Nursing, PN to RN Option

PN to RN

Curriculum/Degree Requirements

This program option provides an opportunity for students that hold an active, unencumbered license as a practical or vocational nurse to pursue an associate of applied science in nursing degree. Students accepted into the option will complete coursework that prepares them to enter the traditional registered nursing program. Once completed, students transition into the traditional program for the final third and fourth semesters of nursing study. Graduates earn an associate of applied science degree with specialization in nursing and are prepared to function as beginning registered nurses and members of the health care team. Registered nurses are qualified to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, extended care facilities and physicians’ offices. With experience, nurses may also participate in providing skilled care in more specialized areas, including psychiatric units, emergency departments, pediatric and obstetric units, critical care units and home health settings. Job pay is exceptional, averaging $75,330 annually for practicing nurses according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020), and nursing is a flexible and mobile career choice.

Application Information

The MCCC PN to RN Option is a selective admissions program. Nursing program applicants must meet minimum criteria to be considered for the option.  Only applicants who meet established minimum criteria by the deadline will be considered for admission.  Seats are limited according to the number of MCCC Practical Nursing graduates that automatically progress into the option and the number of returning students requesting readmission.  Applications for the option are accepted one time per year – the first Monday in March of each year.  Please refer to the PN to RN Option Brochure and the link provided for detailed information regarding pre-application requirements, selection criteria, and the option’s plan of study. 

Transfer Information

Upon program completion, students may be eligible to enroll in a RN to BSN completion program. MCCC’s RN program has articulation with several four-year university partners. For information regarding transfer opportunities for this or any program, please go to the Transfer section of the college’s website.

Program Approval

The MCCC Registered Nursing Program is fully approved through the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Michigan Board of Nursing
Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Professional Licensing
611 W. Ottawa
PO Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909
Michigan Board of Nursing

ACEN AccreditationProgram Accreditation

The Associate of Applied Science – Nursing program at Monroe County Community College located in Monroe, Michigan is accredited by the 

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

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.  View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at


Winter 2024 Open Lab Hours 

Monday: 8:00-3:00pm 
Tuesday: 8:00-3:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00-3:00pm
Thursday: 8:00-3:30pm
Friday & Saturday hours available on the master calendar

*Please note times may fluctuate with lab and skills days
Please see Master Skills Lab Calendar for specific dates and times. Any questions, please call the Nursing Skills Lab at 734-384-4339

Winter 2024 Open Lab Master Calendar

Nursing, PN to RN Option Contact Information

Helen Stripling

Interim Dean Health Sciences
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Rachel Knabusch

Division Coordinator
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Lori Biggs

Nursing Program Coordinator
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Nicole Garner

Interim Director of Nursing, Professor of Nursing
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Tracy Giacomini

Associate Professor of Nursing
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Dawn Lymond

Associate Professor of Nursing
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Denise Robinson

Professor of Nursing
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Michelle Schwartz

Associate Professor of Nursing
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