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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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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 within the last 5 years. A satisfactory grade in RDNG 030, ENGL 100, or ACLT 075 within the last 5 years will also meet this requirement.
  3. Demonstrate math proficiency by placing into MATH 130 on the ACCUPLACER placement test within the last 5 years, or completion of MATH 120 with a grade of 2.0 or higher within the last 5 years.
  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
  5. Complete the following courses with a 2.0 or higher grade (including transfer credits):
    1. a. AHLT 112 – Nutrition for Health
    2. b. AHLT 135 – Dosages & Solutions (within the last 2 years)
    3. c. NRSG 100 – Pharmacology & Therapeutics (within the last 2 years)
  6. Complete all required courses in no more than 2 attempts (exceptions: Fresh Start and course updates).
  7. Maintain a cumulative Mott GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  8. Complete the HESI Admission Assessment with a minimum score of 75% in each of the following content areas: math, reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and anatomy and physiology. 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.
  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 Spring 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 HESI Admission Assessment 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. Receipt for completed criminal background investigation (CBI)
  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 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. A maximum of 80 students are admitted in each of those 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 exam forms are due to the Division office (CM 2313) by June 1st for Fall admission and October 1st for Winter admission. The physical exam must be no older than 6 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 care professionals only. 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 the Division office (CM 2313) by June 1st for Fall admission and October 1st for Winter admission. Students are responsible to maintain ongoing certification and submit documentation to the Division office while in the program.

Criminal Background Investigation & Drug Screens

Michigan law requires criminal background screening for individuals working in certain health care facilities. Conviction of a criminal offense (felony or misdemeanor) may make the student ineligible to be assigned to a clinical site, making program completion/graduation unattainable. In addition, conviction may make the graduate ineligible to take the licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). In order to ensure that the student can participate in required clinical experiences, he/she must have an acceptable criminal background investigation (CBI). The CBI must be completed within 6 months of application to the program, at the student's expense. Additional CBIs may be required, including at the time of application for professional licensure. Some clinical agencies may require additional CBIs and/or require students to submit to drug screening procedures, prior to or during the clinical experience. The student is responsible for all costs related to these screens. A positive drug screen may make the student ineligible to begin or continue in the program.

Criminal Background Check (CBI) & Fingerprinting Forms

A criminal background check and fingerprint scan is required to apply to the program. Must be picked up in the Health Sciences Division Office CM2313.

Return completed forms to the Health Sciences Division Office CM2313.

Students will not be admitted to the program without a negative CBI.

Program Handbook and Forms

Licensing & 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

The nursing program is also 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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What degree will I earn when I complete the Nursing program?

Graduates of the Nursing program earn an Associate degree in Applied Sciences – Nursing. This degree may also be referred to as an Associate degree in Nursing, or ADN.

What kind of career in nursing does this degree prepare graduates to enter?

The Nursing program at Mott prepares graduates to assume positions as registered nurses, following completion of state licensure requirements.

What are the state licensure requirements?

Each state has its own requirements regarding licensure to practice as a registered nurse (RN). Licensure requires completion of a nationally standardized test. The National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is the exam that must be completed as part of the requirements for licensure in Michigan and other states. In addition, the graduate must submit an application for licensure to the State Board of Nursing and complete a criminal background investigation, prior to state approval to take the licensure exam. There may be additional requirements, depending on the specific state regulations.

What is the cost of licensure?

Currently, in Michigan, initial licensure costs approximately $330.00 ($54.00 License Application Fee, $60.00-75.00 Criminal Background Investigation, $200.00 testing fee). Note: These fees are subject to change at any time.

Following initial licensure, relicensure is required every two years. At the present time, there is a $54.00 relicensure fee (subject to change).

Are there any other requirements for licensure or re-licensure?

All nurses registered in Michigan must complete 25 contact hours of continuing education (including 1 contact hour related to Pain Management) over the course of the two-year licensure period. Specific rules related to continuing education are available from the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/LARA_Nursing_CE_Brochure_5-11_376431_7.pdf ).

Does Mott have an LPN (licensed practical nurse) program?

At the present time, Mott does not offer a program preparing licensed practical nurses.

Does Mott offer an option for LPNs who wish to complete their associate degree (RN program)?

Yes, Mott has a pathway for entry into the associate degree program for graduates from Michigan-approved LPN programs. LPNs wishing to pursue this pathway should meet with a Nursing Program Coordinator for information and evaluation of their prior academic records.

Where do ‘clinicals’ take place?

Mott student nurses will be assigned to a variety of health care settings for the clinical portion of the program. Clinical agencies include acute care, long-term care, out-patient, and community settings. In addition, individual patient care settings inside the agency vary from adult to pediatric, basic care to skilled care to intensive care, surgery, mental health, geriatrics, obstetrics, and other specialty areas. Some of the clinical agencies utilized today include:
  • Genesys Regional Medical Center
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • McLaren – Flint Campus
  • McLaren – Lapeer Campus
  • Genesys Convalescent Center
  • Heartland Health Care – Fostrian
  • Lapeer Medical Care Facility
  • Community Mental Health
  • Many other sites

What is a competitive admissions process?

A competitive admissions process is based on an established set of minimum eligibility requirements. Then, student credentials are evaluated and a weighted formula is applied to each requirement. The student who exceeds the minimal requirements, and whose weighted score is higher will receive preference over students with a lower weighted score. The criteria used to evaluate the student’s ranking will be an objective process, based on predetermined criteria. Points will be awarded to students only at the time they are being considered for admission.

How does the competitive admissions process at Mott work?

All students who meet the minimum eligibility requirements and submit an application portfolio by the deadline date will be considered for potential program admission. A weighted formula will be applied to the eligibility requirements and the scores totaled to give the student’s final competitive score. Scores will be placed in ranked order, from highest score to the lowest. Admission into the program will be made from this ranking. Only students who meet the minimum eligibility requirements will be evaluated through this ranking process.

Give me an example of how the ranking works?

For example, the minimum MCC GPA is 3.0. Suppose a multiplier of 10 is applied to the student’s GPA: a student with a 3.0 GPA would receive 30 points (GPA x 10). Another student, with a 4.0 GPA, would receive 40 points (same formula: grade x 10). So, the student with the 4.0 GPA receives a higher score for his overall GPA.

Similarly, a student’s grade in the six eligibility courses are also given a multiplier weight of 10. For example: one student receives a 3.0 grade in BIOL 151 and receives 30 points (grade x 10); another student earns a 3.5 grade in the same course and is awarded 35 points (grade x 10). Again, the student with the higher grade in Aamp;P I will receive a higher score for his grade. The remaining criteria will be evaluated in a similar manner.

All weighted criteria scores will be added to calculate the student’s ranking value.

What is the Application Portfolio?

The application portfolio is a collection of all documentation that shows a student has met the minimum program eligibility requirements, or criteria. The portfolio must include:
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Supplemental application for admission to the Nursing program, by the deadline date for the semester the student is seeking admission
  • Checklist that summarizes completion of all requirements
  • Copy of HESI Admission Assessment results
  • Student copy of transcripts for all transfer coursework (an official transcript must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office in order for course equivalencies to be applied to the MCC transcript)
  • Receipt for completed criminal background investigation (CBI)

When and where to I submit my application portfolio?

The completed portfolio must be submitted to the Health Sciences Division Office by the established deadline dates. Prior to submission, students must meet with an Academic Advisor to have the portfolio reviewed.
  • By January 31 for admission in the September (Fall) class
  • By June 30 for admission in the January (Winter) class
  • Only complete portfolios will be considered in the admissions process
  • All eligibility coursework and other requirements must have been completed prior to the application deadline; consideration will not be given for coursework or other requirements that are in-progress at the time of application
  • Applications will be considered for one admission cycle only. Students not accepted into an entering class must submit a new application portfolio for the next admission cycle

Will I receive extra consideration during the admissions process if I have a CNA, EMT, or other health-related credential?

No, these credentials are not required for the program and do not carry any weight during the admissions process.

What if I don’t have enough points to be admitted in a semester?

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. Final determination of program entry will be made by a competitive process. Students who are not ranked high enough to qualify for admission for the semester must submit a new application portfolio for the next application cycle. The student’s application will be considered, using the process described above.

I have a misdemeanor on my record. Does this mean that I can’t get into the program?

That is a hard question to answer, since the Michigan statute is very complex. For the most accurate determination, the student must submit a background check (information on the website) and have it sent to the Division of Health Sciences. The coordinator will review it and submit it to the College attorney for determination. His determination will be made after a thorough research of the individual’s actual criminal record and comparison to the various terms of the law. No evaluation can be made without this review of the actual record.

What expenses should I expect while I’m in the program?

In addition to regular tuition and course fees, books, and other registration costs, students will need to submit a criminal background check within six months of program entry, complete a physical exam and required immunizations, and provide documentation of current BLS certification prior to entry into the clinical sequence. In addition, all students will need to purchase approved uniforms, shoes, a stethoscope, and other routine supplies.

Will I have to undergo drug testing?

Drug testing currently is not part of the regular admissions process, however it may be required at any time. Nurses, including student nurses, may not be under the influence of any mind-altering substance. This includes legal and illegal, prescribed and non-prescribed (or over-the-counter) substances, including medical marijuana. Any student who exhibits behavior that indicates he/she may be under the influence of a drug, alcohol, or other substance will be dismissed from the clinical area and required to submit to drug screening (at the student’s expense). In addition, individual clinical sites may require drug testing of students at any point during the program. Finally, each employer requires drug screening as part of the employment process.

Is it true that I can’t smoke at most hospitals?

Yes, this is true. Each of the clinical agencies (including in-patient, out-patient, clinic, other settings) have policies that prohibit smoking on the premises. Some agencies will allow smoking in individual cars, but others have strict policies making their campus properties totally smoke-free (individuals cannot smoke until they have exited the premises).

Each of the agencies provide some type of smoking cessation assistance for its employees. In addition, some health care facilities have taken their no-smoking policies a step further and do not hire any individual who tests positive for nicotine on routine drug testing. Check with the specific employer for their exact policies and practices.

While we do not require students to quit smoking to participate in the program, we do require that they adhere to the agency policies and practice hygiene procedures to remove all traces of smoke from their hair, bodies, and uniforms.

What about e-cigarettes?

Use of e-cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or any similar device is not allowed in the clinical area or in any of the rooms or facilities at the clinical site (patient rooms, public areas, lounges, break rooms, cafeteria, etc.).

What if I still have questions?

Contact an academic advisor in the Advising Center (PCC 2040) or a Nursing Program Coordinator (CM 2313).
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