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Nursing Program Brochure

This document will help guide you through the prerequisites and application process for the Lake Michigan College Nursing Program. But if you still need help...

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Prospective students are strongly encouraged to set an appointment with an academic advisor before starting any prerequisite testing and coursework.

Contact the OneStop to make an appointment with an academic advisor by calling Student Services at (269) 927-8128.

Contact the Health Sciences Office for more information about the Nursing Program.

Health Sciences Office
2755 E. Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
(269) 927-8768

How important is it to go to an accredited school? VERY! If a student wants to get their bachelor’s or master’s degree in Nursing, most programs (and the military) require that the student graduated from a Nursing program accredited by ACEN or CCNE.

Do all of your graduates get jobs after completion of your program? YES. We have 100% placement rates following graduation for those students who desire nursing jobs!

Why Study Nursing at LMC?

Registered Nurse Career Opportunities

As a Registered Nurse (RN), you will provide primary care to clients of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, clinics, offices, nursing homes, home healthcare settings, schools, research facilities, or community agencies.

You will be responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating a plan of care for clients and assisting them in achieving their health goals through effective communication, decision-making, problem-solving, management, and technical skills. When providing direct patient care, you will observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress; assist physicians during treatments and examinations; administer medications; and assist in health promotion, convalescence, and rehabilitation. 

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 (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. The ACEN phone number is 404-975-5000. The web site is 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.


The Lake Michigan College Nursing program has agreements with several four-year institutions that will allow graduates to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in two years or less following graduation from LMC. Lake Michigan College has agreements with Bethel College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Indiana-Wesleyan University, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan – Flint, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and Western Michigan University. 

Entrance Requirements Checklist – Before Applying

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Learn about the program

Obtain and read entire Nursing Program brochure      
Complete an LMC application for admission      
Contact an academic advisor to discuss Nursing Program requirements      
Have high school transcripts sent to LMC Records Office
OR Have official college transcripts sent to LMC Records Office
Have SAT/ACT scores sent to LMC and/or take Accuplacer Assessment to meet basic college requirements in reading, English, and math      

Complete Prerequisite Ranking Courses 

These courses must be completed prior to the application deadline. For minimum grade requirements and other prerequisites, see below

CHEM 104      
BIOL 205 (requires BIOL 110 or BIOL 101 or comparable as a prerequisite for BIOL 205)      
MATH 122 or 123      

Apply to the Program

**Complete the TOEFL iBT test if a non-native English speaker
(See program application and HESI A2/TOEFL iBT Instruction Packet for more details)
***Complete the HESI A2 exam (study materials are available for review on Placement web page or by contacting the Health Sciences Office)      
Successfully complete ALL paperwork, testing, and prerequisite coursework prior to the application deadline on May 12, 2020      
Hold an Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher      
Submit Nursing Application to LMC Health Sciences Office by the application deadline on May 12, 2020      

All three prerequisite ranking courses must be passed with minimum grade requirements. All Science and Math courses must be completed within 10 years of the Nursing Program application deadline.

**The TOEFL iBT assessment is required by Lake Michigan College by all non-native English speaking students prior to taking the HESI A2. Scores must be submitted directly to Lake Michigan College from the test provider.

***The HESI A2 exam must be completed with a 75 or higher within a maximum of two attempts to be considered eligible for application. It is STRONGLY recommended that students complete this exam at least one semester prior to application.

Why can’t I start the Nursing program right out of high school?
On rare occasions, students take prerequisite courses during high school and are eligible to begin the Nursing program the fall semester following high school graduation. However, students need to be 18 years of age or older when they begin the Nursing program. We encourage all applicants to complete as many general education courses as possible prior to admission to the Nursing program. This gives the student more time to focus on the rigorous nursing courses while in the Nursing program.

Course Sequence – Before Admission

Grade Required



College Prerequisites

BIOL 110 Biological Science (or 101, or comparable prerequisite for BIOL 205) C 4 5

Prerequisite Ranking Courses

(complete before application deadline)

CHEM 104 Fundamentals of General, Organic, & Biochemistry C 4 6
BIOL 205 Human Anatomy C 4 5
MATH 122 Intermediate Algebra OR MATH 123 Quantitative Reasoning C 4 4

Pre-Program Courses

(complete before starting program)

BIOL 206 Human Physiology C 4 6
HEAL 121 Calculations for Healthcare Professionals B 1 1
ENGL 101 English Composition I C 3 3

Prerequisite and Pre-Program TOTAL

24 30

Other Prerequisites

Prior to the application deadline, ALL nursing applicants must complete the HESI A2 (reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and mathematics) with a score of 75 or higher within 2 attempts maximum (Math is scored separately and must also be completed with a score of 75). 

Applicants who are non-native English speakers must also complete the TOEFL iBT assessment with a score of 84 or higher overall score, and a speaking subscore of 26 or higher. The TOEFL must be taken BEFORE the HESI A2 by all non-native English speaking applicants. For more detail, please see the HESI A2/TOEFL iBT Instruction Packet.

Applicants MUST hold a minimum of a 2.50 Cumulative/Overall GPA to be considered eligible for admission. If a student has taken any one of the outlined prerequisite ranking courses listed above at LMC, the LMC GPA will be used. If no applicable coursework has been completed at LMC, the transfer college GPA will be used. 

For full detail on the admissions process, please see the Nursing program application and the HESI A2/ TOEFL iBT Instruction Packet.

Does Lake Michigan College have a waiting list for Nursing program admission?
NO. If the student is not admitted this year, they may apply during the next application period (fall or spring). Applications do not automatically roll over, and there is no waiting list. A new application must be submitted each application period if a student wishes to be considered for admission. 

Am I guaranteed acceptance in the Nursing program once I complete all the prerequisites courses?
NO. All eligible applicants are ranked using a numerical point system and accepted in descending order until the class is full.

How can I improve my chances for placement if I don’t get in the Nursing Program this year?
Students may retake courses at LMC to improve their grade. For example, if a student has two “C” grades in the sciences, and are not ranked high enough for placement this year, they may take those courses over to improve the grade and thus increase their chances for placement the following year. Students may also gain direct patient care work experience to improve their application for the next application period or next year and overall success in the Nursing program.

Why doesn’t the college accept more students into the Nursing program?
Classroom space limitations, limited faculty resources, state regulation related to clinical placement, and limited clinical sites are factors that determine the number of seats available in the Nursing program.

The Nursing Application Process

A student will receive an email acknowledgment upon receipt of their Nursing Application. All prerequisites must be completed before an applicant can be considered for the Nursing program. All eligible applicants’ academic records are evaluated by using a numerical point system. Entry into the Nursing program is competitive and based on total points. Students who are not accepted into the Nursing program will be required to submit another Nursing Application if they want to be reconsidered for the nursing program for the next application period. 

Students should keep their contact information up to date in WaveLink, and should inform the Health Sciences Office of any changes. If the Health Science Office is unable to contact a student related to placement into the Nursing program, a student may have to forgo placement that year after reasonable attempts have been made to contact the student. 

Selection for Admission into the Nursing Program
All eligible students will be ranked via a point system and selected based upon a competitive process ranking them according to their total points awarded. Points are awarded based on grades earned in the prerequisite courses (MATH 122 or 123, BIOL 205, CHEM 104), overall LMC GPA, and successful HESI A2 completion. Other factors that may improve a students’ ranking are: 

  • Only taking prerequisite courses once. Points are deducted for any additional attempts at a course.
  • Proof of direct patient care work experience, credential in a healthcare field, or completion of the Professional Health Careers Academy (PHCA) in high school
  • Previously earned Bachelor’s Degree or higher

NOTE: BIOL 206, HEAL 121, and ENGL 101 courses MUST be completed prior to entering the Nursing program. They may be taken during the semester prior to program entry, but they cannot be taken concurrently with nursing courses. For minimum grade requirements, see pg. 4 of this brochure. If a student does not successfully complete these courses prior to program start, they will be unable to continue into the program, even if admitted. 

All Nursing applicants must also complete the HESI A2 exam with a score of 75 or higher. Applicants that are non-native English speakers must also submit TOEFL iBT exam scores. An overall TOEFL score of 84, and a speaking sub-score of 26 or higher. TOEFL scores are based on NCSBN recommendations to ensure student success. It is required to take the TOEFL prior to taking the HESI A2. 

Please see the Nursing program application for full details on admission requirements. More detail about prerequisite testing can be found in the HESI A2/TOEFL iBT packet. 

Admission process is nondiscriminatory in regards to age, color, height, weight, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, political affiliation, race, religion, or gender identity or expression.

Am I guaranteed placement in the RN program if I am an LPN or Transfer Student?
NO. Although we try to place qualified LPN students who want to return to complete their RN or those who wish to transfer into LMC’s Nursing program, space availability is a factor that might prevent an LPN or Transfer student from entering LMC’s RN program at any time.

Advanced Standing Pathways – LPN and Transfer

Below, find the basics about Advanced Standing for LPN to RN and Transfer students. More detail about these pathways and the Advanced Standing Application may be found through the Health Sciences Office

Advanced Standing for LPN to RN Students

Current Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) may apply for advanced standing in the Nursing Program. LPN students can receive credit for most of the first-year nursing courses based upon LPN licensure. Most LPN students are admitted into second year nursing classes. All LPN advanced standing students must meet the same admission requirements for the Nursing Program as standard-entry students (including testing, coursework, GPA, etc.), and must complete the same core curriculum for graduation. Transfer credit may be accepted to meet some admission requirements if completed at a regionally accredited institution.  

For LPN to RN advanced standing, students must:

  1. Apply to Lake Michigan College
  2. Submit official transcripts to the LMC Records Office for evaluation of transfer credit
  3. Complete an Application for LPN to RN Advanced Standing and submit to the Health Sciences Office
  4. Submit employer verification of work history as an LPN, copy of LPN license
  5. Complete a “Check In” meeting with the Director of Nursing to review progress
  6. Complete the TOEFL iBT* and Complete the HESI A2 with a score of 75 or higher within two attempts
  7. Complete NURS 135 - Pharmacology II if prior Pharmacology coursework is over three years old
  8. Complete background check, drug screen, CPR, TB test, immunizations, physical, and flu shot
  9. Complete hours in the NEC prior to program start to review skills and prepare for program entry

Advanced Standing for Transfer Students - Transferring from another Nursing Program

Students who have successfully completed Nursing program courses at another College may request evaluation for placement into Lake Michigan College’s Nursing program as an advanced standing transfer student. Evaluation is completed by the LMC Director of Nursing and Nursing program faculty using the syllabi for each course. Determination of placement cannot be finalized until admission to the College is complete syllabi are reviewed, and the students has completed ALL pre-program requirements. 

For transfer consideration and potential program placement, transfer students must:

  1. Apply to Lake Michigan College
  2. Submit official transcripts to the LMC Records Office for evaluation of transfer credit
  3. Complete the TOEFL iBT* exam and the HESI A2 with a score of 75 or higher within 2 attempts
  4. Submit ALL syllabi from their prior nursing program courses to the LMC Director of Nursing. Syllabi will be evaluated by the Director of Nursing and program faculty for determination of program transfer credit.
  5. Complete an Application for Transfer Student Advanced Standing and submit to Health Sciences Office
  6. Complete any remaining requirements, such as coursework, background check, drug screen, CPR, etc. by the specified timeline prior to starting Nursing program classes.
  7. Complete hours in the NEC prior to program start to review skills and prepare for program entry

Admission as a transfer student is based on completion of all pre-program coursework and testing, minimum GPA, equivalency of prior Nursing program coursework to Lake Michigan College’s Nursing program, and space available in the program. Students should contact the Nursing department to inform the Director of Nursing of their intent to transfer, and to contact an Academic Advisor to review transfer credit for pre-program and general education requirements. Most unofficial transfer credit review can be completed via email with an Academic Advisor.  Official transcript review and awarding of credit is completed by the LMC Records Office.

*The TOEFL iBT Exam is required for all non-native English speaking applicants. It must be completed before the HESI A2. For score requirements and more details, see the HESI A2/TOEFL iBT exam packet.

How long does it take to get an associate degree for Registered Nurse?
Usually a student takes about one year to get the prerequisites and some of the general education courses done, and then finishes the Registered Nurse associate degree program in approximately two years after admission in the program. A Nursing student enters the program in the fall or spring semester of year one and then finishes in early May or December, respectively, of year two. The program is four semesters upon admission.

What is the difference between the AAS degree and the BSN degree for Nursing students?
Both degrees are considered entry-level for professional Registered Nurses. Both groups of students take the same state board examination. Both graduate with what is considered a “generalist registered nurse” education.

In this community, both groups of new graduates are given basically the same employment opportunities. Later, after the graduate has experience, the BSN degree pays off with more opportunity for management placement. There are some jobs that require the BSN degree. Most healthcare institutions will assist with tuition reimbursement for a BSN degree after employment.

Course Sequence – Program

The following course sequence is under revision pending curriculum changes for Fall 2020 an onward. Please note that some of the course names and numbers are subject to change.


First Semester (1st Year)

PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology* 3 3
NURS 180 Nursing Fundamentals 6 10
NURS 130 Pharmacology I 2 2
Semester Total 11 15

Second Semester (1st Year)

ENGL 102 English Composition II* 3 3
NURS Psychiatric Nursing (7 weeks) 3 6
NURS Medical-Surgical Nursing I (7 weeks) 5 10
NURS 135 Pharmacology II 2 2
Semester Total 13 21

Third Semester (2nd Year)

Humanities/Fine Arts Course** 3 3
NURS Medical-Surgical Nursing 2 (7 weeks) 4 8
NURS Maternal Child Nursing (7 weeks) 6 12
NURS 282 Advanced Assessment 1 1
Semester Total 14 24

Fourth Semester (2nd Year)

NURS Medical-Surgical Nursing 3 (7 weeks) 4 8
NURS Medical-Surgical Nursing 4 (7 weeks) 5 10
NURS 288/289 Current Issues in Nursing 1 1
Semester Total 10 19

Prerequisite and Pre-Program Total

24 30

Major Course Totals

48 79


72 109

Suggested Support Courses for BSN Transfer

BIOL 210 Microbiology
HEAL 103 Medical Terminology
HEAL 113 Nutrition and Diet Therapy
MATH 216 Intro to Statistics
PSYC 203 Human Development

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