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2024-2025 Catalog

Nursing: Nursing Career Ladder Curriculum Program Application Information

The Nursing Career Ladder Curriculum (NCLC) offers options for practical nursing (PN) and registered nursing associate degree in applied sciences (RN-AAS) education. Students are admitted into the associate degree program and are eligible to apply for licensure as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) following successful completion of the PN program requirements at the end of the first academic year. Students who continue and successfully complete the AAS program are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Michigan licensed practical nurses (LPNs) may apply for advanced placement into the second year of the RN-AAS program.

The Nursing Career Ladder Curriculum (NCLC) is rigorous and challenging. It requires a high level of student commitment and mastery of content in many academic areas. Essential information about the Nursing Career Ladder Curriculum:

  • Nursing courses are offered during the day/afternoon at the Livonia campus. First year courses are scheduled throughout the year with 7-week courses except for the nursing pharmacology course, which is a 12-week course. The optional PN course at the end of the first year of the nursing program is available during a 4-week summer session (the PN course is optional for RN students). To complete the RN-AAS degree, the second-year courses are scheduled into four 7-week sessions.
  • In addition to course theory, laboratory and clinical practice are required. Computer use and computerized testing are required for each course. Students will need to have a computer device for home and on campus use that meets the requirements as provided at the time of entry. Courses typically include one day of theory with two days of clinical. Clinical sessions are offered on day or afternoon shifts with potential weekend rotations. The clinical days may not be sequential days of the week and will vary based on clinical site availability. Students must meet all requirements as designated by the department, college, and clinical agencies.
  • Nursing courses must be taken in sequence or assigned rotation. A minimum grade of 80% in each nursing course and satisfactory clinical performance is required for progression to the next nursing course.

The PN and RN-AAS programs are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and have received additional national Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 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 Livonia campus located in Livonia, MI are accredited by the:

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.

Preparing to Apply to the Nursing Career Ladder Curriculum (NCLC)


Preparing to Apply to the Nursing Career Ladder Curriculum (NCLC)

1. Apply to Schoolcraft College

Apply to Schoolcraft College online at www.schoolcraft.edu
2. Transcripts It is recommended you request official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing college or university to the Schoolcraft College Record’s Office. To confirm that transcripts have been received, contact the Answer Center & Help Line at 734-462-4426.
3. Advising

The nursing program requires minimum assessment levels of coursework in the areas of math, reading, and writing. Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an academic plan. Students with prior college-level work or a degree may be exempt from general college placement testing. Students who have submitted ACT or SAT scores that are less than three years old to the Records Office may also be exempt from assessment testing. Contact the Academic Advising Center at 734-462-4429 to make an appointment to discuss an academic plan and preparation for the TEAS (nursing entrance) exam.

Nursing students should possess and maintain the following to be able to adequately communicate, make decisions, manipulate equipment, perform procedures, and provide indirect or direct quality care for clients in a variety of healthcare settings:

  1. Sufficient intellectual, psychological, and emotional capabilities
  2. Sufficient capacity to concentrate for sustained periods of time
  3. Sufficient communication skills
  4. Sufficient visual acuity
  5. Sufficient auditory perception
  6. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination
  7. Sufficient physical abilities and strength required to push, pull, transfer, or move objects up to approximately 35 pounds utilizing safe patient handling techniques
  8. Sufficient physical stamina to remain standing for prolonged periods of time
Students potentially needing accommodations may review further information at http://www.schoolcraft.edu/dss/disability-support-services. Students may also schedule an appointment with Disability Support Services at 734-462-4330 regarding options to ensure equal access to programs and activities.
4. Anatomy and Physiology College Prerequisite

- or -

Students should meet with an academic advisor to determine the biology courses recommended for students planning to pursue a BSN in the future. There are no expiration dates for acceptable BIOL courses.
5. Mathematics

Select one Mathematics  course from the following list (must be completed before application, see #5 below):

Students should meet with an advisor to determine courses that satisfy academic goals and future BSN program requirements. MATH 102 - Technical Mathematics  does not transfer toward a BSN degree.
6. Admission Exam

The ATI TEAS Exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is a multiple-choice exam that must be taken using the online version. The TEAS Exam includes:

  • 31% Reading: Key Ideas & Details (15%), Craft & Structure (9%), Integration of Knowledge & Ideas (7%)
  • 16% English and Language: Convention of Standard English (6%), Knowledge of Language (6%),
  • Vocabulary Acquisition (4%)
  • 31% Science: Human Anatomy & Physiology (21%), Life & Physical Science (5%), Scientific Reasoning (5%)
  • 22% Mathematics: Number & Algebra (16%), Measurement & Data (6%)
  • Minimum TEAS Exam scores required:  Composite: 60% (Adjusted Individual Total Score), 68% Reading, 60% English, 60% Math, 50% Science.
  • As of September 1, 2022, all TEAS testing used for application must be completed in person, on campus at the Schoolcraft College Testing Center.
  • Successful TEAS score results are valid for a maximum of 2 years.
  • Four (4) TEAS attempts are the maximum number of attempts allowed for application to Schoolcraft’s program (includes any exams taken at other institutions and Schoolcraft since 9/1/2022.) Any exam results taken at other sites (of the 4 attempts) will not be accepted for application.
  • Students may take the TEAS a maximum of 2 times within a 12-month period. Students may not take a third attempt until the first test attempt expires (Ex: TEAS #1 on September 5 and TEAS #2 on February 10. TEAS #3 cannot be taken until the next September on or after the 5th).
  • If the student does not pass a TEAS exam, the ATI website has study materials and practice exams available. The Schoolcraft College Learning Support Services Department also provides free personalized TEAS prep plans for success through one-on-one and group formats. To inquire about support for the TEAS, please contact teasprep@schoolcraft.edu (734-462-7330).
  • The highest successful score on each section of the TEAS Exam will be accepted from the two attempts within the 12-month period. Students must complete all sections of the TEAS exam to the best of their ability on each attempt for scores to be accepted.
  • The Composite score must be 60% or higher on at least one of the two attempts and the lowest composite score for the other attempt of these two attempts must be within a 55-60% range or higher.

Students who may need academic testing accommodations should meet with Disability Support Services Office (734-462-4330) prior to taking the TEAS exam to determine potential accommodations.

TEAS Exam attempts at Schoolcraft College must be scheduled in advance. Fees paid are non-refundable and non-transferable. Students needing to change testing dates will need to pay the full fee. Obtain more information regarding the TEAS exam: https://www.schoolcraft.edu/testingcenter/teas

7. Cumulative GPA Attain a 2.5/C+ or better cumulative grade point average for all nursing program supportive and prerequisite courses.

Applying to the NCLC

8. Apply to the NCLC

This program requires students to complete a specific list of requirements listed in the application packet before being officially admitted into the program. Students are listed in a pre-program code while the application requirements are being met. The full program start date and implementation of program code may be dependent on space availability. 

Complete the student portion of the application and meet with an academic advisor for academic planning and to sign off on the application. The academic advisor will submit the application packet to the Admissions and Welcome Center.

Applications are reviewed on a continual basis and students will receive an acceptance letter via email from the Admissions Department which states the year and cohort the student will be able to start the nursing program. Students who do not respond to correspondence by deadlines will be cancelled by the Admissions Department.

All required prerequisites must be completed (with final course grade on transcript) prior to submitting application.

Acceptance to the NCLC and prior to starting the Nursing Program

  • The order of acceptance of qualified applicants will be based on the date the College receives a valid application. An application is valid only if all the requirements listed in this document have been met.
  • Any incomplete applications received from a student will be returned. Applications may be resubmitted when all the requirements have been met.
  • In the event more than one qualified student applies on the same day, the applications will be ordered based on the highest cumulative grade point average in the prerequisite/supportive courses.
  • Accepted students will be emailed an information packet from the nursing department to Schoolcraft College email only. Information will be emailed approximately two months prior to the start semester. Students are responsible for maintaining current contact information for all college communications. Students should get their college email forwarded to their primary email so as not to miss any communications.
  • Students may defer their admission only one time, otherwise, the student will need to reapply and meet the application requirements at that time.
  • Students who do not meet nursing department deadlines or have been accepted to the program and then are “no call, no show” to start the program, will be cancelled and not eligible to reapply to the program in the future.
  • After August 1 for fall start cohorts, and after October 1 for winter start cohorts, preference will be given for students to be pulled up to spots vacated, with students who have completed the NURS 104 - Pharmacology for Nurses  course or the NATP 115 - Nursing Assistant Course  OR are currently enrolled in either course and have current passing status.
9. Introductory Psychology Supportive Course Complete PSYCH 201 - Introductory Psychology   with a minimum grade of 2.0/C before starting the nursing program or by the end of the first year of the nursing program.
10. Anatomy and Physiology College Prerequisite Complete BIOL 238 - Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology 2  with a minimum grade of 3.0/B (80% or higher) if the BIOL 237/238 sequence was selected.
11. Optional COLLS 130 Course

To provide students an opportunity to develop the skills necessary for the demanding field of nursing education, the College offers a nursing specific section of COLLS 130 - Applied Learning Theory for Nursing Majors .

This course provides instruction on reading efficiency and speed techniques, learning/study strategies, and critical thinking/test taking skills using nursing materials and concepts. Students can contact Academic Advising at 734-462-4429 for more information.
12. Hepatitis B Vaccine Students who do not have the Hepatitis B vaccine three shot series already completed, should begin the series while waiting to start the nursing program.
13. CPR Course for Healthcare Professionals Students should wait to complete an American Heart Association Basic Life Support course for Professional Healthcare Providers until approximately 2 months prior to starting the nursing program. Students need to complete a course that includes an in-person demonstration of the performance skills (adult, child, infant and AED use). 100% online courses are not accepted.
14. Other Nursing Program Requirements Students will be emailed additional information about Orientation sessions and other health/clinical/program requirements approximately two months prior to student’s program start date. Correspondence will only be sent to Schoolcraft College email.


(Requirements subject to change. Students will be sent emails with requirements to Schoolcraft College emails only.)

  • Participate in a mandatory NCLC Student Orientation session.
  • Schedule and meet with the Nursing Resource Instructor for a personal interview to discuss educational goals, learning techniques/strategies, and recommendations for success in the program by nursing department deadline dates.
  • Complete all health/clinical placement requirements and provide documentation including a health questionnaire/physical exam (dated within the last 12 months from the fall start of the nursing program), TB testing, immunization records including Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Tetanus, diphtheria, Pertussis (TdaP), Varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B, flu vaccine (in season), COVID vaccine, a negative urine drug screen on first attempt (marijuana use is still prohibited), and pass a criminal background check by nursing office deadline dates provided in the emailed packet. Drug screens may need to be repeated throughout the program as required by clinical agencies. Students will also need to meet any other future health/clinical/agency requirements as specified by the agencies.
  • An authorization to register is only issued by the Nursing Office upon completion of the any specified requirements. Further questions may be addressed to the Nursing Office by contacting nursing@schoolcraft.edu or 734-462-4401.

Begin NCLC

See a sample schedule of courses following the Nursing: Registered AAS Degree (RN)  catalog page.

Students should work with their advisor if more credits are needed per semester to qualify for financial aid. Please check Schoolcraft General Education requirements to determine course options.

PLEASE NOTE: The NCLC program and application requirements are subject to change based on Board of Nursing regulations, curricular changes, Institutional policy, and program needs. Students are responsible for checking for any admission updates.



RN-AAS Degree
Program Credit Hours- 59.5    
  Resident Non-Resident Out of State
Tuition: $8,270.50 $11,900.00 $16,065.00
Registration Fees: ($44 per semester) $220.00 $220.00 $220.00
Service Fees: ($9 per credit hour) $535.50 $535.35 $535.50
Instructional Equipment Fees: ($11 per credit hour) $654.50 $654.50 $654.50
Infrastructure Fees: ($9 per credit hour) $535.50 $535.50 $535.50
Course and Learning Management Fees:($12 per class) $168.00 $168.00 $168.00
Lab Fees: (varies according to individual class) $295.00 $295.00 $295.00
Excess Contact Hour Fees: (varies according to individual class) $5,143.00 $5,143.00 $5,143.00
Additional Expenses (Approximate):      
ACE MAPP $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
Uniform $150.00 $150.00 $150.00
Clinical Supplies $90.00 $90.00 $90.00
Application fee for Licensure & NCLEX $326.00 $326.00 $326.00
Total $16,438.00 $20,067.50 $24,232.50
The above figures are based on 2024-2025 rates and are subject to change. A Resident student is one whose legal residence is in the school District of Clarenceville, Garden City, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth-Canton or parts of Novi. All other students are Non-Residents.
LPN-Certificate Degree
Program Credit Hours-  44.5    
  Resident Non-Resident Out of State
Tuition:  $   6,185.50  $        8,900.00  $     12,015.00
Registration Fees: ($44 per semester)  $      176.00  $           176.00  $          176.00
Service Fees: ($9 per credit hour)  $      400.50  $           400.50  $          400.50
Instructional Equipment Fees: ($11 per credit hour)  $      489.50  $           489.50  $          489.50
Infrastructure Fees: ($9 per credit hour)  $      400.50  $           400.50  $          400.50
Course and Learning Management Fees: ($12 per class)  $      132.00  $           132.00  $          132.00
Lab Fees: (varies according to individual class)  $      205.00  $           205.00  $          205.00
Excess Contact Hour Fees: (varies according to individual class)  $   3,336.00  $        3,336.00  $       3,336.00
Additional Expenses (Approximate):      
ACE MAPP  $        50.00  $             50.00  $            50.00
Uniform  $      150.00  $           150.00  $          150.00
Clinical Supplies  $        90.00  $             90.00  $            90.00
Application fee for Licensure & NCLEX  $      326.00  $           326.00  $          326.00
Total  $ 11,941.00  $      14,655.50  $     17,770.50
The above figures are based on 2024-2025 rates and are subject to change. A Resident student is one whose legal residence is in the school District of Clarenceville, Garden City, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth-Canton or parts of Novi. All other students are Non-Residents.

Please Note:

Requirements for admission to the Nursing Career Ladder Curriculum are subject to change at any time.

Ready to get started! Download the Nursing Career Ladder Curriculum Student Checklist to get on track.
Ready to apply? Download the Application Form and schedule a meeting with your Advisor.

Please contact the Admissions and Welcome Center for updates on any applicable changes.

Phone : 734-462-4426
Fax : 734-462-4553
E-mail : admissions@schoolcraft.edu
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