Nursing Frequently Asked Questions
A. For many people, a career in nursing is a calling. They want to pursue a career that is concerned with care giving and compassion. For others, nursing is a fast paced and stimulating career that requires the ability to think critically and utilize evidence-based practice. In reality, it is a combination of a caring heart and a keen mind.
A. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook for jobs in nursing remains positive. Nurses continue to find positions in acute care, long term care and home health. As the baby boomers retire, a greater need for registered nurses is anticipated. Advanced practices nurses, those with a master’s degree or higher, especially nurse practitioners will be in high demand throughout Michigan and the US.
A. The prerequisites to the nursing program are BIO 235 General Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 236 General Anatomy and Physiology II, ENG 111 Composition I, AH 231 Health System Concepts, PSY 161 Introduction to Psychology, PSY 261 Developmental Psychology, either COM 111 Speech or COM 170 Interpersonal Communication.
The prerequisites can be in progress when you apply to the nursing program; however, they must be completed by the end of the winter semester prior to the start of the program in the fall.
Science courses must be taken within five years of entry into the nursing program and you must have a grade of “C” or better.
A. Anytime, from the Admissions tab on your North Central student account. For a fall entry, you can apply anytime until March 1. Go to the Admissions tab on your student account and select Health Sciences application.
A. No, there is no wait list. Applicants who are not admitted to the nursing program must apply for the following year.
A. Yes, each year that you apply for the nursing program, you must complete a new application form.
A. Sixty-four students are accepted into the nursing program each year.
A. Admission into the nursing program is based on a ranked competitive process. Applicants apply to the program and are ranked by score based on GPA (Grade Point Average) of the prerequisites and TEAS score.
The TEAS test is the Test of Essential Academic Skills and is a standardized test that many nursing programs throughout the country use as one part of the admission process. The TEAS test gives us information as to how successful potential students may be in the nursing program. It takes approximately 4 hours to complete and is administered in Learning Support Services in the Student Center. The cost is approximately $65 USD.
Once students are ranked, the top 64 students are accepted into the program. Letters of acceptance are mailed out in mid-June.
A.Individuals may contact Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) or by calling toll free at (800) 667-7531 for information on how to obtain review materials. By logging onto ATI’s website, students can purchase various study materials from their online store. Our school library has two study guides on loan that can be checked out of the library.
A. Once you’ve received your letter of acceptance, you will need to either accept or decline your space in the nursing program. In addition, we have a mandatory nursing program orientation day where we review the expectations of the nursing program in detail. We also give you information about what equipment and uniforms you will need to purchase prior to the start of the fall semester. You will receive forms for your primary care provider to perform a physical examination and a list of information on required immunizations.
A. All clinical agencies require that we perform a criminal background check on our prospective nursing students because they will be working with vulnerable populations. If you’ve had a serious misdemeanor or felony conviction, you may not be eligible to be in a clinical facility or take the Registered Nurse licensure exam for a defined period of time. If you have questions or concerns, please refer to the Michigan Long Term Care Partners Legal Guide or arrange a meeting to speak with the Associate Dean of Nursing for more information.
A. In addition to navy blue scrubs and proper shoes, you will also need to purchase a name tag, stethoscope, watch with a sweep second hand, and a nursing kit with bandage scissors, flashlight and goggles. You must also have a tablet or smart phone with 8GB of memory and Skyscape software for the first day of classes.
A. Over the course of the four semesters of the nursing program, the number of days of the week range from three days a week to five days a week. Clinical experiences are a variety of days and hours. The length of a clinical shift may vary from four hours to 12 hours depending on the rotation. Clinical experiences may also include weekends.
A. The average number of contact hours per semester is 15 to 18. In addition to the time spent in theory and clinical courses, it is strongly recommended that students spend an additional 2 hours per contact hour each week reading, studying, researching and practicing clinical skills in order to safely care for patients. This would add up to another 30 to 36 hours in addition to the clinical and class time, so you could compare the effort invested into the nursing program to be equivalent to that needed to maintain a full-time job.
We recommend that students do not work while enrolled in the program. However, if students absolutely must work they should plan on working no more than 12 hours a week.
A. North Central is fortunate to have clinical agreements in a variety of settings which allow students to see the full range of nursing experiences. Clinical sites are not only in Petoskey but at various agencies in Charlevoix, Cheboygan, East Jordan, Gaylord, Harbor Springs, Mancelona and Traverse City. As a result, students are expected to have dependable transportation at all times.