The practical nursing program is currently suspended and not accepting applicants.

The practical nursing program prepares students to provide nursing care to patients and their families in hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, home health care agencies and health clinics. The program of study combines nursing theory lectures with planned patient care learning experiences in hospitals, nursing homes and community health care agencies. Graduates are qualified to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).

Required prerequisite courses may be taken on a full- or part-time basis.

Students pursuing the practical nursing certificate must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 in all nursing courses with no course below a “C”and maintain an overall Northern Michigan University grade point average of 2.00.

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Nursing - Practical department page.

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Total Credits Required 46

Students successfully completing the Practical Nursing program and interested in continuing their education may want to consider a bachelor's degree in Community Health Education. All coursework from the Practical Nursing program can be applied toward the requirements of a degree in Community Health Education. Students interested in this option should contact the School of Health and Human Performance for more information.

*This course is designed for those students that do not plan on continuing on towards a BSN.