Nursing Program Planning
North Central Michigan College offers the Associate of Applied Science in nursing degree for students who are eligible, once they complete the nursing program, to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). A nursing degree from North Central will elicit relevant opportunities in the nursing industry. Becoming a Registered Nurses and earning the AAS nursing degree opens up the possibility of a career in many environments, including hospital setting, an extended care facility, in-home health care, and a physician practice.
Nursing is notoriously academically strenuous and competitive. Admission to the nursing program is based on your ranking among your peers. The minimum GPA to apply to the nursing program is 2.75, and you must have at least a 2.0 in each science course. Students also must have all nursing requirements fulfilled by the end of the winter semester of their preferred enrollment year.
Important note: Simply meeting the minimum parameters and applying to the nursing program do not guarantee admission.
You must complete The following courses before you can be admitted to the nursing program:
It is highly recommended that these be completed with a grade of 3.00 or better, due to the competitive nature of the nursing admission process. These courses must have been completed within five years of admission to the program.
- BIO 235 General Anatomy and Physiology I
- BIO 236 General Anatomy and Physiology II
General Education Requirements:
- ENG 111 English Composition I
- ENG 112 English Composition II
- COM 111 Speech or COM 170 Interpersonal Communication
- PSY 161 Introduction to Psychology
- PSY 261 Developmental Psychology
Nursing program applicants are strongly advised to attend one of the Nursing and Allied Health Program Information Sessions, which are held throughout the year. The information sessions allow students to learn admission process information, as well as nursing program expectations. Nursing program applications must be submitted by January 31 of the year of the anticipated fall entry. You can apply to the program from your student account. The application is on the Admissions tab. Login to the portal and go to My North Central and select the admissions tab. On the left side of the page is the Health Science application.
Admission to the Nursing Program
Nursing program applicants must meet admission requirements in addition to the general admission requirements of the College. Nursing students are selected in spring of each year, for a fall course begin date.
Nursing students are selected based on the following:
- An applicant must have a college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher. The GPA is calculated using the general education and science prerequisites. Applicants should be aware that traditionally, entering class grade point averages have been well above 3.00.
- Grades in the Science requirements, BIO 235 General Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 236 General Anatomy and Physiology II must be completed with a grade of 2.00 or better and no more than five years prior to admission to the nursing program.
- Scores of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Information and study materials regarding the TEAS can be found at www.atitesting.com. You will be giving information regarding testing dates for the TEAS, once we have received your application. The test dates are in the spring.
Acceptance into the Nursing Program
Acceptance letters are sent in June of each year.
Students who have been accepted into the nursing program are required to do the following:
Return Letter of Acceptance to Nursing Department by Deadline and Authorize a Background Check
Students must also authorize the nursing program to perform a background check completed by the state of Michigan. Michigan Public Health Act 27, 28 and 29 of 2006 requires that clinical agencies perform a background check on all employees, including students who participate in clinical experiences. Certain felonies and misdemeanors may exclude a student from participating in clinical experiences and thus being part of the North Central nursing program. For an interpretation of these laws, click here.
Attend a Mandatory Nursing Program Orientation
Students accepted into the nursing program must attend the mandatory Nursing Program Orientation Session. The orientation session is held during the summer. The exact date is included in the letter of acceptance. It is a one-day session in which nursing students learn about the specific expectations of the program.
Obtain Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Medical Health History
Students should be in good physical and emotional condition in order to meet the demands of the profession. Students must provide the Nursing Department with a medical history (forms provided at orientation) completed by a physician or other primary care provider.
The purpose of the required physical exam is to assess the students’ ability to meet the essential functions of the occupation of nursing. These functional abilities include, but are not limited to:
Speak clearly in order to communicate with clients, families, health care team members, peers, and faculty.
Stand and walk for six to eight hours/day.
Bend, squat, and kneel.
Assist in lifting or moving clients of all age groups and weights.
Perform CPR, i.e., move above client to compress the chest and manually ventilate client.
Work with arms fully extended overhead.
Use hands for grasping, pushing, pulling, and other fine manipulation.
Demonstrate eye/hand coordination for manipulation of equipment, i.e., syringes, procedures, etc.
Possess tactile ability to differentiate changes in sensation.
Possess auditory acuity to note slight changes in the client’s condition, i.e., lung sounds, bowel sounds, etc.
Possess auditory acuity to hear client’s calls for assistance without facing the client.
Possess auditory acuity to interpret various equipment signals and use the telephone.
Possess visual acuity to read and distinguish colors, to read handwritten orders, and other handwritten/printed data.
Possess visual acuity to clearly view electronic monitors and scales in order to correctly interpret data.
Proof of Immunization
The immunizations required are consistent with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for health care providers and serve to protect both patients and students.
Proof of Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunization or titer
Proof of Hepatitis B immunization or titer
Proof of Measles-Mumps-Rubella immunization or titer
Proof of Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Td/Tdap/P) vaccination within the last 10 years
Proof of 2-step negative TB test or negative chest x-ray in the case of a positive skin test; TB test must be repeated annually.
Influenza Vaccine repeated annually.
It is the responsibility of the student to keep all health records and immunizations up to date and provide copies to the nursing department.