Oakland Community College 


Associate in Applied Science                                                                                                                                       Southfield Campus


This program may not be offered every year.
Offering of this program is dependent on enrollment.

   Graduates of the Modified Career Ladder Practical Nurse Education (PNE) certificate have the option to apply for selection into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. The course of study requires completion of 31.5 credits and leads to an associate in applied science degree. Successful completion of the second year requirements qualifies the graduates to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Satisfactory achievement on this examination qualifies the graduates for licensure as Registered Nurses (RN s). Anyone who has been convicted of a felony may not be eligible for licensure.
   Applicants must first designate RNE as their curriculum. Registration in the Nursing Courses is possible only after the student is admitted to the second year of the ADN program through a selection process.

Basic admission requirements include:

  • Filing an application for admission to the Highland Lakes Department of Nursing by OCTOBER 15 of the year preceding intended enrollment in the nursing program.
  • Completing all requirements and procedures for admission as outlined in a Nursing program brochure, during the nursing information sessions, or at the nursing website: www.oaklandcc.edu/nursing.
  • Documentation of 1500 hours of work experience as an LPN (for Winter 2016 admission and later).
  • Completion of BIO 1570 (or 2710), BIO 2630 and BIO 2640 with a grade of ‘C’ or better within five years of the start of the winter nursing courses. The five year period dates from the session during which the course was taken and closes at the first session in which the student is enrolled.
  • HHESI admission assessment (A2) exam completed at OCC.  Score in the 75th percentile or higher on both the Reading Comprehension and Math exams, achieved in the same testing session. One retake is permitted; fee for each attempt.

Admission is conditional upon availability of space. Notification of the selection decision will be sent by mail by DECEMBER 1.

   Students must obtain a 'C' or better in all the currently required college courses and a 'B-' or better grade in all nursing program courses for an Associate in Applied Science in order to be certified as eligible to write the NCLEX-RN. The policies and regulations regarding admission, progression and retention in the nursing program, as well as certification, licensure qualifications and legal limitations of license are outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook which is provided to each student enrolled in the nursing program. All these provisions are also explained in the information sessions prior to admission to the program. In addition to the tuition, nursing students incur extra costs such as liability insurance, pre-admission health examination, uniforms, supplies, travel, pins and licensure application.

   The ADN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: 404.975.5000, www.nlnac.org 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 (phone: 517.335.0918).

   A mandatory criminal history check including fingerprints will be conducted on all students selected to the Nursing program prior to the start of the program, at the student's cost. 1) Conviction of a felony or any attempt to commit a felony within the 15 years immediately preceding the date of the criminal history check; or 2) conviction of a misdemeanor within the 10 years immediately preceding the criminal history check, will preclude eligibility for admission. In addition, all selected students must have a drug screen test prior to the start of the program. For details contact the Nursing Department at 248.942.3333.

Major Requirements   Credits
NUR 1520 Nursing of Adults-Mental Health and Maladaptive Behavior 4
NUR 2512 Nursing of Children/Families 2
NUR 2520 Nursing of Adults II 4
NUR 2530 Nursing of Adults III 4
NUR 2540 Transition to Graduate Nurse Role 4.5

Required Supportive Courses
ENG 1520 Composition II 3
ENG 2200 Professional Communication 4
SOC 2510 Sociology 3
  Fine Arts/Humanities Elective 3

Recommended Elective
CHE 1320 Survey of Organic and Biochemistry 4
See degree requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree.
General Education Requirement
See General Education Distribution Requirements

●   Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.