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Nursing Degrees and Certificates

Nursing training exerciseNorthwestern Michigan College offers first-time students the opportunity to earn a Practical Nursing (PN) certification or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Students with a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certification can earn their ADN via the LPN to ADN completion option. After successfully completing the Practical Nursing program, students become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Students become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) after successfully completing the Associate Degree program.

NMC also offers students in the Associate Degree program the option to take an elective at the end of their second semester. This option gives the ADN students the opportunity to complete the PN program, take the NCLEX-PN exam, and work as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) while completing the remainder of the ADN program.

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

Register for a session here »

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.

Degrees & Certificates

Nursing Programs Policy Manual (PDF) »

ADN Program Outcomes (PDF) »

PN Program Outcomes (PDF) »

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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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