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 take 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 take 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 and submit an Industry-Recognized Credentials form ( prior to applying.

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

Effective Fall 2021, Muskegon Community College will update their biology courses in order to improve the ability to transfer credits to several universities. Credits obtained under the former biology classes for the MCC Nursing Program will be accepted per the 8-year rule.

General education courses must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or above in adherence to the Muskegon Community College Course Repeat Rule, which was developed to provide fair access to classes.  It allows the student to repeat the course once.  Instructor permission is required to take a course more than twice.  To repeat a course, a student must register for and pay all necessary fees.  Each grade received will appear on a student’s record, but only the last grade awarded is used in computing a GPA.  Keep in mind that if you retake a class and receive a lower grade, the last grade is still the one that counts.  When transferring to another college or university, you may be held accountable for all attempts as grades associated with a course taken at Muskegon Community College.