*Students may take the NATP 115 - Nursing Assistant Course (6 credits) for eligibility to take the Michigan Nurse Aide Exam to be placed on the state registry.
Schoolcraft offers students several options when preparing for a career in this vital healthcare field: nursing assistant training, practical nursing, advanced placement for licensed practical nurses, and registered nursing education.
- The nursing assistant course (6 credits) provides students with the opportunity for an entry-level healthcare position primarily in extended care facilities, home health agencies, or hospitals. The course is three days a week during fall, winter, and spring semesters. A five day a week (over four weeks) course is offered during the summer semester. Students who meet the nursing assistant course requirements or the Nursing Assistant Training Program skills certificate requirements are eligible to take the Michigan nursing assistant competency exam to be on the state registry. The nursing assistant preparation course is approved by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Bureau of Community and Health Systems. A minimum overall grade of 75% for theory and satisfactory completion of laboratory and clinical competencies is needed for successful course completion and eligibility to take the Michigan nursing assistant exam. Students must meet health and clinical requirements, have a negative drug screen on first attempt (marijuana use still prohibited), and pass a criminal background check.
- The Nursing Assistant Training Program skills certificate includes the nursing assistant course and additional general education credits that prepare students for further studies in healthcare. Students need to attain a minimum of 16 credits for this optional certificate.
- The Nursing: Practical (PN) certificate is an option at the end of the first year of the registered nurse program. Students complete the first year courses plus a specific practical nursing leadership course during the summer semester. Preparation provides students with eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).
- The Nursing: Registered (RN) associate degree of applied science (AAS) program qualifies students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) and provides the academic background needed for further education in a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program.
- Licensed Practical Nurse Advanced Placement option (LPN-RN) offers LPNs who are licensed in Michigan to apply for advanced placement into the second year of the associate degree of applied science (AAS) registered nursing program for eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN examination.
- PN and RN nursing program courses must be taken in sequence and a minimum grade of 80% plus a satisfactory clinical performance evaluation in specific nursing courses are required for progression to the next course. Computerized testing is required in all nursing courses. Academic courses other than nursing must be completed according to program requirements or with a minimum grade of 2.0. Students are admitted to the practical or registered nursing program on an ongoing basis and start the program in the fall semester. Students must meet health and clinical requirements, have a negative drug screen on first attempt (marijuana use still prohibited), and pass a criminal background check.
The associate degree and practical nursing programs are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. For more information on MI-Board of Nursing approval and licensure please contact:
LARA Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Health Care Services
Board of Nursing
611 West Ottawa Street
P.O. Box 30670 Lansing, MI 48909-8170
The nursing associate degree and practical programs at Schoolcraft College at the main Livonia campus located in Livonia, MI are accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the associate and practical nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation.
Completion of program requirements provides students with eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN exams. Students who wish to be licensed in another state should check the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website https://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm to clarify requirements in that state.