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Catalog 2021-22

Catalog 2021-22

Nursing: Practical Certificate (PN)

Nursing courses are open only to students who are officially admitted to the nursing career ladder curriculum.

The practical nursing program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This program provides basic nursing theory and clinical practice in caring for adults, children and families to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in long-term care facilities, medical offices, hospitals, home health and other community settings. Students who satisfactorily complete the practical nursing program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) as a step in obtaining licensure as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Students who wish to pursue this option must successfully complete the Advanced Concepts in Practical Nursing course at the end of the first academic year along with the other first year courses within the associate degree of nursing program. 

Students need to complete the pre requisite courses and meet other admission requirements. The nursing program has pre-admission and admission requirements that are reviewed annually. Students may only defer one time to start another year without having to repeat the application process. Students who accept a spot and do not complete the final admission requirements by scheduled deadlines will be administratively cancelled.

Nursing courses must be taken in sequence. A minimum grade of 80% in each nursing course is required for progression to the next course. Academic courses, other than nursing, must be completed according to application requirements. Computer lab use and testing is required in this program. See Computer Use policy 3110 at for more information. Students must furnish and maintain uniforms and supplies as required by the department and clinical facilities. Students must meet health and clinical requirements, have a negative drug screen on first attempt, pass a criminal background check, and complete any other nursing department requirements by stated deadlines.

This program is offered at the Livonia Campus. Students are admitted once a year to the nursing career ladder curriculum (NCLC), at the beginning of the fall semester. Students selecting the practical nursing certificate option at the end of the first year of the NCLC sequence may then complete the registered nursing program without further application or admission requirements. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion. This program requires a special admissions process. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426 or to complete an application. 

Not all courses are offered each semester.  Students should work with an academic advisor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection. 

Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00017
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Sample Plan

Admission Prerequisites and Supportive Courses*

Total Credits: 13

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 11.5♦

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 12

First Year - Spring Session

Total Credits: 5♦

First Year - Summer Session

Total Credits: 3♦

Program Total: 44.5 Credits

*COLLS 130 Applied Learning Theory for Nursing Majors is a suggested elective for pre-nursing students to develop study skills and success strategies.

**Students may also take the BIOL 237-238 Anatomy and Physiology course sequence which may be preferred for BSN programs.

***PSYCH 201 Introduction to Psychology is a supportive course not a prerequisite course and may be taken later as long as it is completed by the start of the Nursing program.

****Mathematics – students should meet with an advisor to determine courses that satisfy academic goals and BSN program requirements.

*****NURS 104 Nursing Pharmacology may be taken the Winter or Spring semester before the Fall semester if desired or may be taken in the Fall semester (for students already accepted into the nursing program).

♦ Students should work with an advisor if more credits are needed per semester to qualify for financial aid.

+ Please check Schoolcraft General Education requirements to determine course options.

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