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Nursing: Licensed Practical Certificate (Practical Nursing Program)

Nursing courses are open only to students who are officially admitted to the nursing career ladder curriculum.

The practical nursing program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This program provides basic nursing theory and clinical practice in caring for adults, children, and families to prepare graduates for
entry-level positions in long-term care facilities, medical offices, hospitals, home health and other community settings.

Students who satisfactorily complete the practical nursing program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) as a step in obtaining licensure as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Students who wish to pursue this option must successfully complete the Advanced Concepts in Practical Nursing course at the end of the first academic year along with the other first year courses within the associate degree of nursing program.

The nursing program has pre-admission and admission requirements that are reviewed annually. It is essential to contact the Admissions and Welcome Center for a copy of the current program requirements.

Courses must be taken in sequence. A minimum grade of 80% in each nursing course is required for progression to the next course. Academic courses other than nursing must be finished by the completion of the nursing courses. Computer lab use and testing is required in this program. See Computer Use policy 3110 at for more information. Students must furnish and maintain uniforms and supplies as required by the department and clinical facilities.

This program is offered at the Livonia Campus.

Students selecting the practical nursing program option at the end of the first year of the ADN program sequence may then complete the registered nursing (ADN) program without further application or admission requirements. Students are admitted once a year with the registered nursing (ADN) students, at the beginning of the fall semester.

All courses are not offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion.

2016 Practical Nursing (PN) Graduate 
NCLEX-PN, Program Completion, and Job Placement Rates

Graduates from the 2016 licensed practical nursing (PN) certificate program achieved a 100% pass rate on their first attempt on the NCLEX-PN exam compared to a 83.73% national average pass rate. The LPN program completion rate was 100% and the job placement rate was 100% for those who were seeking employment as an LPN within 12 months after graduation.

This program requires a special admissions process. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426 or to complete an application.

Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00017
Download the Curriculum Guide (PDF)

See Gainful Employment for more information about our graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information.

Sample Plan

Admission Prerequisites and Supportive Courses*

Total Credits: 13

First Year - Fall Semester

Total Credits: 11.5****

First Year - Winter Semester

Total Credits: 12

First Year - Spring Session

Total Credits: 5****

First Year - Summer Session

Total Credits: 3****

Program Total: 44.5 Credits

*COLLS 130 Applied Learning Theory for Nursing Majors is a suggested elective for pre-nursing students to develop study skills and success strategies. PSYCH 201 Introduction to Psychology is a supportive course not a prerequisite course and may be taken later as long as it is completed by the end of the first academic year.

**Students may also take the BIOL 237-238 Anatomy and Physiology sequence which may be preferred for BSN programs.

***Or equivalent or higher math course.

****Students should work with an advisor/counselor if more credits are needed per semester to qualify for financial aid.

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