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 William Beaumont, Henry Ford Health System, Ascension Health and Detroit Medical Center hospitals. A complete list is available in our Nursing Student Handbook which is forthcoming. 

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)."

OCC to Host Nursing Program Site Review

Oakland Community College will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate Degree Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Sept. 27-29. Learn more about the event here.


Effective August 15, 2022, the Associate Degree nursing program at Oakland Community College, Highland Lakes Campus located in Waterford, Michigan, is a candidate for re-accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). A program site visit will be held beginning Tuesday, September 27 and concluding on Thursday, September 29, 2022. 

Reviewed admission guide (August, 2022) and our revised nursing student handbook are now available. If you are interested in applying to the nursing program please visit a counselor at the Highland Lakes or Southfield Campus to determine your options. Call to schedule a nursing checklist appointment: 248.942.3050 for Highland Lakes or 248.233.2750 for Southfield.

HESI Testing for Health Professions programs will resume during the week of July 13th at the Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills Campus - M-Tec Building. 

HESI Prep Seminars and Support information can be found at Academic Support Center (ASC).

If students have any further questions please email: and the Continuing Education staff will be more than happy to answer any HESI questions!

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Nursing Information Sessions:

In order to apply to the program, attendance at an information session is mandatory. Sessions last two hours and you do need an appointment to attend. Please sign up using your OCC email address if applicable on EventBrite. Bring a pencil and your OCC ID number with you. 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.

92.78%                                                                                                      NCLEX  PASS RATE for 1ST TIME TEST TAKERS From January to June 2022                                        



"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: 92.78% NCLEX-RN passing rate on the first attempt for the period January 2022 - June 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.” (2016-2017 Graduate)
  • Job Placement: 90.5% of graduates surveyed are employed in the nursing profession after passing the NCLEX-RN (June 2022) “This was a great program, and I feel ready to become a Registered Nurse. The amount of clinical hours we had for this program was tremendous and made me feel ready by the time I graduated to become an RN. Thanks so much!” (2016-2017 Graduate)


Degree Program

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 - June 2022 - 92.78%

90.5%                                                                                                          EMPLOYMENT IN NURSING                                                                                        (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.

Current articulations with colleges offering RN to BSN programs for OCC students include Eastern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University,  Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, and University of Michigan-Flint.