The Muskegon Community College Nursing Program offers a career ladder nursing curriculum with three educational tracks. Students who choose to exit from the Program after completion of the first four terms of the curriculum will receive a Practical Nurse Diploma and will be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Students who choose to exit from the Program after completion of the first six terms of the curriculum will receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree. The AAS Degree is primarily an occupationally oriented degree. Students who choose to exit from the Program after completion of all seven terms of the curriculum will receive an Associate in Science and Arts (ASA) Degree. The ASA Degree is primarily a transfer degree which enables students to transfer to baccalaureate degree granting institutions with advanced standing. Students who receive the AAS or ASA Degree will be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). The curriculum in each of the educational tracks includes courses in the natural, behavioral and social sciences, and nursing. The nursing courses provide for concurrent theory presentation and clinical practice. Clinical practice takes place in community hospitals and other selected health care settings. Licensed Practical Nurses and other individuals with prior nursing education are afforded the opportunity to enter into the curriculum with advanced placement. Students seeking an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) who have previously obtained LPN or LVN licensure must possess an unencumbered Michigan license and evidence of a minimum of 6 months full-time (or equivalent) current work experience in the LPN role.
Muskegon Community College Nursing Program is a ladder Associate Degree Nursing Program providing the foundation for a lifelong nursing education. The Muskegon Community College Nursing Program is committed to partnerships with local community healthcare agencies and university partners to meet intellectual , technical, and professional needs of a 21st century nursing workforce. The Muskegon Community College Nursing Program is committed to supporting student success, encouraging diversity, and stimulating intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, evidenced based practice, and the professional ethics and accountability necessary for persons to function as professional nurses. (R 3/2009)
NURSING PROGRAM APPROVAL
The Muskegon Community College Nursing Program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing to provide a program of nursing education leading to the diploma in Practical Nursing and an Associate Degree in Nursing.
The Nursing Program meets bi-annually with its Advisory Committee; a group of representatives from the Clinical Affiliate Agencies, Nursing at Large, Consumer Representatives, and Student Representatives. The Director of the Nursing Program and the Vice President for Academic Affairs are ex-officio members of the Advisory Committee.
Muskegon Community College is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL, 60602-2504, (800)621-7440. www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org
The Muskegon Community College Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone: (404)975-5000, fax: (404)975-5020. http://acenursing.org/
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