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Practical Nursing Certificate

Practical Nursing – Certificate (LPNU.CERT)

This program prepares students to provide direct nursing care, under supervision, to individuals in a variety of health care settings. The program consists of integrated lectures, labs and clinical experiences. Students who successfully complete the curriculum receive the certificate in practical nursing and are eligible to take the state licensing examination (NCLEX-PN) required for licensure as a practical nurse (LPN).

Students must apply for admission to the nursing program, and must do so within the application deadlines. Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive and is not guaranteed. There are special admission requirements to the nursing program and it is the student’s responsibility to understand the requirements and adhere to them. Students must meet all admission requirements. Admission into the program is based on a competitive point system, a pre-admission standardized exam (HESI RN Admission Assessment [A2]) and completion of prerequisite courses. The selection process is subject to change. Students must work with an academic advisor to plan the prerequisite course sequence and to make application to the nursing program. The advisor will explain the point system on the “Practical Nursing Selection Process-Worksheet.”

The three-semester practical nursing program begins in March of each year and concludes the following May. There is a short break from mid-July to late August between Semester I and Semester II. Practical nursing classes are on a different course calendar than other classes. All science classes must be taken within the last eight years. Practical nursing courses must be taken in sequence. Students are required to take a licensure preparation course at JC as part of their curriculum in order to graduate.

Most of JC’s clinical sites are subject to Act 303 of the Public Acts of 2002, amended April 1, 2006, of the State of Michigan which restricts persons with certain criminal convictions from having access to vulnerable populations. Therefore, the agreements that JC has with these organizations require that as a condition of admission, all students will be subject to a fingerprint-based criminal background check, including an FBI check. Exclusions for convictions can range from one year to permanent exclusion. Questions should be directed to the security department.

In addition, all students must pass a drug screen to enter any nursing program at JC, as well as complete immunizations (as required for healthcare providers), meet technical standards, and complete a physical form. Following graduation, applicants for licensure as a nurse are also asked about criminal convictions and substance abuse, and this can impact the individual’s ability to become licensed.

Prerequsites are:

  • LPN 132 Medications OR
  • NUR 121 Pharmacology
  • LPN 141 Body Structure & Function OR
  • MOA 141 Body Structure & Function OR
  • BIO 155 Human Anatomy & Physiology OR
  • BIO 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I AND
    • BIO 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • NUR 207 Normal/Therapeutic Nutrition OR
  • MOA 145 Normal/Therapeutic Nutrition OR
  • LPN 145 Normal/Therapeutic Nutrition
Minimum credits50
Minimum cumulative GPA2.0
Minimum grade in all prerequisite and nursing classes2.0
Minimum JC credits32
MACRAO AgreementNo

*Check “The Point System” on the “PN Selection Process Worksheet” regarding values of points for designated grades. Admission is competitive and based on grades.

Take one of the following:


Practical Nursing Related Requirements – (13 credits)

Take the following:

Practical Nursing Core Requirements – (30 credits)

Take the following:

*Preferable to be taken before being admitted to the nursing program. See advisor.

NOTE: Nursing courses include various labs and clinicals, this must be taken in addition to the lectures. Be sure to follow directions each semester and consult with an academic advisor for guidance. This schedule is subject to change on short notice. Specific clinical sites and times cannot be guaranteed. The nursing department reserves the right to change the curriculum and program requirements as necessary. The nursing program requirements are highly demanding and time consuming. Following admission, full-time employment is not recommended..

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* You may meet this prerequisite based on your course placement, ACT score or successful college coursework. Visit our web site for current assessment options and requirements.

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