Nursing, Practical

Practical Nurse


A practical nursing certificate prepares students to function as beginning licensed practical nurses and members of the health team under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician or dentist in the care of stable individuals with acute and chronic illnesses.

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.

Monroe County Community College’s program offers learning opportunities in the classroom, laboratory setting and clinical setting and 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. Students may also be eligible for licensure in other states; students are encouraged to contact a state’s board of nursing for eligibility requirements.

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.

Practical nursing is an excellent entry-level career choice, and graduates may qualify to complete advanced degrees in nursing with more education.

Application Information

The Practical Nursing (PN) Program at MCCC is a limited-admission program.  PN program admission requirements are separate from general admission to the College and are subject to change.  To be accepted into the PN program, a student must meet the requirements in effect for the class and year of admission; applications for the PN Program at MCCC are accepted one time per year.  For more information related to how to apply to the PN program, please see the Admission Criteria/General Information and Application/Verification Worksheet weblinks available on the left side of the program’s webpage. 

Continuing Education Information

Upon program completion, students may automatically progress to the PN to RN program option offered by MCCC in the year immediately following program completion. For further information about the MCCC PN to RN option, please visit the PN to RN section of the MCCC website. For information regarding transfer opportunities for this, or any program, please visit the Transfer section of the MCCC website.

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

Program Accreditation

Effective June 27, 2022, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  This candidacy status expires on June 27, 2024. 

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

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

Associate Professor of Nursing
Phone Icon 734-384-4267