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Nursing Program Planning

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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 physician practice. We pride ourselves on being one of the best nursing schools in the region.

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 does not guarantee admission.

Effective May 13, 2021, the Associates of Applied Science of Nursing program of North Central Michigan College at the main campus located in Petoskey, Michigan is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on May 31, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at


Science Requirements:  

Nursing requires a great understanding of science as a whole and how it works within the human body. It is highly recommended that these nursing course requirements be completed with a grade of 3.00 or better, due to the competitive nature of the nursing admission process. The following 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: 

Understanding of science is only part of what makes for a great nursing program candidate and a great nurse—a well-rounded knowledge of health systems, communication, psychology, and written communication are all extremely beneficial in the nursing industry.

  • AH 231 Health Systems Concepts
  • ENG 111 English Composition I
  • COM 111 Speech or COM 170 Interpersonal Communication
  • PSY 161 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 261 Developmental Psychology

Nursing program applications must be submitted by March 1 of the year of the anticipated fall entry. You can apply to the program from your North Central student account. The application is on the Admissions tab. Login to the NCMC 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 North Central's Nursing Program

Nursing program applicants must meet specific nursing-related admission requirements in addition to the general admission requirements of the College. Nursing students are selected in the spring of each academic year, for a fall course start date.

Nursing students are selected based on the following criteria:

  • 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 You will be giving information regarding testing dates for the TEAS, once we have received your application. The test dates are in the spring and can be taken at many institutions in the state of Michigan.


Acceptance into the Nursing Program

Acceptance letters are sent in mid-June of each year.


Students 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)

Students accepted into the program must also obtain CPR certification. This can be completed a number of ways, including:

  • Completing North Central EMS 100 CPR and First Aid class ( 1 credit)

  • Completing the American Heart Association for the Healthcare Provider

  • Completing the American Red Cross Adult and Child Professional Rescuer (Adult and Child Certifications).

CPR certification must be obtained by the first day of any clinical experience and valid through the last day of the semester.


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 the client to compress the chest and manually ventilate the 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 the 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 exist 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 Vaccines 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.