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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, June 173 to 4 p.m.109 North Building
      Tuesday, Aug. 199 to 10 a.m.109 North Building
      Tuesday, Sept. 1610 to 11 a.m.105 North Building
      Tuesday, Nov. 1810 to 11 a.m.105 North Building
      Tuesday, Jan. 203 to 4 p.m.111 North Building
      Tuesday, Feb. 1710 to 11 a.m.111 North Building
      Tuesday, March 172 to 3 p.m.111 North Building
      Tuesday, April 219 to 10 a.m.111 North Building
       

      Practical Nursing

      Tuesday, June 172 to 3 p.m.109 North Building
      Tuesday, Aug. 1910 to 11 a.m.109 North Building 
      Tuesday, Sept. 169 to 10 a.m.105 North Building
      Tuesday, Nov. 189 to 10 a.m.105 North Building
      Tuesday, Jan. 202 to 3 p.m.111 North Building
      Tuesday, Feb. 179 to 10 a.m.111 North Building
      Tuesday, March 173 to 4 p.m.111 North Building
      Tuesday, April 2110 to 11 a.m.111 North Building


      Transition Programs (LPN to ADN, HCP to ADN)


      Tuesday, June 179 to 10 a.m.109 North Building
      Tuesday, Aug. 192 to 3 p.m.109 North Building
      Tuesday, Sept. 162 to 3 p.m.105 North Building
      Tuesday, Nov. 182 to 3 p.m.105 North Building
      Tuesday, Jan. 209 to 10 a.m.111 North Building
      Tuesday, Feb. 172 to 3 p.m.111 North Building
      Tuesday, March 179 to 10 a.m.111 North Building
      Tuesday, April 212 to 3 p.m.111 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:

      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) 989-5792.

      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 test-taking information (PDF)
      ADN pre-admission HESI test information (PDF)
      HESI 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
       
      DateStart time  End time
      Friday, Sept. 511 a.m.3 p.m.
      Friday, Sept. 1211 a.m.3 p.m.
      Friday, Sept. 1911 a.m.3 p.m.
      Friday, Sept. 2611 a.m.3 p.m.

      Traditional ADN HESI

      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.
      Thursday, March 2612:30 p.m.4:30 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 test-taking information (PDF)
      PN  pre-admission HESI test information (PDF)
      HESI 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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