Nursing Division

Program Information

For more detailed information, please review the full program description pages below:

LPN to RN Program

Registered Nurse Program

The course sequences for the programs may be found in the Nursing HandbookPDF icon

Students who are not currently nurses, and are interested in pursuing the Nursing program at Glen Oaks Community College, must meet with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences ideally before, and no later than during, their first semester at Glen Oaks Community College. Students who are not currently nurses should not enroll in their second semester of classes until they have met with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences. Current LPNs must meet with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences before enrolling in any classes.

Advising Process for Potential Nursing Students

Step One — Meet with Your Advisor
Your advisor will interpret your test scores and review your transcripts, if available, explain how the nursing program works, and help you to determine what prerequisite classes you will need to complete.

Step Two — Meet with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences
Prior to meeting with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences you must:

  1. Provide Glen Oaks Community College up-to-date test scores
  2. If applicable, submit Official college transcripts and have them evaluated by the Registration Office in Student Services.

To make an appointment with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences call: (269) 294-4333

Step Three — Register for Classes
All students are required to have completed Orientation and either have been awarded financial aid or signed-up for a payment plan before registering for classes.

Background Checks

Criminal background checks are mandatory for all nursing students at the student’s own expense.

All information gained will be held in strictest confidence.

Students with criminal convictions
should consider another profession

Students with felonies or certain misdemeanor convictions will NOT be admitted as outlined below.

Students entering a nursing program must give permission to do a criminal history check to comply with Michigan Compiled Laws, Section 333.20173. No student will be admitted to the program if convicted of a felony, or attempt/conspiracy to commit a felony within 15 years preceding the date of admission; or a misdemeanor conviction involving abuse, neglect, assault, battery, criminal sexual conduct, fraud, theft (or similar misdemeanor in state or federal law) against a vulnerable adult within 10 years of conviction.

Additionally, ANY criminal convictions may prevent admission to the nursing program. Applicants should know that criminal activity of any sort may prevent:

  1. Clinical placements in the program (making success in the program impossible).
  2. The ability to be licensed as a nurse.
  3. Employment in the field of nursing. Employers do not have to hire anyone with a criminal background and some employers are refusing to hire those who have past criminal history.

Criminal activity associated with substance abuse is particularly damaging to the candidacy of an applicant.

Currently the Michigan State Board of Nursing investigates candidates eligible to sit for nursing licensure for the following issues:

  1. Felony conviction
  2. Misdemeanor conviction punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of 2 years
  3. Treatment for substance abuse in the past 2 years
  4. Malpractice settlements. Awards or judgments in the past 5 years
  5. Having federal or state health professional license or registration revoked, suspended, or otherwise disciplined; been denied a license; or currently with disciplinary action pending against the applicant
  6. Having been fired, censured, or requested to withdraw from a health care agency staff or have your staff privileges involuntarily modified
  7. Filed or written a licensing application in another US jurisdiction
  8. Filed a license application in Michigan
  9. Hold another license in another state

A determination is made by the state at that point whether or not the candidate may be licensed as a nurse. No one at GOCC can make the decision about eligibility for licensing as a nurse. We can only confer a certificate or degree, not a state license to practice nursing or any other healthcare occupation. Questions or concerns about licensing should be directed to the MSBON or to the state agency regulating other healthcare occupations.

Due to recent enactment of a new Michigan law, many health care employers are routinely not hiring anyone with criminal backgrounds, regardless of licensure status. Also, all health care agencies routinely drug screen applicants for jobs and employees randomly to maintain patient safety and to curtail the employer’s liability.

Immunization Policy

Immunization policy records are maintained by the Nursing Office to meet the requirements of contracts maintained with clinical sites participating in the education of our student nurses. This policy must be adhered to by ALL nursing students. Entry into the program will be denied to anyone not willing to follow the policy since Glen Oaks would not be able to place you in clinicals; therefore, you would not be able to complete the program.

Students entering Glen Oak’s Nursing program are required to submit evidence of immunizations on a health record or physical form completed by your physician as follows:

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
Students born in or after 1957 must:

  • Have proof of two (2) MMRs in your file. If you have no proof of two (2) MMRs you must receive them before entry into the program, the doses should be one month apart, so you would need to have the first one two (2) months before your classes start, and the 2nd one NO LATER THAN one (1) month prior to 1st day of class.
  • In lieu of getting the MMR’s you may get titers drawn for Measles, Mumps and Rubella but they must prove immunity to each disease, otherwise you will need to get the MMRs.

Students born before 1957 must:

  • Have one documented MMR
  • Submit *titer for Rubella showing immunity
    PLEASE NOTE: Measles vaccinations may temporarily suppress tuberculin reactivity, therefore, tuberculin testing should be postponed 4-6 weeks after receiving an MMR immunization. MMR should not be given to women known to be pregnant or who are considering becoming pregnant within 3 months of immunization.
Hepatitis B
Proof of Hepatitis B immunity through submission of a health record showing the 3 Hepatitis B shot series OR Hep B Surface (AB) Anti-Body *titer is REQUIRED. If you are just starting the series of three shots, you need to know that 2 shots must be done before you can start clinicals. The third shot is administered 4 to 6 months later so this series takes about 5-7 months to complete. If you are getting the series for the first time to enter the program, you WILL need a titer drawn after completing the series.
Chicken Pox
Proof of immunity by *titer or 2 vaccinations.
Tuberculin (TB) Testing
A TB test with negative results is required yearly. If there has been a previous positive reading you will need to get a Chest X-ray for your record showing you do not have TB. Those are required every 2 years.

PLEASE NOTE: Measles vaccinations may temporarily suppress tuberculin reactivity, therefore, tuberculin testing should be postponed 4-6 weeks after receiving an MMR immunization.
Tetanus, Diptheria & Pertussis (TDAP)
One time dose of TDAP as soon as feasible to all Health Care Provider’s (HCP) who have not received TDAP previously. Get TD boosters every 10 years thereafter.
Flu Shot(s)
Yearly Influenza Vaccine(s) IN SEASON (FALL/WINTER).
COVID-19 Vaccination
Completion of an FDA-authorized vaccination or series of vaccinations is required.

*titer – a titer is a blood test that shows antibodies sufficient to produce immunity

Nursing Program Prerequisites

Students applying for the Nursing program may need to take the free ALEKS Placement Assessment prior to registration for classes OR place into classes based on qualifying ACT or SAT scores.

(See a Student Services Advisor for information about ALEKS & ACT/SAT scores)
  • 1 credit of high school Algebra AND placement into MATH 104 Intermediate Algebra on GOCC ALEKS, OR qualifying ACT/SAT scores, OR MATH 100 Introductory Algebra with 2.5 or higher grade
  • ALH 218 Medical Terminology (3 credit course) (3cr)
    (will accept a 2 credit transfer course-if it is equivalent to ALH 218)
  • ENG 121 English Composition I (3cr)
  • BIO 101 Human Biology I* (3cr) (non-Nursing pre-req) (may be taken concurrently with *BIO 210 Human Anatomy & Physiology)
  • BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I (4cr)
REQUIRED non-nursing curriculum courses below may be taken with the Nursing courses OR prior to starting the Nursing Program
  • ENG 122 English Composition II (3cr)
  • BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II (4cr)
  • PSY 101 Psychology* (4cr) (non-Nursing pre-req)

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes

CONCEPTS Upon completion of the nursing program, the graduate shall demonstrate the role and function of the registered nurse as evidenced by:
Client-Centered Care Nursing graduates will coordinate client-centered care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
Safety Nursing graduates will integrate nursing care that promotes safe practice.
Teamwork & Collaboration Nursing graduates will collaborate within nursing and interdisciplinary teams in the delivery of optimal care.
Evidence-Based Practice Nursing graduates will integrate current evidence-based practice in clinical decision-making.
Critical Thinking Nursing graduates will demonstrate critical thinking to affect optimal client outcomes.
Informatics & Technology Nursing graduates will incorporate the use of information and electronic technology to support decision-making.

Program Outcomes

Licensure Pass Rate (January 1 through June 30, 2022)
Year Glen Oaks Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for traditional ADN Graduates Glen Oaks Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for LPN-RN Track ADN Graduates Glen Oaks Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for Total ADN Graduates
Jan 1 –
June 30
17/18 (94.4%) 4/5 (80%) 21/23 (91.3%)


Program Completion Rate
(calculated at 100% on time completion)
Year Glen Oaks Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for traditional ADN Graduates Glen Oaks Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for LPN-RN Track ADN Graduates Glen Oaks Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for Total ADN Graduates
2022 21/38 (55.3%) 4/5 (80%) 25/43 (58.1%)


Job Placement
(within 3 months of graduation of those responding to survey)
Year Glen Oaks Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for traditional ADN Graduates Glen Oaks Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for LPN-RN Track ADN Graduates Glen Oaks Community College NCLEX-RN Pass Rates for Total ADN Graduates
2022 16/17 (94.1%) 3/4 (75%) 19/21 (91%)

Program Accreditation

GOCC offers the Registered Nursing education program. Students can enter the program based upon a competition for available seats. Students must successfully complete the Associate Degree in Nursing program to become eligible to complete the nationwide NCLEX exam in order to obtain a state-issued nursing license.

This program prepares you to take the NCLEX exam in the state of Michigan. Graduates who want to practice in other states should review those requirements via that Board of Nursing. For Board of Nursing requirements in other states, please see the NCSBN website.

The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree from Glen Oaks Community College is fully approved by the Michigan Board of NursingPDF icon.

Letter from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs regarding accreditation PDF icon.

Effective March 28, 2022, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on March 28, 2024.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

Michigan NCLEX – First Time Pass Rate
January – December, 2020

1/1/20 – 12/31/20 Total Delivered Total Passed % Pass Rate
National 177,393 153,579 86.58%
Michigan 4,891 4,354 89.02%
Glen Oaks 15 13 86.67%


1/1/21 – 12/31/21 Total Delivered Total Passed % Pass Rate
National 185,056 152,642 82.48%
Michigan 5,280 4,349 82.37%
Glen Oaks 18 15 83.33%



How do I apply to the Nursing Program?

You must complete a Glen Oaks College application, have taken orientation and the college ACCUPLACER entrance test, and get information for financial aid (if necessary). THEN you may interview with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences for help with your plan for entering the program and submit your nursing application at that time, or after, to the Associate Dean of Health Sciences – nursing office!!!!! This is very important as you will receive the most current information on changes which have or may be taking place in the program.

Does Glen Oaks have a waiting list?

No, we have a testing-in procedure that we follow for admission into the program.

What is the testing procedure and what is the test?

We now have a FREE test for entrance. Sign up sheets are posted on the pre-nursing bulletin board outside the nursing office, and you MUST have seen the Associate Dean of Health Sciences and turned in your nursing application to sign into a test session.

Students who pass the Kaplan Entrance Test with a minimum score of 65 are given a ranking score. The ranking core formula consists of the following: Test score = 75% + GPA of Prerequisites = 25% to equal 100%

The 40 students with the highest ranking scores will be admitted into the Nursing Program.

Will my classes transfer from other colleges?

Previous nursing courses will not transfer, however there are a lot of general education classes in the program that will transfer. All equivalency (pre-requisite) courses with a 2.5 GPA or better are transferable for the Glen Oaks nursing program. You must transfer them officially, from your institution to ours.

Is the program full or part time, night or day?

At this point in time we have only a full time program and it is a daytime program only.

Is Financial Aid available?

Yes it is, contact the Financial Aid Office at Glen Oaks.

If I am not currently a Glen Oaks Student, How do I keep updated on information I need to come into the program?

Please call the Nursing Office at 269-294-4333 to schedule and appointment with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences.
By keeping up with the information on the nursing webpage. This is the easiest way for you to get information. You MUST meet with the Associate Dean of Health Sciences before you apply to the nursing program. Visit the website regularly for updates and requirement information. You may also call, email or stop in to the office at any time.

If I don’t qualify when I test, does my application get moved automatically to the next year, and will my test score be reusable the next year or do I need to test again?

You must re-submit an application to be considered and yes, you can keep your test score or retake the test to attempt a higher score…with the most recent test score being used to determine eligibility. Test scores can only be used within a year from the original test date.