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GENERAL INFO AND ACCREDITATION

LCC’s Career Ladder Nursing program is highly regarded in the community and has been nationally accredited for over 45 years. Students who complete the program earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Nursing, RN and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN). Those who pass the NCLEX are certified to practice as an Registered Nurse (RN).

The RN program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing, and has been continuously accredited since 1971 by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
www.acenursing.org
info@acenursing.org

LCC’s Nursing program is selective admission. In order to be considered as a candidate, students must meet admission requirements beyond those required for general admission to the college. There is no wait-list to enter the program; instead, acceptance is based on a point system. For more information on the Selective Admissions process, click here

Student Achievement Data

Students completing the program Fall 2015-Spring 2016: 80.85%
2015-2016 Graduates replying to our survey that were employed
in less than 3 months: 91.89%
 
First time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX):

  2014 2015 1/1 to 6/30 2016
National 79.26% 82% 82.8%
LCC 77.3% 85.96% 91.24%

 

PROGRAM TRACKS AND LENGTH

The Career Ladder Nursing Program offers 3 tracks to achieve the Registered Nurse (ADN) Associate in Applied Science Degree (Curriculum Code 0222). 2-Year and 2nd Degree Track students have the option of completing the Practical Nurse (PN) Certificate of Achievement (Curriculum Code 0235) before moving on to complete their RN.

Classes in all tracks meet face-to-face. The 2nd Degree and Advanced Standing options consist of hybrid courses which are a combination of face-to-face and on-line.

The 2-Year Traditional Track offers classes and clinical sessions meeting mornings, afternoons, and/or evenings (generally weekdays) during the fall and spring semesters. This track is designed so that the student has class 4-5 days/week and once admitted can complete the program in two years (4 semesters). This track accepts up to 128 students. 64 students will have a fall semester start and 64 students will have a spring semester start. Placement into fall or spring cohorts is random. See the current Advising Guide for application deadlines.
 
The 2nd Degree Track is designed for individuals who possess a Bachelor’s or higher degree in any major. Classes and clinical sessions meet mornings, afternoons, and/or evenings (weekdays or weekends). Once admitted the program is 16 months long. There are 32 seats available each year. See the current Advising Guide for application deadlines.

*International degrees must be determined as equivalent to a US Bachelor’s degree by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. More information is available at www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/international/.

The Advanced Standing Track is designed for practical nurses (LPNs), respiratory therapists, and paramedics who possess a current license. Applicants must also have worked a minimum of 2,080 hours during the 24 months prior to the application deadline as an LPN, Paramedic, or Respiratory Therapist. 2,080 hours is equivalent to 1-year of full-time work or 2 years of part-time work. Classes and clinical sessions meet mornings, afternoons, and/or evenings (weekdays or weekends) for 16 months. This track accepts up to 32 students each year. See the current Advising Guide for application deadlines.

LPN OPTION (Certificate of Achievement)

Students admitted in the 2-Year and 2nd Degree tracks will complete LPN coursework during the first year of the program. The Practical Nurse (PN) program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing (since November 1970). This coursework provides the basis for an in-depth study of the theory and nursing care of adults, children and families. Clinical experiences include extended care facilities, hospitals, and community agencies where students provide nursing care to geriatric, medical, surgical, maternity, and pediatric patients.

Those who successfully complete the PN program will earn an LCC Certificate of Achievement – Nursing, LPN and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Those who pass the examination are entitled to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

After completion of the PN program, students automatically continue on to the RN program.

PROGRAM CONTENT

The courses within LCC’s Nursing program provide the basis for an in-depth study of the theory and nursing care of children, adults, and families. Student learning experiences progress from simple to complex and use critical thinking skills in applying the nursing process to the care of patients. Practical and professional healthcare skills are developed in a safe and supportive environment using lectures, Skills Labs, SimLabs, and clinical experience.

Skills Labs provide students the environment to learn clinical nursing skills before entering professional facilities. Labs consist of full sized mannequins, fully functional hospital beds & headwall units, IV poles & pumps, wheelchairs, and a variety of other tools and supplies. Students practice what they have learned using mannequins and community volunteers.

Simulation Labs (SimLab) provide real-world experience in a safe, risk-free, and supportive learning environment. The system features comprehensive clinical scenarios allowing students to care for patients experiencing a variety of medical conditions and of differing religions and sex. LCC has one of the only accredited Simulation Labs in the state. The lab is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Clinical experiences include hospitals, home health care agencies, rehabilitation units, and community health organizations where students provide nursing care to mental health, medical, surgical, maternity, and pediatric patients. For increased learning potential, LCC offers small clinical groups of 8 students to every faculty member.

Students can have up to 143 hours of clinical experience per a semester and will experience up to 500 hours throughout the entirety of the program. Clinical rotations are offered in a 100 mile radius of LCC’s Downtown Lansing campus.

Students provide nursing care to geriatric, medical, surgical, maternity, mental health, and pediatric patients at a variety of sites. Clinical experience includes Hospitals, Extended Care Facilities and Community Agencies. Sites can include Sparrow, McLaren, Owosso Memorial, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and many long-term care/sub-acute rehabilitation facilities in our area.

 

WHY BE A NURSE? (Career Facts, Nature of Work and Skills Needed)

Registered Nurse (RN)

Employment Prospects

Registered Nursing (RN) is the fastest-growing occupation in America. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for RNs is expected to increase 19% by 2022. It is among the top 10 occupations projected to have the largest numbers of new jobs. (2)

This is due in part to the thousands of experienced nurses expected to leave the occupation for retirement. In 2014, there were 90,340 RNs employed in Michigan. In a 2014 study, the Michigan Center for Nursing, reported about 39.3% of active RNs are age 55 or older, and more than 7% are older than 65. Survey results from that study showed 41% of the respondents plan to retire within the next 10 years, while 21% plan to retire in the next five years. (1, 3)

Michigan’s average hourly wage was $32.54 in 2015, and that number is predicted to rise. The average yearly income was $67,690. In 2014 and 2015, Ann Arbor was among the top 10 Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of nursing jobs. (1, 2)

Median annual wages of RNs nationally were $67,490 in 2015. Hourly wages ranged between $22.29 and $48.86. Nearly 3 million nurses were employed in the United Stated in 2015. (2)

1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics- 2014 Michigan Registered Nurses
2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics- 2014 National Registered Nurses
3. Michigan Nursing Workforce Shrinking As Pace of Retirements Picks Up

Nature of Work

Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities. When providing direct patient care, they observe, assess, record and report symptoms, reactions, and progress; perform treatments and examinations; start IVs; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. RNs also develop and manage patient plans of care; instruct patients and their families in proper care; and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.

Hospital nurses form the largest group of nurses. Most are staff nurses, who provide bedside nursing care and carry out medical regimens. They also may supervise licensed practical nurses and nursing aides. Hospital nurses usually are assigned to one area, such as surgery, maternity, pediatrics, orthopedics, emergency, mental health, intensive care, or treatment of cancer patients. Some may rotate among departments. Office nurses care for outpatients in physicians' offices, clinics, surgical centers, and emergency medical centers. They prepare patients for and assist with examinations, administer injections and medications, dress wounds and incisions, assist with minor surgery, and maintain records. Some also perform routine laboratory and office work.

Nursing home nurses manage nursing care for residents with conditions ranging from a fracture to Alzheimer's disease. Although they often spend much of their time on administrative and supervisory tasks, RNs also assess residents' health condition, develop treatment plans, supervise licensed practical nurses and nursing aides, and perform procedures such as starting intravenous fluids.

Home health nurses provide periodic services to patients at home. After assessing patients' home environments, they care for and instruct patients and their families. Home health nurses care for a broad range of patients, such as those recovering from illnesses and accidents, cancer, and childbirth. They must be able to work independently, and may supervise home health aides. Other nurses work in public health, occupational health, industrial settings, research and academia.

Skills You Need

One must possess scientific knowledge, interpersonal skills, and a high energy level to succeed in nursing. The ability to communicate and interact effectively with people is essential. Nursing also requires manual dexterity to deal with the technical demands in the profession. Managerial and critical thinking skills are vital for effective organization and clinical reasoning.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNS)

Employment Prospects

Job prospects for LPNs are expected to remain very good, as employment in health care grows much faster than it has in the past. Because of this growth, the number of new graduates needed will be well above the number graduated in recent years. Nursing homes will offer the most new jobs for LPNs.

Michigan’s average hourly wage for an LPN was $21.95 in 2015. The average yearly income was $45,530. There were 14,490 LPNs employed in Michigan in 2015.

Median annual wages of LPNs nationally were $43,170 in 2015. Hourly wages ranged between $15.40 and 28.61. Nearly 700,000 LPNs were employed in the United Stated in 2015. (2)

1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics- 2014 Michigan Licensed Practical Nurses
2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics- 2014 National Licensed Practical Nurses
3. Michigan Center for Nursing – Survey of Nurses 2013

Nature of Work

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), care for the sick, injured, convalescing, and handicapped, under the direction of registered nurses or physicians. (The work of registered nurses is described below.)

Most LPNs provide basic bedside care. They take vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. They also prepare and give injections, apply dressings, and insert catheters. LPNs observe patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments. They may collect samples from patients for testing and perform routine laboratory tests. They help patients with bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene, feed them and record food and liquid intake and output, provide comfort measures, and care for their emotional needs. In states where the law allows, they may administer prescribed medicines or start intravenous fluids. Some LPNs help deliver, care for, and feed infants. Some experienced LPNs supervise nursing assistants and aides.

LPNs in nursing homes, in addition to providing routine bedside care, may also help evaluate residents' needs, develop care plans, and supervise nursing aides. In doctors' offices and clinics, including health maintenance organizations, they may also make appointments, keep records, and perform other clerical duties. LPNs who work in home health may also prepare meals and teach family members simple nursing tasks.

Skills You Need

LPNs should have a caring, sympathetic nature. They should be emotionally stable because work with the sick and injured can be stressful. As part of a health care team, they must be able to follow orders and work under close supervision. One must possess scientific knowledge, interpersonal skills, and a high energy level to succeed in nursing. The ability to communicate and interact effectively with people is essential. Nursing also requires manual dexterity to deal with the technical demands in the profession. Managerial and critical thinking skills are vital for effective organization, problem solving, and coordination.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to LCC's Career Ladder Nursing Program is through Selective Admissions.  There is no wait-list; instead, acceptance is based on a point system.  All admission procedures for the Program are coordinated through the Selective Admissions Office - selective_admissions@lcc.edu

Detailed information on the point system, prerequisites, and program cost can be found in the Nursing advising guide located at http://www.lcc.edu/hhs/advising_guides/.

GETTING STARTED

Follow these steps to begin the admission process:

1. Attend a
Pre-applicant Seminar
2. Meet with a Nursing Academic Advisor for course planning
3. Complete
Prerequisite Courses
4. Attend a
Sign-off appt. with a Nursing Academic Advisor
5.Submit Application by Deadline

 

1. Students who plan to apply to the nursing program must attend a mandatory Pre-Nursing Advising Seminar. Nursing seminar dates are available at www.lcc.edu/advising/seminars/.

2. Nursing Academic Advisors are available at LCC’s Center for Academic & Career Pathways in the Gannon building Star Zone. To make an appointment call (517) 483-1957 option 4, or visit www.lcc.edu/advising/ for more advising options.

3. For a list of prerequisite courses and other admission requirements, view the current advising guide at www.lcc.edu/hhs/advising_guides/. Admission requirements are usually found on pages 5-6.
 
4. Before submitting an application, students must attend a Nursing “Sign-off” appointment with Academic Advisors Judy Leventhal or Eric Bennett at the Downtown Lansing campus, or Barb Line at the Livingston campus.  Appointments can sometimes book 2-3 weeks in advance so call early to schedule a meeting.
 
5. The Selective Admissions application is available at www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/selective/. Completed applications should be submitted to LCC’s Student Finance Office located in the Gannon building Star Zone by the application deadline. A non-refundable $50 fee is due at the time of submission. Applications with a $50 check can also be mailed to the address listed on the last page of the application.

You will be notified of your initial application status within 3 weeks of the deadline.  If you have questions, please contact the Selective Admissions Office at selective_admissions@lcc.edu or (517) 483-1182.

NEW TO LCC AND TRANSFER STUDENTS

If you are not currently an LCC student, apply to the college at www.lcc.edu/futurestars/apply/. Have previous institutions send official transcripts directly to LCC at the address listed below. It is recommended that this is done early so there are no surprises on what does and does not transfer in. Only classes listed on your LCC student record can be considered for Admission into the program. Transfer equivalency lists are available at www.lcc.edu/futurestars/transfer/incoming_credits/.

MAIL TRANSCRIPTS TO:
1121-Records Office
Lansing Community College
PO Box 40010
Lansing MI 48901-7210

APPLICATION DEADLINES

2-Year Track 2nd Degree Track Advanced
Standing Track
  • March 1, 2017
  • March 1, 2018
  • March 1, 2017
  • October 1, 2018
  • March 1, 2017
  • March 1, 2018

 

PREREQUISITE COURSES

To be eligible to apply, prerequisite courses must be passed with a minimum grade of 2.5; all NURS courses require a 3.0 or higher. Only two attempts per a course are allowed to achieve the minimum required grade. For a complete list of prerequisite courses, see the current Nursing Advising Guide.

POINT SYSTEM

Students who have submitted an application and have completed all of the prerequisite courses will be ranked for admittance into the program using a point value system.  Points are awarded for GPA, prerequisite course grades, residency, the Kaplan Entrance Test, and other criteria depending on track.  The applicants with the highest points are admitted.  Cutoff scores change every year as they are dependent on the type and number of candidates.

The point system varies for each nursing track. See the current Nursing Advising Guide for a complete breakdown. The ranking system is usually listed on page 8.
 
*Please note residency will be calculated according to what is listed on the profile tab in your MyLCC account during the semester of the application deadline. For more information on residency, visit www.lcc.edu/schedule/residency/.

OTHER NEED-TO-KNOW INFO

Only LCC course grades will be considered during the semester of the application deadline.

All notifications regarding application statuses will be made to your LCC student email account and/or by letter to the address listed on your Selective Admissions application. You will receive initial communication regarding your application within 3 weeks of the deadline. Contact the Selective Admissions office at selective_admissions@lcc.edu for questions.

Students not selected for admission into the Nursing program must reapply during a subsequent admission cycle. Please note admission criteria is subject to change each year.

Lansing Community College does not discriminate against individuals in its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, familial status, disability, pregnancy, marital status, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other factor prohibited by law. The College’s Prohibited Discrimination and Harassment policy is available at www.lcc.edu/policy/documents/policies/prohibited-discrimination-harassment-policy.pdf.

 

Curriculum

Associate Degree

Code

 

Nursing, RN Option, AAS

0222

Certificate

Code

 

Nursing, LPN Option, CA

0235

 

LCC's Nursing program is Selective Admissions. Admittance into the program is on a competitive basis, and have program-specific entrance requirements beyond those required for admission to the College. There is no wait-list; instead admission is determined based on a point system. LCC offers 3 different Nursing tracks: traditional 2-Year, 2nd Degree, and Advanced Standing. For detailed information on these tracks and the admission process, view the current Nursing Advising Guides.

New Curriculum
We are excited to offer students a concept-base curriculum. The LCC Nursing program will launch the new curriculum for the 2-Year track and 2nd Degree tracks effective Fall 2017. The Advanced Standing track will begin the new curriculum Fall 2018. The program will continue to be evidence based.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Information regarding available scholarships for nursing students
(alphabetical order)

A Nurse I Am Scholarship

A Nurse I Am Scholarship is available via their website at www.ANurseIAm.com, where instructions for applying can be found.

AAMN Foundation Scholarships for Men

American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) Foundation and Johnson & Johnson's Campaign for Nursing's Future have partnered to offer a $1,000 scholarship program for male students pursuing professional nursing education programs. These scholarships are intended to support male students who are seeking a pre-RN licensure or graduate degree in nursing. Go to http://aamn.org/scholarships.shtml for further information and application materials.

AMVETS Department of MI

24715 John R
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 547-7365

Army Nurse Corps - The Spirit of Nursing Award

Sponsored by U.S. Army Nurse Corp (ANC) and the National Student Nurses' Association. (click here for application)

Free Nursing Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources Information

http://www.nursingscholarship.us/

KMMNBNA - National Black Nurses Association -

Contact: Shahidah El-Amin, BS, RN
Scholarship Committee Chairperson
P.O. Box 6001
Grand Rapids, MI 4961-6001
WAr1664623@aol.com

LCC Scholarships

For information on the LCC Scholarship Application process please click here.

For LCC Foundation Occupational Program Award Information available to Health and Human Services Division Students, please click here

For further questions regarding LCC Scholarships, please contact the Foundation Office at (517) 483-1989.

Memorial Healthcare Foundation Peggy Gulick Nursing Scholarship

Contact: Matt Hufnagel, Executive Director, Foundation Office (989) 729-4675
826 W. King
Owosso, MI 48867
e-mail: mhufnagel@memorialhealthcare.org
Application form and eligibility criteria available under Foundation heading at:
www.memorialhealthcare.org

Michigan League for Nursing (MLN) & Michigan Council for Nursing Education Administrators

Contact: www.michleaguenursing.org or
www.michigancenterfornursing.org

National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Six $500 scholarships

Contact: NAHNMichigan@aol.com Information and Application form available at   www.michiganhispanicnurses.org

North Ottawa Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships - (Limited to residents of Ottawa County)

Contact: Kristyn Ireland
(616) 847-5215
Scholarship form available at: www.ghacf.org

Sladek Nursing Scholarships and Critical Medical Career Scholarships

Contact: Ruth Bloomer, Manager Munson Foundation (231) 935-6484
Maggie Curtin, Dept Assistant (231) 935-6482
Application available by contacting mcutrin@mhc.net.


FAQ

GENERAL INFO (FAQ)

1. What makes Lansing Community College's Nursing Program distinctive?

  • High regard in the community
  • A ladder program concept
  • Three program (track) options
  • Nationally accredited for over 45 years!
  • Offers one of the only accredited simulation labs in the State
  • Rich in clinical experience

2. Are there informational seminars available?

There are MANDATORY pre-nursing advising sessions scheduled throughout the year for students who are interested in applying to the program. Current session dates can be found at: lcc.edu/advising/seminars/.  Seminars are free to attend and no reservation is required.  You do not need to be an LCC student to be present.

Students are encouraged to attend a seminar before beginning course pre-requisites.  It is also recommended that you read the Nursing advising guide prior to attending.  Advising guides are available at www.lcc.edu/hhs/advising_guides/.

3. Who do I speak to about getting into the Nursing program?

For general questions, contact the Selective Admissions office at selective_admissions@lcc.edu.

For course planning, meet with an Academic Advisor at LCC’s Academic & Career Pathways department. Call (517) 483-1957 (option 4) to schedule an appointment with a Nursing advisor. Students can also contact lead Nursing Advisor, Judy Leventhal, by email at leventhj@lcc.edu.

4. What are the differences between the 3 Nursing tracks?

The Career Ladder Nursing Program offers traditional and non-traditional tracks to achieve the Registered Nurse (ADN) Associate in Applied Science Degree (Curriculum Code 0222). Classes in all tracks meet face-to-face.

The 2-Year Track offers classes and clinical sessions meeting mornings, afternoons, and/or evenings (generally weekdays) during the fall and spring semesters. This track is designed so that the student has class 4-5 days/week and can complete the program in two years (4 semesters). This track accepts up to 128 students annually. 64 students will have a fall semester start and 64 students will have a spring semester start. Placement into fall or spring cohorts is random. See the current Nursing Advising Guide for application deadlines and admission requirements.

The 2nd Degree Track is designed for individuals who possess a Bachelor’s or higher degree in any major. Classes and clinical sessions meet mornings, afternoons, and/or evenings (weekdays or weekends). Classes begin Spring (January) semester and runs 16 continuous months. This track accepts up to 32 students each year. See the current Nursing Advising Guide for application deadlines and admission requirements.

The Advanced Standing Track is designed for practical nurses, respiratory therapists, and paramedics who meet licensure and work experience criteria. Applicants must have worked a minimum of 2,080 hours during the 24 months prior to the application deadline as an LPN, Paramedic, or Respiratory Therapist. Classes and clinical sessions meet mornings, afternoons, and/or evenings (weekdays or weekends) for 16 continuous months beginning during the Fall semester (August). This track accepts up to 32 students each year. See the current Nursing Advising Guide for application deadlines and admission requirements.

5. When does the program start?

See table below.

6. How long is the program?

See table below.

7. How many students are admitted each year?

See table below.

8. When is the application deadline?


Track Application Deadline Number of Students
Admitted Annually
Semester Track Begins Program Duration once Admitted
2-Year See current
Advising Guide
128 Fall OR Spring
*Half of students will start Fall other half Spring.  Placement is random.
2 Years
4 semesters.
Does not run in Summer
2nd Degree See current Advising Guide 32 Spring (January) 16 months
Advanced Standing See current Advising Guide 32 Fall (August) 16 months

9. Is there a waiting list to get into the Nursing program?

There is no wait-list to enter the program; instead, acceptance is based on a point system. Students receive points based GPA, course prerequisites, the Kaplan Entrance Test, and more. Admission is competitive. Detailed information on the point system, pre-requisites, and program cost can be found in the Nursing advising guide located at www.lcc.edu/hhs/advising_guides/.

10. How is admission into the Nursing program determined?

Acceptance into each Nursing track is based on a point system. Students receive points based GPA, course prerequisites, the Kaplan Entrance Test, and more. Admission is competitive. Detailed information on the point system, pre-requisites, and program cost can be found in the Nursing advising guide located at http://www.lcc.edu/hhs/advising_guides/.

11. How competitive is it to get into the Nursing Program?

The 2-Year Nursing track admits 128 students annually.  The average GPA of prerequisite courses for students admitted into the Spring 2016 cohort was 3.71.
The 2nd Degree Nursing track admits 32 students each year.  The average GPA of prerequisite courses for students admitted into the Spring 2016 cohort was 3.70.
The Advanced Standing Nursing track admits 32 students each year.  The average GPA of prerequisite courses for students admitted into the Spring 2016 cohort was 3.51.

12. How much does the program cost?

Current program cost estimations can be found on the last page of the Nursing Advising guide located at www.lcc.edu/hhs/advising_guides/.

13. Can I have a job while I am a nursing student?

LCC’s Nursing program is challenging and it’s workload is equivalent to that of a full-time job. Because of this, it is not recommended that students work more than 20 hours a week, if at all. If you must work, you will need a strong support system.

OTHER

1.  If I have a unique situation, can I get a waiver on admission requirements?

Students must meet with a Nursing advisor before submitting a request for an exception of a specific Selective Admission requirement.  Please be aware that waivers are granted infrequently and only after careful consideration of fairness to all applicants.  If an advisor agrees that your situation represents a compelling circumstance, then you can complete the Nursing Exception Form.  This form will then be reviewed by the Nursing Director.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (FAQ)

1. What prerequisites must be completed before I can apply?

A complete list of prerequisite courses can be found on page 6 of the Nursing Advising Guide

2. When do prerequisite courses need to be completed?

Courses must be completed by the end of semester of the application deadline. Please note, only courses completed at LCC will be considered during the semester of the application deadline. Transfer courses must be on record by the application deadline.

3. What is the minimum grade required for prerequisite and Nursing courses?

To be eligible to apply, pre-requisite courses must be passed with a minimum grade of 2.5; all NURS courses require 3.0 grade or higher. Only two attempts per a course are allowed to achieve the minimum required grade; this includes course withdraws (W) and attempts at other institutions.

Students admitted to the Nursing program after May 1, 2015, must complete all Nursing courses (NURS) with a minimum cumulative exam grade of 81% and a course grade of 3.0 or greater. This is in accordance with professional requirements of the nursing field.

4. Do any of the prerequisite courses expire?

Yes, NURS 200: Pharmacology must be completed within 2 years of the application deadline. NURS 201 must be completed within 1 year of the application deadline. All required biology courses including Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology, must be completed within 8 years of the application deadline. If taken over 8 years ago, it must be retaken; this will not be considered a repeat.

5. How do I apply to the Nursing program?

Students who plan to apply to the nursing program must attend a mandatory Pre-Nursing Advising Seminar. This should be done early on to ensure proper understanding of the process. Nursing seminar dates are available at www.lcc.edu/advising/seminars/.

View the complete application process in the Nursing Advising Guide.

TRANSFERRING TO LCC (FAQ)

1. How do I know if my transfer courses will satisfy a prerequisite course?

LCC has established equivalencies for the most commonly transferred courses from a number of colleges and universities in Michigan and the surrounding area. To see if transfer equivalencies are available for your school, visit www.lcc.edu/futurestars/transfer/incoming_credits/.

Students should have their previous institution send official transcripts directly to LCC at the address listed below to learn what courses will transfer in. It is recommended that this is done early on in the process so there are no surprises on what does and does not transfer in. LCC’s Records Office will process transcripts within 1-3 weeks upon receiving them.

MAIL TRANSCRIPTS TO:
1121-Records Office
Lansing Community College
PO Box 40010
Lansing MI 48901-7210

Following transcript evaluation, courses that have transferred in will appear on a student’s LCC unofficial transcript located in their Banner account.

2. I have completed a prerequisite course at another institution, but it did not transfer into LCC.  Can it still be considered for the Nursing program?

No, only courses listed on your LCC student record, including transfer courses, can be used to satisfy Nursing admission requirements.

Students who believe there was an error made in the evaluation of their transfer credits, may initiate an appeal with LCC’s Records Office in conjunction with the appropriate area or department. To begin this process, send an email with the course syllabus of the class(es) you believe should have transferred in to registrar@star.lcc.edu.

More information on transferring in to LCC is available at www.lcc.edu/registrar/transfer/.

3. I have partially completed a nursing program at another institution.  Can I enter the program where I left off and will those courses transfer into LCC?

To ensure consistency within the program and to meet accreditation standards, LCC does not accept Nursing classes from other institutions. Students who have enrolled in a Nursing program at another institution previously, will need to complete our program in its entirety.

CLINICAL SITES

1. Will all of my clinical sites be in Lansing?

No, clinical rotations are offered within a 100 mile radius of LCC’s Downtown Lansing campus. The program makes every attempt to give students a variety of clinical experience at both Lansing and surrounding area facilities. Facilities range from Sparrow in Lansing to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan located in Detroit. Because of this, reliable transportation is necessary.

2. Where are clinical rotations held?

Clinical experiences include hospitals, home health care agencies, rehabilitation units, and community health organizations. Students provide nursing care to geriatric, medical, surgical, maternity, and pediatric patients at a variety of facilities. Sites can include Sparrow, McLaren, Owosso Memorial, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, The Willows, Ingham & Eaton County Medical Care Facility, Medilodge, Burcham Hills, Holt Senior Center.

3. How much clinical experience will I receive?

Students can have up to 133 hours of clinical experience per a semester and will experience approximately 450 hours (depending on track) throughout the entirety of the program. In addition, students can also expect to have at least 10 hours of lab and lecture time during a given week.

4. How large are the clinical groups?

For increased learning potential, LCC offers small clinical groups including a maximum of 8 students to every faculty member.

BSN COMPLETION

1. Why should I earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) before a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree?

  • Cost - community colleges are less expensive.
  • Learning Style - The associate nurse program is more hands-on along with theory, so you can apply what you are learning as you go.

2. How feasible is it to go on for a BSN after completing my RN degree at LCC?

Lansing Community College's Nursing Program articulates with eight or more universities in Michigan. You can complete your BSN by completing approximately two more years at one of these institutions. Below is information on some of the transfer programs offering Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN completion programs.

• Davenport University
        o RN to BSN completion program 
        o Transfer equivalency site 

• Eastern Michigan University (EMU)
        o RN to BSN completion program 
        o Transfer equivalency site

• Ferris State University (FSU)
        o RN to BSN completion program 
        o Transfer equivalency site 

• Madonna University
        o RN to BSN completion program 
        o Transfer equivalency site 

• Michigan State University (MSU)
        o RN to BSN completion program
        o Transfer equivalency site 

• Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU)
        o RN to BSN completion program 
        o Transfer equivalency site

• Spring Arbor University
        o RN to BSN completion program
        o Transfer equivalency site

• University of Michigan-Flint
        o RN to BSN completion program 
        o Transfer equivalency site

 

 

Health and Human Services at Lansing Community College

Career Ladder Nursing Programs
Health and Human Services Bldg, Room 108
Phone: (517) 483-1410
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