Welcome to the North Central Michigan College Health Services program page. North Central Michigan College is the home to exceptional Nursing and Allied Health programs. These two programs are instructed simultaneously.
Nursing is a rewarding career full of advancement opportunities, and North Central's nursing degrees are exceptional.
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Allied health program students will work alongside their nursing and physician colleagues. They are "allied" in providing a wide range of quality care to each of their patients.
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The six most notable facets of PROFESSIONAL NURSING:
- Cultivating a meaningful relationship that facilitates health and healing,
- Attention to the range of human experiences and responses to health and illness within both physical and social environments,
- Integration of objective data with knowledge gained from an appreciation of the nurse's patient or group's individual experience(s),
- Application of scientific knowledge to the processes of diagnosis and treatment through the use of judgment and critical thinking,
- Advancement of professional nursing knowledge through scholarly inquiry, and
- Influence on social and public policy to promote social justice.
The nursing profession is the largest sector of the health care industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a large number of graduates are still interested in nursing as a career. Nurses continue to find positions in acute care, long term care, and home health. As the baby boomers retire, the demand for registered nurses will increase steadily. Advanced practice nurses, those with a master's degree or higher, and nurse practitioners, in particular, will be in high demand throughout Michigan and the U.S. In addition, the average annual income for nurses is approximately $66,000.
The associate of applied science in nursing program at North Central Michigan College is a 72 credit hour program of study which prepares graduates to be licensed as a registered nurse. It is a challenging academic program in which students will be able to integrate caring behaviors, critical thinking and evidence-based practice into the care of patients in a variety of clinical settings.