Though there is an acute demand for Bachelor of Science (BSN) nurses, enrollment in the Associate Degree Nursing program still outpaces enrollment in the BSN due to time and affordability of the two-year degree. Employers are hiring more nurses at the BSN and graduate levels to meet the complexity of care required in acute care and primary care settings. BSN prepared nurses have advanced training in health promotion, leadership, case management, and disease prevention and can serve in specialty care areas such as labor and delivery, emergency care, neonatal nursing, mental health and psychiatry, critical care, and the operating room. To help ADN graduates prepare to manage the complex requirements of the current health care environment, schools offering the ADN degree have established articulation agreements that will support ease of the transition into a BSN degree program.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing (RN) job will grow faster than the average for all occupations. The RN workforce is expected to add 438,100 new nurses from 2016 to 2026 – a growth rate of 15%.
Wayne County Community College District
The Nursing Program at WCCCD seeks to promote excellence in the nursing community. The curriculum combines general education and nursing courses in the classroom with clinical rotations in various health care facilities. Experienced nursing faculty will supervise students as they care for culturally diverse patients in acute and long-term care facilities. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX for Registered Nurses. They are encouraged to transition to a 4-year university to complete the bachelor’s degree in nursing through available partnerships. The program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.
Semester credits: 75
Duration: 3 years
Prerequisite courses – English I, Introduction to Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Microbiology, Introductory Psychology
Core Courses – Nursing Foundations, Physical Assessment, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Pharmacology, Introduction to Nutrition, Obstetric Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Introduction to Sociology, Psychiatric Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing III, Pediatric Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing IV, Nursing Issues, Transitions and Leadership
- Meet with an Advisor to discuss the program application criteria and review transcripts before submitting an application
- Attend an Information Meeting and obtain an Information Meeting Verification Form
- Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at WCCCD before submitting an application
- Submit signed and dated reference letters – one job reference (if employed) and one personal reference
- Take and submit HESI A2 entrance exam scores – costs $40 to register
- Provide validation of current healthcare license or certification that is granted by the State of Michigan
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or better
- Submit a typed essay (500 to 1000 words) based on the topic “How I plan to be successful in completing the Nursing Program.” Sign and date the essay.
- Have a high school diploma, high school transcript or GED certificate
- Complete and sign the Nursing Program Application
- Complete the student health profile/physical examination
- Complete a 13 item drug screen
- Have Basic Life Support (CPR) Certification
- Pass a criminal background check – must be completed at students’ expense and ordered through CertifiedBackground.com
Tuition and fees cost $1,452 per semester for in-district students. Additional expenses include textbooks, uniform, NAT test, immunization, CPR certification, health exam, drug screen, and criminal background check. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.
Address: 801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 943-4000
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: N/A
Henry Ford College
The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Henry Ford College prepares adults for employment as entry-level registered nurses in acute and long-term care. The program is one of the first established in Michigan and has received awards and grants for the design on the curriculum, collaborative partnerships, and creativity. Students will learn how to use evidenced-based practice in the delivery of care, communicate effectively, care for culturally diverse patients, use the nursing process and standards of care in health promotion, collaborate as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team, and advocate on patients’ behalf. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX for Registered Nurses and practice full-time.
Semester credits: 65
Duration: 24 months
Prerequisite Courses – Anatomy and Physiology I, Introduction to College Writing, Introductory Psychology, College Algebra, Introduction to Statistics, or Calculus I, Computers in Health
Core Courses – Beginning Health and Physical Assessment, Pharmacology for Nursing Practice I, Medical-Surgical Nursing I, Pharmacology for Nursing Practice II, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Pharmacology for Nursing Practice III, Medical Surgical Nursing III, Pharmacology for Nursing Practice IV, Pediatric Nursing, Women’s Health and Maternity Care, Medical Surgical Nursing IV, Professional Transitions, Anatomy and Physiology II
- Be 16 years or older at the start of the nursing program
- Be admitted to Henry Ford College
- Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.70 in the prerequisite courses
- Submit a completed application to the nursing program. A completed application must include all the required documents submitted by the stated deadline
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or higher
- Take and pass the Nursing Admission Test with scores – Math 80%, Reading composite proficiency – 80%, Grammar proficiency – 80%, Vocabulary proficiency – 80%
- Meet the minimum requirements for final acceptance – current health insurance, physical exam, immunizations, titers indicating immunity for specific conditions, negative TB test, criminal background clearance, pass a drug screen on the first test, current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Professionals certification
Tuition costs $99 to $200 per credit hour for in-district students based on the level of the course. Fees include registration, infrastructure fee, service fee per credit hour, technology investment fee, and student activity fee. Additional expenses include textbooks, uniform, NAT test, immunization, CPR certification, health exam, drug screen, and criminal background check.
Address: 5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI 48128
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: N/A
Students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Delta College will learn how to function effectively as a member of the health care team. Applicants must be dedicated to succeed in the comprehensive program, critical thinkers, and a team player. Experienced instructors will emphasize the development of sound technical knowledge and skills. The curriculum will build on the nurse aide knowledge and skills covered in CNA programs, so students will be prepared to provide safe and competent care during the clinical rotations. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and for work in acute care hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, home health care, hospice centers, and long-term care facilities. Applications must be submitted by May 15 for Fall admissions and September 15 for Spring admissions.
Semester credits: 63
Duration: 24 months
Courses – Human Anatomy and Physiology I, College Composition I, The Science of Nutrition and Exercise, Math for Allied Health, Health Care Ethics, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, General Microbiology, College Composition II, Pharmacology for Health Care Professionals, American Politics, Introduction to Psychology, Principles of Sociology, Nursing Fundamentals, Nursing Fundamentals Lab, Care of the Aging Adult, Care of the Aging Adult Lab, Maternity Nursing, Maternity Nursing Lab, Pediatric Nursing, Pediatric Nursing Lab, Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Nursing Lab, Basic Nursing Care of the Adult Client, Basic Nursing Care of the Adult Client Lab, Nursing Care and Management Throughout the Health Continuum, Nursing Care and Management Throughout the Health Continuum Lab
- Be 17 years or older at the start of the nursing program
- Complete the prerequisite courses before applying for validation
- Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Submit a completed application by the indicated deadline
- Attend an orientation for information on the academic program
- Take and pass an admission assessment
- Pass a criminal history check
- Obtain TB clearance
- Have current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Professionals certification
The estimated cost of tuition for in-district students is $3,920 – based on 30 credit hours. Additional expenses include textbooks, uniform, NAT test, immunization, CPR certification, health exam, drug screen, and criminal background check.
Address: 1961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 94%
Oakland Community College
Students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Oakland Community College will learn nursing to save lives. The curriculum will include foundational courses in nursing and clinical experiences in various health care facilities. Through articulation agreements with several universities, graduates will have ease of transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree in an efficient and affordable manner. Graduates must apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN to begin practicing as a Registered Nurse. Persons interested in the ADN program must attend a mandatory information session. The session lasts two hours, and attendance for those who arrive on time and stay for the entire session will be recorded. The school offers a TPN track for Licensed Practical Nurses to transition into the program.
Semester credits: 66.5
Duration: 2 years
Courses – Pharmacology for Nurses, Foundations of Nursing, Clinical Skills, Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills I, Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills, Nursing of the Childbearing Family, Nursing of Adults – Mental Health and Maladaptive Behavior, Nursing of Adults I, Nursing of Children and Families, Nursing of Adults II, Nursing of Adults III, Transition to the Graduate Nurse Role, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Composition I, Introduction to Psychology, Microbiology of Health and Disease, Professional Communication
- Meet with a Counselor at the Highland Lakes campus to select the general education and supportive courses. The courses must be completed with a grade B or better
- Attend a mandatory Nursing Information Session
- Take and pass the HESI-A2 exam
- Obtain written approval of any course substitutions
- Update the OCC record through Enrollment Services – designate the nursing program curriculum
- Submit evidence of completing high school or GED
- Transfer students must submit transcripts of any college-level courses completed for evaluation
- LPN applicants must provide evidence of licensure as a Practical Nurse in Michigan and a completed LPN Employment form indicated at least 1500 hours work experience
- Complete a criminal background check. A felony or misdemeanor committed within 15 and 10 years preceding the criminal history check will preclude eligibility for admission
- Complete a negative urine drug screen
- Submit a current health history and physical exam prior to the start of the first clinical course
- Annual TB clearance – must submit a negative TB skin test or negative TB blood test
- Immunization documents for MMR, Varicella, Tdap, Hepatitis B, and Influenza
- Health insurance is recommended
Nursing students will pay approximately $6,690 for tuition and fees – in-district. Out-of-district tuition and fees will cost $12,487. Other costs include books, background check, immunizations, uniforms, and prerequisite and general education courses. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.
Address: 7350 Cooley Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48327
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 90.6%
Macomb Community College
The Associate of Applied Science Nursing program at Macomb Community College is selective admission. Theory and clinical instruction prepare students for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Students will learn evidence-based practice, critical thinking in the nursing process, professionalism in practice, effective communication with patients, families, and the interdisciplinary health care team, quality improvement strategies, and the use of technology in planning and proving nursing care. They must obtain a minimum grade C or Pass for the core and general education courses. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. Graduates may use the transfer pathway provided to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Semester credits: 67
Duration: 2 years
Prerequisite courses – Introduction to the Profession of Nursing, Human Physiology and Anatomy, General Biology I, General Microbiology, Pathogenic Microbiology, Fundamentals of Nutrition, Introductory Psychology
Core courses – Health Assessment in Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, Introduction to Clinical Nursing Skills, Health Assessment Skills in Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 2A, Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 2B, Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice, Introduction to Adult Medical Surgical Nursing A, Introduction to Adult Medical Surgical Nursing B, Introduction to Adult Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing A, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing B, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical, Childbearing Family Nursing, Complications of Childbearing Nursing, Childbearing Family Nursing Clinical, Intermediate Adult Medical Surgical Nursing A, Intermediate Adult Medical Surgical Nursing B, Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical, Comparative Religions, Introduction to Ethics, Childhood Nursing A, Childhood Nursing B, Childhood and Family Nursing Clinical, Transition to Professional Nursing, Advanced Adult Medical Surgical Nursing, Integration of Nursing Practice Clinical
- Attend a Nursing Selective Admission Seminar
- Apply for admission to Macomb College and complete all admission steps
- Submit a completed Nursing application
- Arrange for official college transcripts to be sent directly from each institution to the Records and Registration Office
- Complete the prerequisite courses by the end of the Fall term before the application deadline in February. Courses must be completed with a grade C or better
- Take and pass the HESI assessment exam – $80 fee required
- Successfully ranked candidates must attend a mandatory orientation
- Submit a $100 non-refundable fee to confirm acceptance to the program
- Pass a criminal background check. Candidates must disclose any federal, state or local crimes for which there is a conviction
Tuition costs $102 per credit for Macomb residents and $190 per credit for in-district students. Additional expenses include health history and physical exam, TB testing, textbooks, uniforms, lab supplies, hospitalization insurance, criminal background check, drug screen, and state licensure exam.
Address: 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 93%
Mott Community College
Students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Mott Community College will first learn from the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences in preparation for the core nursing courses. They will learn the skills to care for a diverse patient population and the promotion of health. The curriculum will emphasize a patient-centered approach in caring for patients across the lifespan, use of evidence-based practice, critical thinking, creativity, and innovation and use of sound communication skills. Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Nursing and will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN to lead, manage, and coordinate care in various health care facilities. Licensure through the State Board of Nursing is required before practicing as a Registered Nurse.
Semester credits: 70-72.5
Duration: 3 years
Prerequisite courses – Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab, English Composition I, Intermediate Algebra
Core courses – Human Anatomy and Physiology II, Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, Dosage and Solutions Calculations, Nutrition for Health, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, General Psychology, Basic Health Assessment and Physical Examination, Basic Health Assessment and Physical Examination Lab, Foundations of Patient Care, Foundations of Patient Care Lab, Foundations of Patient Care Med Lab, Foundations of Patient Care – Clinical, Basic Care of the Adult Patient A, Basic Care of the Adult Patient A Lab, Basic Care of the Adult Patient Clinical, Basic Care of the Adult Patient B, Basic Care of the Adult Patient B Lab, Basic Care of the Adult Patient Clinical, Microbiology for Health Sciences, Microbiology Lab, Care of the Childbearing Family, Care of the Childbearing Family Clinical, Care of the Pediatric Patient, Care of the Pediatric Patient Clinical, Care of Mental Health/Behavioral Health Patient, Mental Health/Behavior Health Patient Clinical, English Composition II, Intermediate Care of the Adult Patient, Intermediate Care of the Adult Patient Clinical, Advanced Care of the Adult Patient, Advanced Care of the Adult Patient Clinical, Advanced Care of the Adult Patient Lab
- Meet the requirements for admission to Mott Community College
- Submit an application and required documents to the Nursing Department
- Complete all eligibility courses prior to the application deadline
- Demonstrate completion of high school or GED
- Demonstrate college-level reading comprehension and math based on ACCUPLACER scores completed in the last five years
- Complete prerequisite courses with a grade of 3.0 or higher – Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and English Composition
- Complete the following courses with a grade of 2.0 or higher – Nutrition for Health, Dosages and Solutions, Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Submit a copy of ATI TEAS results
- Request official transcript of all transfer coursework to be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office for equivalent
- Provide documentation of a criminal background check report – completed in the last 12 months in CastleBranch system
- Submit documentation of physical exam, immunization, and TB test
- Submit documentation of Basic Life Support certification for health care providers or health professionals from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
The estimated cost for in-district students is $22,322.32 based on full-time enrollment for in-district students. Students must complete the criminal background check and health requirements at their own expense. Other costs include BLS, textbooks, and uniforms.
Address: 1401 E. Court Street, Flint, Michigan 48503
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 94.97%