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Practical Nursing Certificate

Course OverviewCourse GuideAdditional Information
The laddered Associate Degree Nursing Program consists of Level I Practical Nursing Program and Level II Registered Nurse Program (Level I students and current LPNs). Upon successful completion of Level I, a Practical Nursing Certificate is awarded. This certificate qualifies the graduate to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) in Nursing at the RN level. When the graduate successfully passes the examination, the nursing graduate will be licensed as a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) by the State Board of Nursing. There are no electives in the program. See the prerequisites for admission to Level I.

Required Coursework (33 hours)

ALH 103 Nutrition 3 credits
NUR 104 Fundamentals of Nursing 5 credits
NUR 109 Pharmacology I 2 credits
NUR 111 Medical/Surgical Nursing I 6 credits
NUR 112 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 7 credits
NUR 119 Pharmacology II 2 credits
NUR 129 Pharmacology III 2 credits
NUR 130 Maternity Nursing 3 credits
NUR 131 Pediatric Nursing 3 credits
Total: 33 credits

NOTE: New students must meet the prerequisites prior to admission to Level I.
Effective: Fall 2015
Current as: 11/13/14


GOCC offers both the Certificate of Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing education programs (Laddered programs). Students can enter Level I and Level II nursing programs based upon a competition for available seats.

Students must successfully complete either the Level I program and/or the Level II Associate Degree in Nursing program to become eligible to complete the nationwide NCLEX exam to obtain a state-issued nursing license.

Following licensure, nurses can find employment

opportunities in a multitude of nursing specialties ranging from critical nursing care, flight nursing,long-term care nursing, rehabilitation centers, the military and more. Some nurses choose to join travel agencies where they can accept a different geographical location every 13 weeks. Many nurses are being mandated to pursue their bachelor’s in nursing and/or advanced nursing degrees.

Glen Oaks Community College is looking forward to becoming ACEN accredited in the future. Our nursing program is presently fully approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Employment Information
Nurses provide and coordinate client care, educate clients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to clients and their family members.Duties of nurses include:

  • Record clients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer clients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for clients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe clients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach clients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the clients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer clients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly clients. Some nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Employment Outlook
Overall, job opportunities for nurses are expected to be good, according to the Department of Labor statistics. Demand for healthcare services will increase because of the aging population, given that older people typically have more medical problems than younger people. Nurses also will be needed to educate and care for clients with various chronic conditions, such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and obesity.