Nursing Career Ladder Curriculum

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 with other institutions to become eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN).  {See additional links under Nursing Admission Info pages.}

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).

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.

(See additional information on the Nursing Progression & Graduation page.)

Effective Fall 2017 for students entering the Muskegon Community College Nursing Program, PEA 101A Fitness Wellness & Nutrition and PEA/DNC will no longer be required to graduate with an AAS (Associates in Applied Science) degree.

This change is in response to national trends to align Associate Degree Nursing Programs with only those credits essential for completion of an Associate Degree.  This results in the MCC Nursing Program requiring 65 credits for graduation of which 42 credits are in nursing courses and 23 credits are in non-nursing courses. The Nursing Faculty voted unanimously on this change. The Michigan Board of Nursing has been notified of this minor Nursing Program change.  Muskegon Community College Nursing Program is fully approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

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