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Nursing Associate in Science

There are special admission requirements for the Nursing program. Acceptance into this program is competitive and based on a point system. Applicants are awarded points based on grades earned in program-specific prerequisite coursework. All accepted students are required to pass a criminal background check and drug screen prior to admission into the program. Contact Academic Advising at (269) 927-8128 or the Health Sciences office at (269) 927-8768 for complete details. An Academic Advisor will help you determine prerequisites that are required and designed to prepare you for training in the program.

The extended application deadline for Fall 2020 is June 1, 2020. Download important program documents using the links below:

Nursing Program Guide

HESI A2 and TOEFL Information for Nursing Students

The Application and Brochure linked above are for the Fall 2020 program start. Students who wish to be considered for the Fall 2020 program must submit their application by May 12, 2020. Admission is not guaranteed.

The Spring 2021 program application, brochure, and application due date will be posted to this page in Spring 2020 and will have its own, separate due date. Students admitted for a Spring 2021 start will begin Nursing program classes in January 2021. 

For questions regarding biannual admission or program requirements, please contact your academic advisor, or the Health Sciences office at 269.927.8768. 

After acceptance and enrollment in the program, students are required to read and understand the contents of the Nursing Handbook:

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 (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. More information can be found by calling 404-975-5000 or visiting their website. This agency is a resource for information about length of programs and required tuition and fees.

The Nursing Program at Lake Michigan College has been accredited since 1981.

Prerequisite Credit Hours Contact Hours
BIOL 110 Human Anatomy & Physiology (or BIOL 101 Biological Science or comparable prerequisite for BIOL 205 Human Anatomy)  4 5


Prerequisite Ranking Courses Credit Hours Contact Hours
Chemistry 104, Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biochemistry 4 6
Biology 205, Human Anatomy 4 5
Mathematics 122, Intermediate Algebra, or Mathematics 123, Quantitative Reasoning 4 4


Prior to Start of Program Credit Hours Contact Hours
Biology 206, Principles of Human Physiology 4 6
HEAL 121 Calculations for Healthcare Professionals 1 1
English 101, English Composition 3 3


Level 1 - First Semester Credit Hours Contact Hours
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology 3 3
NURS 180 Nursing Fundamentals 6 10
NURS 131 Pharmacology I 2 2
Semester Total 11 15


Level 2 - Second Semester Credit Hours Contact Hours
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3 3
NURS 181 Medical-Surgical Nursing 1 (7 weeks) 5 10
NURS 182 Community Mental Health Nursing (7 weeks) 3 6
NURS 136 Pharmacology II 2 2
Semester Total 13 21


Level 3 - Third Semester Credit Hours Contact Hours
Humanities/Fine Arts Course** 3 3
NURS 290 Advanced Health Assessment 1 1
NURS 291 Medical-Surgical Nursing 2 (7 weeks) 4 8
NURS 292 Maternal & Child Nursing (7 weeks) 5 9
Semester Total 13 21


Level 4 - Fourth Semester Credit Hours Contact Hours
NURS 293 Medical-Surgical Nursing 3 (7 weeks) 4 8
NURS 294 Medical-Surgical Nursing 4 (7 weeks) 5 10
NURS 288/289 Current Issues in Nursing 1 1
Semester Total 10 19


  Credit Hours Contact Hours
Program Total 71 106

Core Values

  1. Caring
  2. Communication
  3. Diversity
  4. Ethics
  5. Excellence
  6. Holism
  7. Integrity

Integrating Concepts

  1. Patient-Centered Care
  2. Personal/Professional Development
  3. Evidence-Based Practice
  4. Information Management
  5. Teamwork and Collaboration
  6. Quality Improvement and Safety

Associate Degree Program Outcomes

  1. Promotion of Holism
  2. Nursing Judgement
  3. Professional Identity
  4. Spirit of Inquiry  

Outcome Data

The program's most current 3 year data is as follows:

NCLEX Pass Rates

2017: 95%
2018: 96.3%
2019: 95.7%

Job Placement Rates

2017: 98%
2018: 92.9%
2019: 97.9% (Most up to date data)

Program Completion Rates (150%)

2016: 49%
2017: 55%
2018: 71%

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