Nursing Career Ladder
The Muskegon Community College Nursing Program offers a career ladder nursing curriculum consisting of the practical nurse diploma and the Associate Degree in Applied Science Nursing (AAS) with the opportunity to enroll concurrently in the Michigan State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Students who successfully complete the Practical Nurse Diploma will be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Students who successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science Nursing (AAS) degree will be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Muskegon Community College Associate Degree Nursing students who have enrolled in clinical nursing courses in the nursing major are eligible to apply for transfer admission to Michigan State University into the concurrent enrollment Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Acceptance is determined by the applicant’s previous academic record. Admission to the program is competitive; the most qualified candidates are selected from the pool of candidates meeting the minimum criteria.
Licensed Practical Nurses and other individuals with prior nursing education are afforded the opportunity to enter into the curriculum with advanced placement. Students seeking an Associate in Applied Science Nursing (AAS) Nursing who have previously obtained the LPN or LVN licensure must possess an unencumbered license and current work experience.
* Indicates course is optional for individuals exiting upon completion of Level I; must be completed prior to Term 5 if pursuing AAS or ASA Degree. Chemistry competency must be met prior to Term 5.
Students must make an appointment with the MCC Counseling and Advising Center (231.777.0362) to review requirements, to develop a course plan, and to receive a Nursing Program application. See Requirement Checklist for Ready List Requirements.
If testing/coursework is over eight years old, competency must be validated on established examinations or by repeating the course. Courses in the Nursing Curriculum (NUR or AH) must be completed in sequence with a “C+” (2.3) or above in order to progress in the Nursing Program. Non-nursing courses may be completed with a C (2.0) or above prior to entry into the Nursing Program sequence.
A student readmitted to the Nursing Program after withdrawal from a Nursing course or failure to achieve a minimum grade of a C+ (2.3) in a Nursing course may repeat the (same) course one time. If a passing grade is not attained when the course is repeated, the student will be ineligible for readmission.
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