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  • Founded in 1954, the nursing program at St. Clair County Community College was one of the first associate degree nursing programs in Michigan, with full Michigan state board approval in 1961.

    SC4 nursing graduates are known for their strong clinical and critical thinking skills.

    Nursing - ADN

    Approvals/accreditation:

    • St. Clair County Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools: http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/ or (312) 263-0456.
    • The associate degree and practical nursing programs at SC4 are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909.
    •  The associate degree nursing program at SC4 is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326 or http://www.acenursing.org/.

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  • Get started in an SC4 nursing program

    • Nursing program options
    • Explore  a program that's right for you:

       

        LPN and Health Care Provider to Registered Nurse Articulation Program - See more at: http://staging.sc4.edu/Degrees-and-programs/#sthash.lYxlvU9o.dpuf
      • Nursing Information Sessions (Group Advising Sessions)
      • Attending a Group Advising Session is your first step toward attaining a nursing degree. Please choose the session(s) applicable to your goal and call for a reservation at (810) 989-5675 or (800) 553-2427, Ext. 5675, choose option 1. Leave your name, phone number and date/time of session. Confirmation calls are not made as walk-ins are welcome.

        *Dates and times are subject to change; check www.sc4.edu/nursing before coming to campus.

        Associate Degree Nursing


        Tuesday, Jan. 203 to 4 p.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, Feb. 1710 to 11 a.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, March 172 to 3 p.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, April 2111 a.m. to noon105 North Building
        Tuesday, June 169 to 10 a.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, Aug. 181 to 2 p.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, Sept. 159 to 10 a.m.109 North Building
        Tuesday, Nov. 172 to 3 p.m.109 North Building
         

        Practical Nursing

        Tuesday, Jan. 202 to 3 p.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, Feb. 179 to 10 a.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, March 173 to 4 p.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, April 2110 to 11 a.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, June 1610 to 11 a.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, Aug. 182:30 to 3:30 p.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, Sept. 1510 to 11 a.m.109 North Building


        Transition Programs (LPN to ADN, HCP to ADN)


        Tuesday, Jan. 209 to 10 a.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, Feb. 172 to 3 p.m.105  North Building
        Tuesday, March 179 to 10 a.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, April 212 to 3 p.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, June 161 to 2 p.m.105  North Building
        Tuesday, Aug. 189 to 10 a.m.105 North Building
        Tuesday, Sept. 152 to 3 p.m.109 North Building
        Tuesday, Nov. 1710 to 11 a.m.109 North Building
      • Traditional Associate Degree Nursing Admission Criteria
      • The application deadline for the traditional program has been changed to April 1.

        Percent

                               

        Criteria

         

        Detail

         

        Maximum potential

         
        25%GPA-General Education coursesCourses include: BIO-271 (171), BIO 272 (172), ENG-101, ENG-102 , PSY-180, PS-101, HE-101, HE-2104.0
        25%Number of credits toward degreePotential courses include: Same as above.24
        50%HESI score (average)Average scores of 5 tested areas: grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary, math, anatomy and physiology.Critical thinking is tested, but NOT part of the admission criteria.100

        Frequently Asked Questions:

         What if I am enrolled in a class at another college by the April 1 deadline?

        • Students who are enrolled in courses outside of St. Clair County Community College must have all transcripts in the Registrar's office no later than May 15. This may require students to hand deliver sealed official transcripts to the Registrar's office to meet the deadline. 

        When should I take HE-224 (Altered States of Adult Health)?

        • Students are advised to take HE-224 in the second semester of the Nursing Program (see model schedule).

        What can you tell me about HESI registration?

        • The cost for the HESI test is $60.00. Registration will begin on February 1st. Testing will be in March. Please watch the web site (under HESI Testing) by Sept. 15th for specific instructions and dates for ADN HESI testing.

        How do I calculate my admission criteria?

        • See an academic advisor to assist with calculating your pre-admission score

        What should my pre-admission Score be?

        • The closer your score is to a 100, the better your chances to be one of the top students.
          After the admission process has been completed, you will be informed by mail of your status and the qualifying score for the fall class.

        What if my score is the same as another student?

        • Your Cumulative Score on the HESI will be used if needed for a tie breaker.

        How long will it take for me to know if I have been accepted into the program?

        • You will be notified of your acceptance/placement by the end of May for fall admission.

        How do I calculate my grade point average (GPA)?

        • Each letter grade has a corresponding grade point. The GPA is calculated as follows: total grade points earned divided by the number of credit hours attempted = GPA. See example:
        Class  Grade  Grade pointsCredit hoursTotal grade points
        HE-101

        A

        4.0

        1

        4.0

        ENG-101

        B+

        3.3

        3

        9.9

        PS-101

        A-

        3.7

        +3

        +11.1

           

        7

        25.0

           

         Total: 25 divided by 7 = 3.57 GPA

        See catalog for additional information.

        What if my credits are transferred from another college?

        • All transfer credits required for the nursing program are evaluated by the Registrar. Transfer credit is granted based upon the number of credits earned at the transfer institution. For example, if your Introduction to Psychology transfer class was 3 credits, you will only receive 3 credits for the SC4 PSY 180 class, not the actual 4 credits that would have been earned at SC4. This also includes BIO courses. Likewise, if you completed a 4 credit hour transfer Introduction to Political Science class, you will only receive the 3 credits that would have been earned in the SC4 PS 101 class and one general political science credit. However, only the 3 credits will apply toward the RN Admission process.

        Is there a time-limit associated with my past courses?

        • All biology A & P courses, HE-101, and HE-224 must be completed within five academic years of admission to the Nursing Program. See the table below for details.
        ADN program start date 5-year time limit completion date
        Fall 15Winter 10 or later
        Fall 16Winter 11 or later
        Fall 17Winter 12 or later
        Fall 18Winter 13 or later
        Fall 19Winter 14 or later

         

      • Transition - Associate Degree Nursing Admission Criteria
      • Percent

         

        Criteria

         

        Detail

         

        Maximum potential

         
        25%GPA-Program pre-requisites and general education coursesCourses include: ADN-203, BIO-272, HE-101, HE-224, ENG-101, ENG-102 , PSY-180, PS-101, HE-2104.0
        25%Number of credits toward degreePotential courses include: Same as above.26
        50%HESI score (average)Average scores of 5 tested areas: grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary, math, anatomy and physiology. Critical thinking is tested, but NOT part of the admission criteria.100

        Frequently Asked Questions:

        What can you tell me about HESI registration?

        • The cost for the HESI test is $60.00. Registration will begin on August 1st. Testing will be in September. Please watch the web site (under HESI Testing) by July 1st for specific instructions and dates for ADN HESI testing.

        How do I calculate my admission criteria?

        • Use the following equation to calculate your admission criteria

        (GPA_________ x 25) x 0.25 =__________

        ((# Credits________ / 26) x 100) x 0.25=___________

        (HESI average_________) x 0.5=____________

        Total Pre-admission Score_____________

        What should my Pre-admission score be?

        • The closer your score is to a 100, the better your chances to be one of the top students.
          After the admission process has been completed, you will be informed by mail of your status and the qualifying score for the fall class.

        What if my score is the same as another student?

        • Your Cumulative Score on the HESI will be used if needed for a tie breaker.

        How long will it take for me to know if I have been accepted into the program?

        • You will be notified of your acceptance/placement by the end of October for winter admission.

        How do I calculate my grade point average (GPA)?

        • Each letter grade has a corresponding grade point. The GPA is calculated as follows: total grade points earned divided by the number of credit hours attempted = GPA. See example:
          Class   Grade  Grade points  Credit hours  Total grade points  
          HE-101

          A

          4.0

          1

          4.0

          ADN-103

          B+

          3.3

          3

          6.6

          HE-224

          A-

          3.7

          +4  

          +14.8

               

          7

          25.4

               

          Total: 25.4 divided by 7 = 3.62 GPA

          See catalog for additional information.

        What if my credits are transferred from another college?

        • All transfer credits required for the nursing program are evaluated by the Registrar. Transfer credit is granted based upon the number of credits earned at the transfer institution. For example, if your Introduction to Psychology transfer class was 3 credits, you will only receive 3 credits for the SC4 PSY-180 class, not the actual 4 credits earned at SC4. Likewise, if you completed a 4-credit-hour transfer Introduction to Political Science class, you will only receive the 3 credits earned in the SC4 PS-101 class and one general political science credit. However, only the 3 credits will apply toward the RN Admission process.

        I am an LPN applying for the transition program. How do I register to take the NLN pharmacology challenge exam?

        • LPNs are eligible to take the NLN challenge exam. It is offered in April and November in the Testing Center.  LPNs must achieve a 75% or better on drug principles and effects. The challenge exam must be taken prior to the start of the program. For further information call the testing center at (810) 989-5555.

        Is there a time limit associated with my past courses?

        Transition start date5-year time limit completion date
        Winter 14Fall 08 or later
        Winter 15Fall 09 or later
        Winter 16Fall 10 or later
        Winter 17Fall 11 or later
      • Practical Nursing Admission Criteria
      • The application deadline for the Practical Nursing Program
        has been changed to Sept. 1.

        The LPN program at St. Clair County Community College has a competitive pre-admission score. The score is based on a point calculation of the following:

        Criteria

        Description

        Worksheet/point calculation

         GPA - overall

        • No rounding up on GPA
        • GPAs from more than one college will be averaged together
        • High School GPA will ONLY be used if no college classes taken
        • 2.5 GPA required
         

        GPA          Points

        3.8-4.0       25
        3.5-3.7       20
        3.2-3.4       15
        2.9-3.1       10
        2.6-2.8        5
        2.5              0 (minimum required)

        Points ____________

        Recommended college classes

        • 5 points for each of the 4 courses with B- or better
        • 2 points for each of the 4 courses with C or C+
         

        HE-101
        HE-102
        ENG-101
        BIO-160 (or BIO 271/171 and 272/172)

        Points ____________
        HESI testing
        • HESI minimum score in each area - 70
        • HESI pre-admission test will measure reading comprehension, vocabulary, English and math
        • A & P will be tested, but not counted. Watch the Web site for dates (late April/May)
        • The English composite score and math score will be used for points
         

        English language composite score

        91-100       6 points
        80-90         5 points
        75-79         4 points

        Math score

        96-100       5 points
        91-95         4 points
        86-90         3 points
        81-85         2 points
        75-80         1 points

        Points ____________
        Course failures
        • Subtract 10 points for each course with grade less than C (of 4 recommended courses)
         
        HE-101
        HE-102
        ENG-101
        BIO-160 (or BIO-271/171 and 272/172)
        Points ____________
           

        Frequently asked questions:

        How many points do I need to be considered?

        • Since it is a competitive process, it depends on the number of students and their overall scores.  The top candidates are admitted.  The maximum number of points an applicant can earn is 56.

        What can you tell me about HESI registration?

        • Registration will begin July 1.The cost will be $50. Watch the website (under “HESI Testing”) by May 15 for specific information, dates and times of LPN testing. Testing will be in May on the Port Huron campus.

        Can I use my HESI score from the ADN admission HESI or from another school?

        • You can use the ADN HESI score only if taken at SC4 during the same calendar year. Requests to transfer HESI score must be made in writing to the Health and Human Services office. SC4 does not accept transfer of HESI scores from other colleges.

        Who should I call if I have questions?

        Contact your academic advisor at (810) 989-5520.

        Is there a time limit associated with my past courses?

        Application deadlineFive-year time limit
        Sept. 1, 2014Spring 09 or later
        Sept. 1, 2015Spring 10 or later
        Sept. 1, 2016Spring 11 or later
        Sept. 1, 2017Spring 12 or later
      • HESI Testing: Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
      • Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment is a part of the application process for the Associate Degree Nursing program at St. Clair County Community College. The HESI test must be taken by the program application deadline. Please review the following attached (PDF) files for HESI pre-admission, registration and test-taking information.  For questions call (810) 989-5555 or send questions to testing@sc4.edu.

        ADN HESI information, registration form (PDF)
        Obtaining HESI Scores  


        •  Report to the Testing Center in M-TEC for testing and check-in at the reception desk.
        •  Bring photo ID and receipt of payment.
        •  Registration starts 30 minutes before test. Testing begins promptly.
        •  No extra time allotted to late testers.
         
        Testing Center contact info:  
        (810) 989-5555
        testing@sc4.edu 

        Transition Program - LPN/HCP HESI

         
         Student sign-up starts Aug. 1, deadline is Oct. 1
         
        2015 dates to be announced in May.
         
        DateStart time  End time
           
           
           
           

         

        Traditional ADN HESI

        Additional dates of March 25 and 31 added.
         
        Student sign-up starts Feb. 1, deadline is April 1
        DateStart timeEnd time
        Tuesday, March 38:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
        Wednesday, March 48:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
        Thursday, March 58:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
        Tuesday, March 1010 a.m.2 p.m.
        Wednesday, March 1110 a.m.2 p.m.
        Friday, March 1310 a.m.2 p.m.
        Tuesday, March 1712:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
        Thursday, March 1910 a.m.2 p.m.
        Tuesday, March 248:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
        Wednesday, March 2512:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
        Thursday, March 2612:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
        Tuesday, March 3110 a.m.2 p.m.
           
      • HESI Testing: Practical Nursing (LPN)
      • Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment is a part of the application process for the PN program at St. Clair County Community College. The HESI test must be taken by the program application deadline. Please review the following attached (PDF) files for HESI pre-admission, registration and test-taking information.  For questions call (810) 989-5555 or send questions to testing@sc4.edu.

        PN HESI information, registration form (PDF)
        Obtaining HESI Scores  

        •  Report to the Testing Center in M-TEC for testing and check-in at the reception
           desk.
        •  Bring photo ID and receipt of payment.
        •  Registration starts 30 minutes before test. Testing begins promptly.
        •  No extra time allotted to late testers.

        Testing Center contact info: 
        (810) 989-5555
        testing@sc4.edu

         

         

        Pre-Admit PN HESI

         
        Student sign-up starts July 1
         
        DateStart timeEnd time
        Tuesday, Aug. 59 a.m.1 p.m.
        Thursday, Aug. 711 a.m.3 p.m.
        Monday, Aug. 1111 a.m.3 p.m.
        Thursday, Aug. 219 a.m.1 p.m.
        Friday, Aug. 2911 a.m.3 p.m.

         

        Please Note: PN applicants are allowed to take only one PN HESI test per year. The most recent HESI results are final and are used in the pre-admission scoring. PN HESI testers from 2013 are eligible to "freeze" their HESI score for one year only. PN application and written request to freeze HESI score must be made in writing to the Nursing Department by the application deadline. No exceptions. 

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