Skip Navigation
Printer Icon Print Page
Nursing
Nursing
Candidacy Requirements

Quick Check List
Please see Admission Procedures following this section for extended explanations of each item on the quick list. All items on the quick list must be done to be accepted into the nursing program.  

  1. Complete College Application and be accepted to LMC (status = pre-nursing).
  2. Have high school (or GED results) and college transcripts sent to the Records Office.
  3. Pass College placement assessment and/or recommended courses.
  4. Pre-admission GPA must be 2.5 or better.
  5. Pass Nelson-Denny Reading Assessment at 11.8 grade equivalent (only exception is a college degree at Associate Degree or higher).
  6. Pass Math Proficiency assessment or meet requirement with MATH 090 (no exceptions). After MATH 090 course is completed, will be directed to take Math proficiency assessment.
  7. Pass Algebra Proficiency assessment or meet requirement with MATH 095 (no exceptions). After MATH 095 course is completed, will be directed to take Algebra proficiency assessment.
  8. Successfully complete Medical Terminology course (READ 110* or equivalent).
  9. Provide documentation of computer course (CIS 100* or CIS 102* or CIS 122* or equivalent). Keyboarding courses are not acceptable.
  10. Complete prerequisites for Human Physiology (BIOL 101* or 108, CHEM 104*, and BIOL 205*).
  11. When all of the above are completed: Submit application for Health Science Candidacy to the Records Office no later than May 7.

Selection for Fall (1st year) admissions will be based on the following:

  1. Candidacy list placement.
  2. Ranking by GPA on 5 prerequisite courses (*) above.
  3. All students will be designated for RN program admission.
  4. Space Available: Candidacy list placement does not guarantee class placement.
  5. Pass criminal background check(s) to satisfaction of clinical affiliations. A criminal record may require program exit. Background checks and a drug screen are also required.

NOTE: Ranking will be done at time of candidacy list placement.

Admissions Procedures:

I. Admission to Lake Michigan College

A. Fill out College Application and designate pre-nursing as major.
B. Have high school transcripts (or GED results) and college transcripts sent to the Records Office.
C. Take COMPASS Assessment. This is a basic skills assessment which covers reading, writing (English) and math. This is a College requirement for all first time college students. Other students follow catalog policy for admission. COMPASS tests are offered by the Assessment Center. Appointments can be made by calling (269) 927-6173.
D. All students entering LMC who have high school transcripts from a non-English speaking school/country, or who do not speak and/or read English clearly, MUST take the ESL exam AND PASS at the level required by the College or take required courses.  ESL exams are offered at the Assessment Center.
E. Completion of the above requirements (A-D) qualifies a student to be accepted to LMC. Your status is pre-nursing, and you are not yet accepted into the nursing program. If, in step "A" above, you did not list "pre-nursing" as your major, you need to complete a "Change of Major" form.


II. Admission to Nursing:


In order to receive an acceptance or candidacy list letter, a student must complete all the following items and submit an application for Health Science Candidacy to the Records Office.

A. Eligibility for College Courses. (Do any one of the following.)

  1. Pass all College admission assessments at the required level (see "C" above).
  2. Successful completion of courses required after placement assessment.
  3. Completion of a degree (A.D. or higher) at a regionally accredited college (official transcript on file at LMC).
  4. Meet "ability to benefit" standard (see College Catalog).
  5. Other exceptions allowed in College Catalog.

B. Nelson-Denny Reading Assessment. (Do any one of the following.)  

  1. Pass this assessment which is given in the Assessment Center at grade 11.8 equivalent or above. Note: This is a reading assessment different from the placement assessment.
  2. Official transcript on file at LMC showing completion of a previous degree from a school with English as the official language.

C. Math Proficiency Assessment. (No exceptions.) A study guide is available. This is an in-house math assessment given in the Math Lab and covers whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratio & proportion, and percent. There are no exceptions made for previous academic credit in math or related subjects. This must be completed no more than 2 years prior to nursing application deadline. Acceptable score on the assessment is 75% on each section.

Since you only have one opportunity to take this assessment, be sure to come prepared. Failure to achieve the required score will result in required remediation. MATH 090 is the LMC approved method of getting the needed remediation. The course must be taken and repeated until the final exam score meets the previously stated standard. Any exception to this remediation would need to include individual remediation outside of LMC, planned and paid for by the student, and approved in advance by the Nursing Coordinator.

(Given in the Math Lab whenever the lab is open for class. No appointment is necessary. Call the Math Lab, ext. 7097, if you have questions.)

D. Algebra Proficiency Assessment. (No exceptions.)
A study guide is available. This is an in-house algebra assessment of high school level algebra skills. There are no exceptions made for previous academic credit in math or related subjects. This must be completed no more than 2 years prior to nursing application deadline. Acceptable score on the assessment is 75%.

Since you only have one opportunity to take this test, be sure to come prepared. Failure to achieve the required score will result in required remediation. MATH 095 Introductory Algebra is the LMC approved method of getting the needed remediation. The course must be taken and repeated until the student passes the course. After passing the course, the student will be asked to take the Algebra Proficiency Test.

(Given in the Math Lab whenever the lab is open for class. No appointment is necessary. Call the Math Lab, ext. 7097, if you have questions.)

E. Grade Point Average - Pre-LMC. (Do any one of the following.)

  1. High school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. GED composite score of 55.
  3. Complete 12 credits of above 100 level college courses, which includes a laboratory course in biology or chemistry, and have an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Associate Degree or higher with GPA of 2.5.

F. LMC GPA. Cumulative GPA must be 2.5 or higher for admission into nursing and above 2.0 to progress from semester to semester. A student must also achieve a 2.0 (C) grade in each nursing and science course.

G. Eligible to Take BIOL 206 Human Physiology. (Do all of the following.)

1) Complete prerequisite to BIOL 205 Human Anatomy. (Do any one of the following.)

  • Have credit on LMC transcript for BIOL 101 Biological Science or BIOL 108 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology with a "C" or better.
  • Have transfer credit on file for anatomy (BIOL 205).
  • Successfully complete 2 years of high school Biology courses in the past 5 years. NOTE: This substitution has to be approved by the Biology Department Chair. If credit is given for this requirement by using high school courses, no grade (NG) will be used for the Nursing Program Candidacy List ranking for BIOL 101 or 108. It is the student's responsibility to pursue this option if he/she believes this credit is earned.

2) Have credit for BIOL 205 Human Anatomy within 10 years. Transfer credit may be substituted if the transfer course was taken within 10 years of Candidacy List application deadline of May 7.

3) Credit for CHEM 104 Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Bio-Chemistry. The student must have completed the Chemistry requirement as described: (CHEM 104* or CHEM 105 if taken prior to Fall 2010 or CHEM 101* if taken prior to Fall 2006) within 10 years of Candidacy List application deadline of May 7. Transfer credit may be substituted if the transfer course was taken within 10 years of expected admission. Two years of high school Math and one year of high school Chemistry within the last five years may be substituted for CHEM 104 with Science Department Chair approval. It is the student's responsibility to pursue this option if the student believes the credit is earned. (NOTE: CHEM 111 or a transfer equivalent to CHEM 111 may be substituted for CHEM 104).


H. CIS 102 Basic Computer Literacy Completion or Equivalent. (Do any one of the following.)

  • Credit on LMC transcript for CIS 100 or CIS 102, CIS 122, or equivalent. Keyboarding courses are not acceptable.
  • Certificate of completion for a computer practical training seminar related to word processor use. PEL credit required. Will result in No Grade (NG) for Candidacy List.
  • Letter from employer indicating that in-facility training in computer skills was provided. The training should be word processor related. PEL credit required, and No Grade (NG) will be used for Candidacy List ranking.

NOTE: It is recommended that the student take this course in lieu of acquiring PEL credit because the grade is used for Candidacy List ranking/placement.

I. READ 110 Medical Terminology or Equivalent. (Do any one of the following.)

  1. Credit on LMC transcript for READ 110.
  2. Transfer credit on file for READ 110.
  3. Completion of credit by experiential learning with assistance of Nursing program director. This is done for a course taken in high school or a hospital with syllabus and verification of grade provided. An approved internet course may also be used for credit. PEL credit would be given after successful completion. No Grade (NG) will be used for Candidacy List ranking.

NOTE: It is recommended that the student take this course in lieu of acquiring PEL credit because the grade is used for Candidacy List ranking/placement.

J. Submit an "Application for Health Science Candidacy". This is the final step and required for Candidacy List placement. Until you complete this form and submit it to the Records Office, you will not be accepted to the Nursing program. This is what triggers Candidacy List placement. Upon receipt of this form, the Records Office will verify that you have completed or have not completed all requirements. The deadline is May 7 for submission of the "Application for Candidacy List Placement" form and for completion of all the afore mentioned requirements, including the Basic Math Test, the Algebra Proficiency Test, and the Nelson Denny Reading Test. All official transcripts must be in the Records Office by May 7 so that transcript credits may be verified. Failure to meet the May 7 deadline will disqualify you and prevent Candidacy List placement. Only students who meet ALL requirements by May 7 will be placed on the Candidacy List and be given consideration for Fall Nursing program admission.

NOTE: Tests (ND, Algebra Proficiency, and Basic Math Proficiency) are also offered at the Bertrand Crossing and South Haven Campus locations. For the Bertrand Crossing Campus, please call (269) 695-1391 or 1-800-252-1562 ext. 2990 for dates and times. For the South Haven Campus, please call (269) 639-8442 or 1-800-252-1562 ext. 7500 for dates and times.

Assessment Dates & Times:

MTELP:
Offered by Assessment Center (A203A). Appointments can be made by calling ext. 5243.

COMPASS & Nelson-Denny:
Offered by Assessment Center (A203A) as listed in the LMC Class Schedule. Appointments can be made at (269) 927-1000 ext. 5243.

Math & Algebra assessments:
Given in the Math Lab (B208) whenever the lab is open for class. Contact Math Lab if you have questions. No appointment is necessary.

For all assessments:
Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to scheduled time. Bring 2 sharpened #2 pencils and know your student indentification number. Plan on 1 1/2 - 2 hours for each assessment.

For the Math and Algebra Proficiency Assessments you may contact the Math Lab for the times and days that the testing is available, (269) 927-1000 or (269) 927-3571.

Beginning the Nursing Course Sequence
Nursing program courses begin a sequence once a year in the fall semester and must be taken in sequence. In order to start nursing in a Fall semester a student must be accepted into the nursing program.

Although not required, we encourage students to take the General Education courses, including BIOL 206 Human Physiology, prior to entering the RN program. The Nursing program is quite rigorous and time consuming; completion of these required general education courses lightens the workload and supports academic success.

Following Candidacy List placement, the student will receive a letter indicating whether their ranking was sufficient to be placed in the Nursing program. Students who are not accepted into the Nursing program will be required to submit another "Application for Health Science Candidacy" if Candidacy List placement is desired for the next academic year.

Students must inform Lake Michigan College of changes in address or telephone numbers. If the School of Nursing is unable to contact a student related to placement, a student may have to forgo placement that year after reasonable attempts have been made to contact the student, which may include a certified letter.

Advanced Standing
LMC's Practical Nursing graduates and LPNs who graduated from other schools enter the second year of the nursing program. To qualify for advanced standing, a student must:

  1. Meet basic nursing program admission requirements,
  2. Complete all first year College requirements and support courses, and
  3. Meet advanced standing requirements (see nursing student handbook or separate informational handout).

Board of Nursing
Applicants to the nursing programs should be aware that the Michigan Board of Nursing, in its Practice Act, states that it can deny a license to an applicant if any of the following are true:

  • Has been convicted of a criminal offense in a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • Is habitually intemperate in the use of alcoholic beverages.
  • Is addicted to, or has improperly obtained, possessed, used or distributed habit-forming drugs or narcotics.
  • Is guilty of dishonesty or unethical conduct.
  • Has violated or aided or abetted others in violation of any provision of this act.
  • The State Board of Nursing now requires a background check prior to licensure. If you have a criminal record or are worried about past convictions that might interfere with licensure, contact the nursing coordinator for additional information.

If any of these are true for you, you may be unable to be licensed. If you have questions about your situation, please call the Board of Nursing at (517) 373-0918.

Program Accreditation
The Associate in Applied Science Nursing Program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. The ACEN phone number is (404) 975-5000. The web site is www.acenursing.org. This agency is a resource for information about length of programs and required tuition and fees. 

Lake Michigan College is an Equal Opportunity Institution, affording enrollment, employment, and services without distinction on the basis of age, color, height, weight, creed, disability, marital status, sexual preference, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, or gender.

Copyright © 2014 Lake Michigan College