Jan 17, 2018
Associate of Applied Science · Program Code: 256 · Credit Hours: 72 · Contact Hours: 106
Associate Dean: René Bieganowski
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 healthcare and physician practice.
Admission to the Nursing Program is very competitive and is based on a competitive ranking of applicants. Meeting program requirements and applying to the nursing program do not guarantee admission. Enrollment in any nursing course requires acceptance into the nursing program. Applications must be submitted by January 31 of the year prior to anticipated fall semester entry.
Upon acceptance into the program, students will be required to have a criminal background check completed by the State of Michigan. Students may be denied admission based on the results of the background check..
Questions should be directed to Admissions at (231) 348-6626 or the Nursing and Allied Health Department at (231) 348-6696. Check the North Central website www.ncmich.edu/academics/choose-a-program/health-human-services frequently for updates and changes.
Nursing Admission Requirements
Applicants must meet specific admission requirements in addition to the general admission requirements of the College. Candidates are chosen in the spring preceding each fall entry date.
Steps for Nursing Program Applicants
- Apply and complete the North Central admission process.
- Apply for admission to the Nursing Program. The application is available online at www.ncmich.edu/academics/choose-a-program/health-human-services/nursing-documents.html. The deadline is January 31 of the year prior to anticipated fall entry. You should continue to take any of the non-nursing course requirements and submit your Application for Admission to the Nursing Program in order to meet the January deadline. Admission decisions are made and communicated to applicants in May by the Associate Dean of Nursing, Allied Health and Science.
Program Advising. All new applicants who list the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (Program 256) as their program of study have the option of meeting with a nursing faculty member for program advising. If you would like to meet with a nursing advisor, please contact department secretary at (231) 348-6696 to schedule an appointment. Plan to be in regular contact with your faculty advisor as you plan your schedule.
Basis of Selection
Students are selected based on the following:
- Amount of coursework completed within the Science Requirements and the General Education Requirements on the on the Nursing Applicant Advising Sheet. The Nursing Applicant Advising Sheet may be found on the web at www.ncmich.edu/academics/choose-a-program/health-human-services/program-planning.html.
- Calculated grade point average of the General Education Requirements and the Program Requirements on the Planning Form.
- Courses repeated more than one time may negatively influence admission.
- An applicant's credentials will be reviewed only if his/her high school or college cumulative grade point average is at least 2.75. Applicants should be aware that, traditionally, entering class grade point averages have been well above 3.0.
- Grades in science courses (BIO 235 and BIO 236 ). Science courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better and no more than five years prior to admission to the nursing program.
- Scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Information about the TEAS may be found at www.atitesting.com. Announcement for dates and times for administration of the TEAS will be announced on the College web page in March and a letter will be sent from the Nursing department.
- Students should be in good physical condition to meet the demands of the program. See Nursing Handbook under "Standards and Functional Abilities."
- Attend a Nursing Program Information Session. It is strongly recommended that students interested in the nursing program attend a Nursing Program Information Session. These sessions are held every month during the academic year and give detailed information regarding admission requirements, course requirements, program expectations and estimated costs. See the college website for session dates and times at www.ncmich.edu/academics/choose-a-program/health-human-services/information-sessions.html.
These courses must be completed before admission to the program. It is strongly recommended that these be completed with a "C" grade or better due to the competitive admission process. These courses must have been completed within five years of admission to program.
General Education Requirements
These courses must be completed before admission to the program.
Students who are accepted into the program will be required to do the following:
- Have a criminal background check completed by the State of Michigan. Students may be denied admission based on the results of the background check;
- Provide a medical history form available from the Nursing and Allied Health Department and completed by a physician. Students should be in good physical condition to meet the demands of the program and the profession as outlined in the Nursing Handbook under "Standards and Functional Abilities." Abilities include lifting at least 35 pounds, standing for up to two hours at a time, walking quickly in crowded spaces, climbing 50 stairs and pushing 100 pounds;
- Provide annual proof of a negative tuberculin test or negative chest x-ray in case of positive skin test;
- Keep all required immunizations up to date including Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella and Tetanus;
- Provide proof of current health insurance;
- Provide proof current Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Professional Rescuer;
- Adhere to the Nursing Code of Conduct;
- Attend a mandatory orientation program prior to the fall semester;
- Provide annual proof of an influenza vaccine.
NOTE: The nursing program is very demanding. It is strongly recommended that nursing students limit their outside employment to no more than 20 hours per week.
General Education Requirements: 23 Credit Hours
Suggested Sequence for Full-Time Students:
Nursing Program Requirements: 49 Credit Hours
Suggested Sequence for Full-Time Students: