Nursing, Practical

Practical Nurse

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Admission to the program involves three steps: 1) Admission to the college. 2) Completion of pre-application requirements; the Office of Admissions and Guidance confirms that the criteria listed below have been met by the application date of the first Monday in October. 3) Verification of the completion of the program application. Applications must be submitted by the first Monday in October each year. Students must apply every year. 4) Returning students in good standing with the program will be considered for reenrollment/ readmission first. Candidates will be accepted until a class is fully enrolled up to 24 students per class. For detailed application and admission information, please see the Practical Nursing Program Brochure.

Licensed practical nurses provide basic bedside nursing care and are qualified for employment in structured practice settings, including acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, community settings, nursing homes, clinics and physicians’ offices. A practical nursing certificate prepares students to function as beginning licensed practical nurses and members of the health team, under the supervision of the registered nurse, physician or dentist, in the care of stable individuals with acute and chronic illnesses. 

Monroe County Community College’s program offers learning opportunities in the classroom, laboratory setting, and clinical setting. After admission to the program, a total of 38 credit hours of study is required. The practical nursing program is fully approved through the Michigan Board of Nursing. 

Career Opportunities

Upon program completion, students will be prepared and eligible to apply for licensure in the State of Michigan. Students must meet the Michigan Board of Nursing eligibility requirements and successfully pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) in order to become a licensed practical nurse. 

Currently, the greatest employment opportunities for practical nurses are in extended care and community settings. With experience, practical nurses may also function in providing nursing care in specialized areas, including, but not limited to, home health and hospice settings, and in charge nurse and management positions in extended care facilities and nursing homes. 

The average salary for licensed practical nurses in Michigan is $45,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017). Practical nursing is an excellent entry-level career choice, and graduates may qualify to complete advanced degrees in nursing with more education.

Program Approval

The MCCC Practical Nursing program is fully approved through the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Michigan Board of Nursing
Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs
PO Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-1820
Michigan Board of Nursing

Nursing, Practical Contact Information

Kim Lindquist

Dean of Health Sciences/Director of Nursing
Phone Icon 734-384-4101

Lori Biggs

Nursing Program Coordinator
Phone Icon 734-384-4248

Holly Boylan

Associate Professor of Nursing
Phone Icon 734-384-4175

Lindi McClure

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Phone Icon 734-384-4267