Nursing (NUR.APP)

Associate in Applied Science

Health Sciences

Highland Lakes Campus

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN Traditional) curriculum is a 64.5 - 66.5 credit-hour program that leads to an associate in applied science degree and prepares graduates to provide direct nursing care at a beginning staff level in a variety of healthcare settings. Successful completion of the program qualifies the graduate to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Satisfactory achievement on this exam qualifies the graduate for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Registration in the nursing courses (designated "NUR") is possible only after the student is admitted to the nursing program through a selection process. For a complete listing of the admission requirements (including HESI-A2 admission testing) and selection procedures, refer to the Nursing Admission Guide at to the ADN program must be made by December 15 of the year preceding intended enrollment in the nursing program.

A mandatory criminal history check with fingerprinting and drug screening will be conducted on all students selected to the Nursing program prior to the start of the program, at the student's expense. 

  1. Conviction of a felony or conviction of any attempt to commit a felony within the fifteen years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check; or
  2. Conviction of a misdemeanor within the ten years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check, and/or a positive drug screen will preclude eligibility for admission.

Students must obtain a grade of "B-" or better in all required supportive courses and general education requirements and a grade of "B-" or better in all nursing courses for successful completion of the program. For all other policies, refer to the Nursing Student Handbook.

The ADN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326,, (404) 975-5000, and has full approval of the Michigan Board of Nursing. Note: Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may preclude eligibility for licensure. For more information contact the Michigan Board of Nursing, (517) 335-0918.

In addition to the regular tuition, Nursing students incur extra costs including, but not limited to: health examination, uniforms, required vaccinations, supplies, travel, and certification fees. For further details contact the Nursing Department at (248) 942-3333.

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Major Requirements
NUR 1290Pharmacology for Nurses2
NUR 1410Foundations of Nursing7
NUR 1450Clinical Skills0.5
NUR 1460Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills I0.5
NUR 1470Integrated Physical Assessment and Decision Making Skills II0.5
NUR 1510Nursing of the Childbearing Family4
NUR 1520Nursing of Adults - Mental Health and Maladaptive Behavior4
NUR 1530Nursing of Adults I4
NUR 2510Nursing of Children and Families4
NUR 2520Nursing of Adults II4
NUR 2530Nursing of Adults III4
NUR 2540Transition to the Graduate Nurse Role4
Required Supportive Courses
BIO 2630Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 2640Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENG 15101Composition I 3-6
or ENG 1510E Composition I Enhanced4
or ENG 1510S Composition I with Support6
PSY 25101Introduction to Psychology 3
Select one of the following BIO courses:3-4
Microbiology of Health and Disease 3
Microbiology 4
Select one of the following ENG courses:3-4
Composition II 3
Professional Communication 4
Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses58.5-61.5
General Education Requirements
Communication / English (3-credits)
Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)3
Mathematics / Science (3-credits)0 or 3
Social Science (3-credits)
Written Communication (3-credits)
Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree0-0.5
Total Credit Hours62-69.5

Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.


BIO-2710 does not satisfy General Education requirements.  Student must complete 3 credits from the Mathematics/Science General Education Distribution List.

A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.

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