2019-2020 College Catalog 
    Oct 19, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Practical Nurse, Certificate

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Award Granted Upon Completion: Certificate in Practical Nursing
Credits/Contacts Required: 36/52
Major code: 04/472
CIP Code: 513901

Gainful Employment Information


The certificate program in Practical Nursing (P.N.) is designed to prepare students who can demonstrate entry-level competencies as practical nurses. Graduates of the program meet the educational requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Students learn how to provide basic nursing care to all age groups. The curriculum includes background in the biological sciences, the social sciences, general education, and nursing theory. Students receive supervised clinical experiences in hospitals, home health care agencies, long term care facilities, and physicians’ offices. Students attend this program on a full time basis. Students who successfully complete the program requirements are awarded a Practical Nursing Certificate.

Suggested Sequences Per Semester

Fall Semester Total - Credits: 12 | Contacts: 17

Winter Semester Total - Credits: 14 | Contacts: 23

Third Semester Total - Credits: 10 | Contacts: 12


*These courses may be taken prior to acceptance in program on a space available basis
**If any part of this course is failed, it is necessary to retake and pay for the entire course.

Entry level Licensed Practical Nurses may find employment in a variety of practice settings, including but not limited to: acute care hospitals, long term and extended term care facilities, clinics, and physician’s offices. Jobs in most areas of nursing are plentiful, and employment rate is near 100%. The reported average yearly income in the state of Michigan is approximately $42,000 for Licensed Nurses (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). Graduates may transfer all or part of credit/contact hours earned at Bay to several colleges and universities to pursue an Associate of Applied Science (A.D.N.) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree.

All students accepted into the Nursing program are required to purchase uniforms and liability insurance. The college makes arrangements for liability insurance. Prior to Fall entrance into the program, the Department of Allied Health requires students to successfully pass the following: criminal background check, a drug test, American Heart Association CPR Certification for the Healthcare Provider, and the Certification of Physical Fitness Form completed by your Physician. Along with the Certification of Fitness, students must also have proof they are immunized for specific contagious diseases. Facilities may have additional requirements, which a student will also need to meet. The Department of Allied Health orders your background check, drug screening and immunization tracker through www.certifiedprofile.com. This Certified Profile Package is billed in your first semester tuition.

Throughout the Practical Nurse program, students are required to take a variety of standardized learning assessments, which Bay College School of Nursing obtains via Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI), a national testing company. The cost for this testing is incurred by the students as an assessment fee charged over two semesters. Students will be scheduled to take HESI tests when they enter the program, throughout the program, and at program completion.

The PN Certificate Program is offered at the Escanaba Campus and at the Iron Mountain Campus every fall semester.

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