell a potential applicant that the rules in force when they apply for a license will be those used, not the rule in force when they were applying for nursing school and/or in nursing school.
  • Do I need to complete a health form?
    • When you are admitted to the program, you will be sent a health form to complete. You may work with your health care provider or make an appointment with Health Services at NMC to complete this requirement. The health form includes immunizations (including a flu shot) and titers for immunizations that are required for your clinical rotations.
  • What changes are taking place regarding academic requirements for the ADN and PN programs?
    • BIO 240 Normal and Clinical Nutrition is no longer required for the ADN and PN programs (effective fall 2018). After a review of the National Council test plan, it was determined the required nutrition topics were already incorporated into the nursing program coursework.
    • CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry is no longer a prerequisite requirement for either the ADN or PN programs (effective fall 2018). After a review of the pharmacology text book, faculty determined the essential material was covered in this book. This class may still be required for a BSN program.
    • HNR 100 Introduction to Nursing will be removed as an individual nursing class from the nursing curriculum effective fall 2018 due to duplication of content. Topics not included in the program will be redistributed into other nursing classes.
    • A grade of 2.5 or higher is now required for all HNR courses, including HAH100c (effective fall 2018). The increase in the passing grade requirement for nursing classes supports the quality of NMC’s programs and is consistent with other Michigan community college programs.
    • The minimum overall GPA required for eligibility for all NMC nursing programs: ADN (generic and completion options) and PN is 2.5 (effective fall 2018). This change promotes consistency across the nursing programs offered at NMC. It is also consistent with the requirements for the majority of Michigan community colleges.
October 13, 2017

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