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Nursing

Associate in Applied Science

Students in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program study the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences to prepare them for the nursing curriculum. The program prepares graduates to assist a diverse patient population within the community through health maintenance, as well as caring for them across the lifespan, through illness, injury, or disability. Utilizing a patient-centered approach, the program prepares graduates to care for their patients through evidence-based practice, critical thinking skills, innovation and creativity, and excellent communication skills. Upon graduation, the registered nurse will lead, manage, and coordinate care with other health care disciplines within our community. The program is based on the fundamental core values of caring, diversity, ethics. excellence, holism, integrity, and patient-centeredness. Graduates receive the Associate in Applied Sciences degree in Nursing (ADN) and are eligible to take the licensure exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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Nursing Program Approval & Accreditation

The nursing program is approved by:
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs/Board of Nursing
PO Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909-8170
www.michigan.gov/lara

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Logo

The nursing program is accredited by:
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org.

 

Eligibility & Admission Process


Eligibility & Admission Process

Eligibility Requirements

The following minimum requirements must be satisfied before application to the Nursing program. Prior to application for the Nursing program, the student must:

  1. Demonstrate high school level education (high school diploma or GED).
  2. Demonstrate College level reading comprehension on the ACCUPLACER placement test within the last 5 years, or a minimum score of 20 on the reading portion of the ACT, or a score of 27 on the reading portion of the SAT, within the last 5 years. A satisfactory grade in RDNG 030 or ACLT 075 with a grade of 2.0 within the last 5 years will also meet this requirement.
  3. Demonstrate math proficiency by placing into MATH 130, or higher on the ACCUPLACER placement test within the last 5 years, or completion of MATH 120 (or MATH 123) or higher level course with a grade of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Complete the following courses with a 3.0 or higher grade (including transfer credits):
    1. BIOL 151 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I (within the last 5 years)
    2. BIOL 152 – Human Anatomy & Physiology II (within the last 5 years)
    3. ENGL 101 or 103 – English Composition I (note: a grade of 2.0, or higher in Engl 101 and minimum grade of 3.0 or higher in Engl 102 will satisfy this requirement; the Engl 101 grade will be used for ranking purposes in the competitive admissions process)
  5. Complete the following courses with a 2.0 or higher grade (including transfer credits):
    1. AHLT 112 – Nutrition for Health (within the last 5 years)
    2. AHLT 135 – Dosages & Solutions (within the last 5 years)
    3. NRSG 100 – Pharmacology & Therapeutics (within the last 5 years)
  6. Complete all required courses in no more than 2 attempt (exceptions: Fresh Start, NS grades, and course updates).
  7. Maintain a cumulative Mott GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  8. Complete the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) at the overall Proficient Level (or higher) on the ATI Academic Preparedness Level scale; must complete all sections of the exam, including Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English & Language Usage. The exam must have been taken at MCC and completed in no more than 2 attempts.
  9. Submit official transcripts for all transfer college coursework. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the MCC Registrar’s Office. Attach an unofficial copy of all transcripts to application form.
  10. Submit an acceptable criminal background investigation (CBI) for the purpose of identifying be ineligible to continue in the program due to a felony or misdemeanor conviction. (Refer to Criminal Background Investigation, or CBI link.)

Program Admissions Process

Fulfillment of the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission into the Nursing program at Mott Community College. Qualified application portfolios will be reviewed by the Nursing Program Coordinators during the Winter semester for Fall (September) admission or during the Summer semester for Winter (January) admission. Final determination of program entry will be made by a competitive (selective) process.
  1. Students meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will be ranked for admission into the program using a value point system. Points will be awarded to students based on the application portfolio submitted by the deadline.
  2. All eligibility coursework must have been completed prior to the application deadline; consideration will not be given for coursework or other requirements that are in progress.
  3. The student applicant is responsible for providing documentation of eligibility. The application portfolio must include the following information:
    1. Supplemental application for admission to the Nursing program, by the deadline date for the semester the student is seeking admission
    2. Copy of ATI TEAS results
    3. Student copy of transcripts of all transfer coursework (an official transcript must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office in order for course equivalencies to be applied to the student’s MCC transcript)
    4. Documentation of completed criminal background check in CastleBranch system (it is only necessary to enroll in the background check component of CastleBranch—enrollment in the medical records and BLS components are not required until acceptance into the program)
  4. The completed portfolio must be submitted to the Division Office by the following deadline dates:
    1. By January 31 for admission in the September (Fall) class entering the clinical sequence
    2. By June 30 for admission in the January (Winter) class entering the clinical sequence
    3. Only complete portfolios will be considered in the admissions process
    4. Students will be notified of the final outcome of the admissions process
    5. Applications will be considered for one admissions cycle only. Students not accepted into an entering class must submit a new application portfolio for the next admissions cycle.
  5. Students should consult with an academic advisor in the Prahl College Center for assistance in preparing to meet eligibility requirements and in submitting the application portfolio.

Additional Information

  1. All required science courses (including BIOL 151, BIOL 152, and BIOL 101 or BIOL 156) and ENGL 101 must be completed with a 3.0 or higher grade. All science courses must have been completed within the last 5 years.
  2. All required nursing and allied health courses (including AHLT 112, AHLT 135, NRSG 100, and NRSG 105, and all NRSG clinical courses) must be completed with a 2.0 or higher grade.
  3. All other support courses required to meet general education requirements (including Psyc 281 and Engl 102, Engl 104, or COMM 200) must be completed with a 2.0 or higher grade.
  4. Students are admitted into the clinical sequence twice a year, in the Fall and Winter semesters.
  5. Prior to the start of the clinical sequence (NRSG 110), students must attend a mandatory program orientation session or the student will be dropped from the course.
  6. Students entering the clinical sequence must submit documentation of a physical exam, including required immunizations and TB testing, at the student's expense. Completed physical forms must be posted on the CastleBranch system by August 1st for Fall admission and December 1st for Winter admission. The physical exam must be no older than 12 months. Students are responsible to submit documentation of annual TB testing while in the program.
  7. Students must submit documentation of current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Acceptable courses include those from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, for health care providers or health professionals. Other CPR courses are not accepted. The BLS course must be a ‘live’ course – online course certifications are not accepted. Copies of current BLS cards are due to be posted on the CastleBranch system by August 1st for Fall admission and December 1st for Winter admission. Students are responsible to maintain ongoing certification and submit documentation to CastleBranch while in the program.

Criminal Background Investigation (CBI) and Drug Screening - Requirements

Currently a CBI is required for all students applying for any Health Science program except: Physical Education, Phlebotomy, and Histologic Tech*.

Criminal Background Investigations & Drug Screens
Michigan law requires criminal background screening for individuals working in most health care settings and facilities. Students in a Health Science Program are affected by this law. Conviction of a criminal offense (felony or misdemeanor) may make a student ineligible to be assigned to a clinical site, making program completion and graduation unattainable.

The start-up packet provides instruction regarding the process to complete and submit the background investigation. Students will not be admitted to any health science program without a clear CBI.

*In some cases, clinical sites may require students to complete additional background investigation and submit to drug screening procedures prior to or during the clinical experience. All background investigations and drug screenings are at the student’s expense.

Conviction of a criminal offense may also make graduates of health science program ineligible for state or national licensure/certification at program completion. All applicants for a health profession license in Michigan are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background investigation prior to licensure/certification.

Program coordinators, faculty, and staff cannot give legal advice to any student regarding potential eligibility/ineligibility based on prior convictions or negative findings on the criminal background investigation. The student should consult an attorney for questions specific to his/her individual case.

ATI TEAS Admissions Exam

The ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is designed to assess a student’s preparedness to enter the health science field. At Mott Community College, students must take the TEAS as part of the basic eligibility requirements for entry into the Associate degree in Nursing program.

The TEAS measures basic essential skills in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS are those that are deemed most relevant to measure entry-level academic readiness of nursing program applicants.

Guidelines for Students Taking the ATI TEAS

Program Handbook & Other Resource

Licensing and Regulation of Nursing in Michigan

Michigan Board of Nursing

Registered nurses are individually licensed and regulated by the State of Michigan. Nursing is recognized as a separate occupation by the Michigan Public Health Code. Nurses are licensed to ensure that the public receives a high level of care consistent with the law and the standards of the State and the State Board of Nursing. Licensed practical nurses may not practice individually. Rather, they function under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed physician or dentist.

More information regarding licensure as a registered nurse in Michigan can be found at the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs.
Licensing & Regulation of Nursing in Michigan FAQs

Degree Information

  • Credit Hours: 70.5 / 72.5
  • Contact Hours: 130 / 132

Recommended Math Pathway: STEM

Writing Requirements: ENGL-101 or ENGL-103

Degree Pathway

Course Name Course Notes Credit
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Notes
*Must be completed with a 3.0 or higher grade to be eligible for program
^Must be completed with a 2.0 or higher grade to be eligible for program
**Place into MATH-130 or completion of MATH-120 with a 2.0 or higher grade
^^ Must be completed with a 3.0 or higher grade

Graduation, NCLEX-RN, & Employment Rates

Nursing Program Four-Year Data (2013-2016)

NCLEX-RN

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four US territories. NCSBN is the vehicle through which boards of nursing act and counsel together to provide regulatory excellence for public health, safety, and welfare. The Michigan Board of Nursing is a member of the NCSBN.

The NCLEX-RN is developed and owned by the NCSBN. NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a nationwide examination used for the licensing of nurses in the United States since 1994. To ensure public protection, each board of nursing requires a candidate for licensure to pass the NCLEX examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) or practical nurses (NCLEX-PN). The NCLEX examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level.

After program completion, a graduate from the ADN Nursing program at Mott Community College takes the NCLEX-RN to receive his or her registered nursing license. A nursing license gives the individual permission to practice nursing in the state that issues the license. The current expected level of achievement on the NCLEX-RN is an 85% pass rate for first-time testers.
Source: www.ncsbn.org

Mott Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates (1st time testers)
Year # Tested # Passed % Pass Rate Nat'l Average (%)
2013 129 104 80.62% 83.04%
2014 107 88 82.24% 81.79%
2015 130 113 86.92% 84.53%
2016 137 129 94.16% 85.26%
2014-2016 3-year average     88.24% 83.86%

Graduation Rates

The ADN Nursing program at Mott Community College graduates students twice a year – at the end of the Fall semester and the end of the Spring term (Winter semester until 2014). Program completion, or graduation rates are assessed on the basis of completion within 150% of the length of the clinical sequence of the program. The clinical sequence consists of four full and two half semesters. The expected level of achievement is completion within 150% of program length, or less than 7.5 semesters, after admission to the clinical sequence of the program.

Academic Year Cohort Total # Graduates # Grads in < 7.5 Semesters % Total Grad in < 7.5 Semesters
2012-2013 Fall 2012 50 48 96.0%
2012-2013 Winter 2013 80 77 96.3%
2013-2014 Fall 2013 71 68 95.8%
2013-2014 Spring 2014 71 68 95.8%
2014-2015 Fall 2014 62 62 100.0%
2014-2015 Spring 2015 68 66 97.1%
2015-2016 Fall 2015 70 69 98.6%
2015-2016 Spring 2016 63 63 100.0%
2012-2016 4-Year Total 500 489 97.8%

Nursing Program Employment Data

Surveys of ADN Nursing program graduates are completed approximately 6-12 months following program completion. Data gathered from graduates includes the rate of employment as a registered nurse. Graduates are specifically asked if they are employed as a registered nurse and in what type of setting. The following represents employment rates for the past three years.

Employment Rates December 2013 - June 2016
Academic Year Cohort % of Graduates Employed
2013-2014 December 2013 96%
2013-2014 May 2014 100%
2014-2105 December 2014 100%
2014-2015 June 2015 100%
2015-2016 December 2015 71% *
2015-2016 June 2016 Data Incomplete

* 29% of this cohort had not sought positions as an RN at the time of the survey.

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