Nursing Program Planning
North Central offers the Associate of Applied Science in nursing degree for students who upon completion of the program will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. A nursing degree provides diverse opportunities for challenging jobs and advancement. Registered Nurses with an Associate of Applied Science degree are eligible to work in a variety of settings including a hospital, extended care facility, home health care and physician practice.
Nursing is an academically challenging program of study. Admission to the program is based on a competitive ranking of applicants. The minimum grade point average to apply to the nursing program is 2.75 with a minimum of a 2.0 in all science courses. In addition, students must have all program requirements met by the end of the winter semester of the year they want to enroll. Meeting the minimum requirements and applying to the nursing program do not guarantee admission.
The following courses must be completed before admission to the nursing program:
Science Requirements: It is strongly recommended that these be completed with a grade of 3.00 or better due to the competitive admission process. In addition, 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
Applicants to the nursing program are strongly advised to attend one of the Nursing and Allied Health Program Information Sessions which are held periodically throughout the year. The information sessions allow students to gain information regarding the admission process, as well as what to expect while in the nursing program. Applications to the nursing program 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
Applicants must meet specific admission requirements in addition to the general admission requirements of the College. Nursing students are chosen in the spring of each year for a fall entry 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
Letters of acceptance are sent out 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 in to 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 lifting or moving clients of all age groups and weights.
- Perform CPR, i.e., move above client to compress 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 titre
- Proof of Hepatitis B immunization or titre
- Proof of Measles-Mumps-Rubella immunization or titre
- 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.