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Career Ladder Nursing Program

The Career Ladder Nursing Program is comprised of:

PN PROGRAM
The PN PROGRAM is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing (since November 1970). The program consists of 21-25 semester credits of general education requirements and 23 semester credits of nursing course requirements. These courses provide the basis for an in-depth study of the theory and nursing care of adults, children and families. Clinical experiences include extended care facilities, hospitals, and community agencies where students provide nursing care to geriatric, medical, surgical, maternity and pediatric patients.

Graduates earn a certificate from Lansing Community College and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination - Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Those who pass the examination are entitled to practice as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).

ADN PROGRAM
The ADN PROGRAM is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing, and is accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
(www.acenursing.org)

LCC's nursing program has had continuous accreditation since 1971. The program consists of the PN Program described above with an additional 9-11 semester credits of general education requirements and 21 semester credits of nursing courses.

These courses provide the basis for an in-depth study of the theory and nursing care of children, adults, and families. Clinical experiences include hospitals, home health care agencies, rehabilitation units, and community health organizations where students provide nursing care to mental health, medical, surgical, maternity, and pediatric patients. Students are responsible for applying beginning leadership skills in supervising members of the health team. Student learning experiences progress from simple to complex and use critical thinking skills in applying the nursing process to the care of patients. Graduates earn an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Lansing Community College and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Those who pass the examination are entitled to practice as Registered Nurses (RNs).

PROGRAM DELIVERY OPTIONS (Tracks)

The Career Ladder Nursing Program offers traditional and non-traditional tracks to achieve the Practical Nurse (PN) Certificate of Achievement (Curriculum Code 0235) and/or the Registered Nurse (ADN) Associate in Applied Science Degree (Curriculum Code 0222).

Traditional Track:

  1. 2-year/four-semester track with classes and clinical sessions meeting mornings and/or afternoons during the fall and spring semesters. This track is designed so that the student has class 4-5 days/week and completes the program in two years.

Non-Traditional Tracks:

  1. 3-year/eight-semester track with classes and clinical sessions meeting mornings and/or afternoons. All semesters are 16 weeks, except the summer semesters which are 10 weeks in length. This track is designed so that the student has class 2-3 days/week and completes the program in three years. *International students with F-1 Visas are not eligible for this track. (Historically, of the four nursing tracks, the 3-Year/8-semester track has been the last choice by students. Given the current economic challenges and the trend of choosing the 3-Year/8-semester curriculum last over the other tracks, the admission cycle for the 3-Year/8-semester curriculum may change in the future. Students will be notified, prior to the selective admission deadline, of any changes.)
  2. Advanced standing to RN track is designed for practical nurses, respiratory therapists, and paramedics (including those who were certified as EMT-Paramedics prior to 2002) who hold unrestricted current Michigan licensure and have work experience. Classes and clinical sessions meet mornings and/or afternoons for three semesters beginning with a 10-week summer session, then continue through fall and spring semesters.
  3. 2nd degree accelerated track is designed for individuals who possess a Bachelor's, or higher degree, in any major. Classes and clinical sessions meet mornings and/or Afternoons and/or weekends. This track begins in mid-September, continues through spring, summer and fall, with completion in December of the next year.

Classes in all tracks meet face-to-face and some are on-line sessions. The non-traditional options consist of more hybrid classes which are a combination of face-to-face and on-line.

MANDATORY PRE-NURSING ADVISING SEMINAR

Students who plan to apply to the nursing program must attend a mandatory Pre-Nursing Advising Seminar. Dates are established by the Counseling and Advising Office (call 517/483-1904 for upcoming dates) or click here to see scheduled dates. Students MUST read the Nursing Advising Guide THOROUGHLY BEFORE attending a seminar.


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Health and Human Services
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