According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), “Nursing continues to be rated the most trusted profession, according to the annual Gallup poll ranking of honesty and ethics in various fields. For the past 15 years, the public has voted nurses as the most honest and ethical profession in America. In that survey, 84% 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 (Dec, 2016).”

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 and Detroit Medical Center hospitals. A complete list is available in our Nursing Student Handbook.


Revised admission guide 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!



April 12, 2022, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Zoom Online.


May 19, 2022, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Zoom Online.


 June 16, 2022, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Zoom Online.


June 28, 2022, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Zoom Online.


Additional Information Session dates will be added throughout the year. Check back periodically if all current sessions are "sold out".

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. 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.

100% NCLEX Pass Rate

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

In this Oakland Community College “Empower Yourself” video series, OCC nursing student 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.

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Did you know

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 


Nursing Program Outcomes

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

  • Performance on licensure exam: 90.6% NCLEX-RN passing rate on the first attempt for the period January 2018 - June 2018.
  • Program Completion: 83% completed the program within 150% of the length of the program for students who entered the program in 2015-2016 and graduated in 2016-2017.
  • Program Satisfaction: 95% of OCC Associate Degree Nursing graduates reported the quality of education was very good to excellent, July 2017. “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: 100% of graduates are employed in the nursing profession after passing the NCLEX-RN (July 2017) “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

Nursing Courses

NCLEX Pass Rate - First Time Test Takers
  • July 2018 - 90.6%
  • January 2019 - 95.2%
  • July 2019 - 93.3%
  • January 2020 - 95.8%
  • July 2020 - 92.47%
  • January 2021 - 100%
  • July 2021 - 85.3%

100% Employment in Nursing

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 Chamberlain College of Nursing, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Michigan State University, Oakland University* (Bachelor of Science), Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Flint, University of Phoenix, and Wayne State University.

Additional articulations in progress include Concordia University-Ann Arbor, Madonna University, University of Detroit Mercy, and Western Michigan University.