Nursing Program

Nursing Program

The Oakland Community College nursing program is one of the largest and most affordable nursing programs in the state. Our students receive an exceptional variety of clinical experiences, including rotations at Ascension, Corewell Health, Detroit Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health hospitals. A complete list is available in our Nursing Student Handbook. 

According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), “Nurses and other healthcare professionals persevered through 2021 and its obstacles, including the COVID-19 pandemic, staff shortages, and increasing rates of burnout, and their selflessness, drive and honesty have not gone unnoticed by the American public, according to Gallup's annual Most Honest and Ethical Professions Poll. In that survey, 81% of respondents rated nurses as being very high or high as professionals who are honest and ethical. Nurses ranked at the top among 22 professions listed in the most recent survey. In results released January 2022, Americans ranked nurses as the most honest professionals for the 20th consecutive year on a list that included physicians, grade-school teachers, pharmacists, and other professions (January 2022)."

Fazila Siddiqui
OCC Alum Accomplishes Dream as Trauma Surgery Nurse Practitioner

“I am who I am because of OCC. I would not have been able to accomplish becoming a nurse if it was not for the flexibility and motivation from OCC. The college’s faculty and staff offered me tremendous support every step of the way.” Learn more...

Beginning Fall 2024,

with the exception of our Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting and Nursing programs, classes will be moved from the Highland Lakes Campus to the College’s four other campuses and online. The Highland Lakes campus will be closing beginning in Fall 2026.

Nursing Information Sessions

In order to apply to the Nursing program, attendance at an information session is mandatory. Please sign up using your OCC email address. This Zoom session lasts approximately 2 hours and you must have your camera "ON" for the entire session. Your attendance will be recorded only if you arrive on time and stay for the entire session. Occasionally we must cancel, move, or add information sessions. For updates, check this page prior to attending.

Upcoming Nursing Events

Nursing Information Session
May 14, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Nursing Information Session
June 12, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Nursing Information Session
August 05, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Nursing Information Session
September 10, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Nursing Information Session
September 19, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Nursing Information Session
October 02, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Nursing Information Session
October 15, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Virtual Event
Nursing Information Session
November 06, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Virtual Event

See all nursing events


Nursing Student - Ana Pancevska

"You learn about nursing to save lives at OCC" - Ana Pancevska

In this Oakland Community College “Empower Yourself” video series, OCC recent graduate nurse Ana Pancevska from Farmington Hills, Michigan, shares her thoughts on the quality of the OCC faculty from clinical instructors to lab instructors to theory lectures.


Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives. *Bureau of Labor Statistics 
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Nursing Program Outcomes

The Associate Degree Nursing Program demonstrated evidence of achievement in meeting the following program outcomes:

  • Performance on licensure exam: 88.28% NCLEX-RN passing rate on the first attempt for the period January 2022 - December 2022.
  • Program Completion: 54.6% completed the program within 100% of the length of the program for students who entered the program in 2019-2020 and graduated in Winter 2022.
  • Program Completion: 76.4% completed the program within 150% of the length of the program for students who entered the program in 2018-2019 and graduated in Winter 2022.
  • Program Satisfaction: 85.7% of OCC Associate Degree Nursing graduates reported the quality of education was outstanding or above average, June 2022. "The OCC Nursing Program is a great program and helped me learn a lot of things relevant to my chosen profession." (2021-2022 Graduate)
  • Job Placement: 90.5% of graduates surveyed are employed in the nursing profession after passing the NCLEX-RN (June 2022) “I have found the OCC Nursing Program to have well prepared me for my future career." (2021-2022 Graduate)

Credentials Received

Degree Program

  • Nursing (NUR.APP)
  • Nursing - Transitional LPN to ADN Track (NUR.TPN.APP) Restricted – No longer accepting new applicants AFTER 3/1/24

Program Plans

NCLEX Pass Rate - First Time Test Takers

  • January 2020 - 95.8%
  • July 2020 - 92.47%
  • January 2021 - 100%
  • July 2021 - 85.3%
  • January - December 2022 - 88.28%
Job Market Outlook

(Spring 2022 Graduates Surveyed)

BSN Completion for Grads

Oakland Community College has developed nursing program articulation agreements with several universities. These agreements are designed to facilitate ease of transfer for OCC ADN graduates and to give them opportunities to complete a BSN degree in an educationally sound, expeditious, and cost-effective manner. More information about these programs can be obtained from the Counseling department or from the university websites.


The Associate Degree nursing program at Oakland Community College located at the Waterford, Michigan and Southfield, Michigan campuses is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

3390 Peachtree Rd. NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program