Nursing: Common Questions & Answers


1. HOW LONG IS THE WAITING LIST?

There is no waiting list at MCCC. The top  students are admitted each fall/ winter semesters, based on an admission points system.
 
2. HOW MANY POINTS DO I NEED TO GET INTO THE NURSING PROGRAM?

The point system is designed to take the top students, regardless of point totals.  Total points for acceptance in a given application cycle depends on the quality of the pool of applicants.  There is no way to predict the minimum number of points that guarantees admission.  It will vary from year to year. 

3. WHAT CAN I DO TO INCREASE MY CHANCES OF GETTING ACCEPTED INTO THE NURSING PROGRAM?
 

Review carefully the admission criteria.  Make sure that you have met all minimum criteria outlined in the Catalog under "Step Two" of the nursing program admission criteria.  Lack of documentation in any area will result in your being disqualified as a candidate for the selection process.  It is your responsibility to check to make sure that all needed data have been recorded and that data from other sources reach us by the application deadline. 

To increase your chances for acceptance make an appointment with an admissions counselor for further guidance. 

4. SHOULD I REPEAT THE A.C.T. EXAM? 

This is a test in which the score can be improved by study.  ACT preparation guides are available in most bookstores.  The college will take the higher score achieved, so there is no risk in repeating the test.  New scores must reach the college by the application deadline. 
 

5. SHOULD I REPEAT BIOLOGY OR CHEMISTRY? 

Generally, we do not recommend repeating the sciences unless you are approaching the ten year deadline and feel you need the review of the content in order to be successful in your nursing and support courses. 

6. DOES MY PAST RELATED EXPERIENCE HELP? 


Past experience in work, school, or volunteering does not increase total points.  These experiences may assist you in validating that you are making the correct career choice, an essential ingredient in being successful in the nursing program. 

7. I HAVE BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL A NUMBER OF YEARS (HAVE A DEGREE).  MUST I TAKE THE A.C.T. EXAM? 


Yes, you must.  There are no exceptions.  The admission system relies on the data categories to be the same for each candidate. 

8. HOW MANY APPLICANTS GET IN? 


Sixty (60) are admitted each year, 30 students in the Fall and 30 students in the Winter semester.  When an accepted student refuses a seat, an alternate candidate is chosen.  Alternates not accepted in a given semester return to the applicant pool for the next semester and are given additional points to recognize their alternate status. 

9. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF "GETTING IN?"


There is no way to predict a person's chances.  It will depend on the pool of qualified applicants for that specific semester.  The process is competitive and one in which the numbers or quality of the pool of applicants cannot be predicted. 

10. WILL I STILL GET ACCEPTED WITH A "C" IN BIOLOGY OR CHEMISTRY? 


Yes, you can be admitted with a "C" in the science courses.  The key is that you have a stronger profile in another area to increase your points total. 


11. HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE EVERYTHING IN MY FOLDER? 


It is recommended that you call or stop by the Admissions Office in the Administration Building to check your folder before the application deadline.  An Admissions Counselor can tell you if your folder is complete.  Call 734-384-4303 or stop by Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that your folder is complete. 

12. WHAT DOES IT MEAN BY "MOST RECENT ACADEMIC INSTITUTION?" 

This means the school in which you are currently enrolled as of the deadline date, OR last school you attended (high school, college, or university).  For dual enrolled high school students, the high school G.P.A. is used and students are awarded points for credit hours successfully completed.

13. WILL MY AGE OR SEX AFFECT MY ADMISSION INTO THE PROGRAM? 

No.  Age, sex, or any other defining characteristic cannot affect your admission into the nursing program.  Age or sex or any other such information are not a part of the selection process in any way.  There is no way for the computer to consider this data, even if we had it (which we do not).  The age range in the nursing classes is usually varied.  It would not be unusual to have a range of 17 years old to 50 plus years old.  There are usually men in every class as well. 

14. WHY ARE ENGLISH 151 AND PSYCHOLOGY 151 REQUIRED BEFORE THE FIRST NURSING CLASS (NURSING 103)? 

The order of classes in the nursing program has been carefully considered to ensure that students have the prerequisite knowledge needed to be successful in the nursing program.  The content and skills learned in these classes are needed in the first nursing course, and thus incomplete grades given for these classes are also highly discouraged.  Failure to complete these classes successfully will cause you to be ineligible to begin the nursing program.  Trying to complete old course work while in the nursing program is extremely difficult. 

15. DO LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES (L.P.N.s) GET SPECIAL TREATMENT? 


No. However, students who complete the MCCC PN Program and are admitted based on points, may be given advanced standing for NURS 103.