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Advanced Standing in the Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) for Licensed Practical Nurses

Advanced Standing for Associates Degree Nursing Program (ADS)

Students who wish to apply to the ADN program with Advanced Standing must possess a current, unencumbered, practical nursing license, and 2000 hours of work experience as an LPN verified with the Confirmation of Work Experience form. (beginning fall, 2016).

Program Admissions Requirements

If you have not yet applied to GRCC, you may apply for free online at www.grcc.edu and select Health and Exercise Sciences as your Academic Pathway.

Once admitted to GRCC, you may apply for ADN nursing online: at Health Admissions Application.

  • High school graduate with a GPA of at least 2.5 (or GED equivalent) or a college GPA of at least 2.0 for students with 12 or more college credits.

  • All students must demonstrate competency in math within the last 5 years to be eligible.  Math competency can be demonstrated through the following ways:

    • SAT Math subsection score of 25 or Higher
    • ACT Math score of 18 or Higher
    • Completion of MA 98 or Higher with a grade of C or Higher
    • Math Placement Test (ALEKS) with a score of 30 or Higher
      • Students who do not meet the above criteria for math competency must complete MA 98  (or above) with a grade of C or Higher. Contact the Health Admissions Department for details at healthprograms@grcc.edu or 616 234-4348.
  • Chemistry with Lab (1 year in high school with C or higher, or college equivalent) GRCC: CHM 110 or higher.

  • Biology (1 year in high school with C or higher, or college equivalent) GRCC: BI 101 or any BI class with lab.

  • Admissions Application HESI Exam (scored subtests: math, reading comprehension, vocabulary & general knowledge, grammar). There is a fee for this exam. Passing score on each subtest must be 75% or higher. For more info: GRCC HESI Exam information

  • Students must: Conduct their own ICHAT online

Print off the results from the ICHAT

and bring that evidence, along with the Preliminary Background Check form, to GRCC Police or Health Admissions or email both the results and completed form to healthprograms@grcc.edu

  •  OR bring the Preliminary Background Check Form, with $10, to GRCC Police.

  • Drug Screen: Must have a negative 7-panel urine drug screen. May be able to use a drug screen done within the past 12 months. Results should be submitted to the Health Admissions Office, 600 College Park Plaza or email to healthprograms@grcc.edu

  • Foundational Courses: Students must complete the following courses prior to formal acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing program: 

    • BI 121 
    • PY 201 
    • EN 101
    • Credit for NUR 100, NUR 115, ADN 110, ADN 120, and ADN 130 may be granted for students who hold current/valid certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
  • In order to be eligible for admission into the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Practical Nursing program, students must have successfully completed any required courses with a grade of at least C and be in good academic standing. All nursing courses must be completed with a B- or higher.

  • Any student placed on Academic Suspension while on the waitlist or while enrolled in either nursing program will be withdrawn. Students wishing to pursue nursing after this may re-apply after following GRCC’s academic suspension policy and returning to good academic standing.

Associate Degree Nursing students are permitted 2 attempts at both 

  • BI 121 and BI 122 to achieve a grade of C or Higher. However, the Nursing Department strongly recommends that any student who has not completed BOTH BI 121 and BI 122 within a combined 3 attempts, re-evaluate their current academic pathway (a combined 3 attempts is 2 attempts at BI 121 followed by an unsuccessful first attempt at BI 122).  These students are instead encouraged to consider the Practical Nursing Program.

Students who are unsuccessful on a subsequent attempt in BI 122, BI 117, or GH 125, will not be eligible for either nursing program (examples below).  Students will be considered eligible to apply for the Associate Degree Program again in 4 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful biology course or in 3 years for the Practical Nursing Program.

Note: A withdrawal from a course, in which the student receives a W, is considered an unsuccessful attempt at that course and is included in the total number of attempts permitted.  Equivalent courses taken at other institutions will also be included in the total course attempts. 

Examples scenarios that maintain a student's eligibility for the Nursing Programs (not inclusive of all scenarios):

Student A:
BI 121 first attempt – D
BI 121 second attempt – B
BI 122 first attempt – C-
*GH 125 first attempt – B+
Student is eligible for PN program now

Student B:
BI 121 first attempt – W
BI 121 second attempt – B
BI 122 first attempt – C-
*BI 117 first attempt – A-
Student is eligible for the PN program now

Example scenarios that will result in being ineligible for the Nursing Programs (not inclusive of all scenarios):

Student C:
BI 121 first attempt – C-
BI 121 second attempt - B
BI 122 first attempt – D
BI 122 second attempt – D+
Student is ineligible for the ADN program and may reapply in 4 years from the semester of the most recent unsuccessful biology attempt.  Student is also ineligible for the PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful biology attempt (regardless if they subsequently take and pass GH 125 or BI 117)

Student D:
BI 121 first attempt – D
BI 121 second attempt – B
BI 122 first attempt – C-
BI 122 second attempt – W
Student is ineligible for the ADN program and may reapply in 4 years from the semester of the most recent unsuccessful biology attempt.  Student is also ineligible for the PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful biology attempt (regardless if they subsequently take and pass GH 125 or BI 117)

Student E:
BI 121 first attempt – W
BI 121 second attempt – B
BI 122 first attempt – D+
*GH 125 or BI 117 first attempt – C-
Student is ineligible for the PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful biology attempt (regardless if they subsequently take and pass GH 125 or BI 117 on a second attempt)

*Recommended course pathway after not completing BI 121 and BI 122 in a combined 3 attempts

Note: Life science courses (BI 117, BI 121, BI 122, and GH 125) must have been completed within eight years of graduation/completion of the Nursing Program at GRCC (This includes Life Science courses that are transferred in from other institutions regardless of the date in which they are transferred).

Questions about Biology requirements?

Students who have had an unsuccessful attempt at a Biology course or who have questions regarding the Biology requirements and next steps should contact the Nursing Department at (616) 234-4238 or via email at nursingprograms@grcc.edu

Any student placed on Academic Suspension while on the waitlist or while enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program, will be withdrawn. Students wishing to pursue nursing after this may re-apply after following GRCC's academic suspension policy and returning to good academic standing.  For additional Nursing Programs policies and guidelines, please consult the Nursing Student Handbook.

Opportunities exist for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with a current, unencumbered license and 2000 hours of work experience as an LPN to enter the ADN program with advanced standing. Contact the Nursing Department or view the Nursing Programs Web site for additional information. 

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work from the General Education Course list.  Course work must be selected as directed from the areas below.

English Composition and Communications

Humanities

Select one (1) Humanities General Education Elective.

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

General Education Total Credit Hours

15 (minimum)

Program Courses 

*With credit for NUR 100, NUR 115, ADN 110, ADN 120, and ADN 130 may be granted for students who hold current/valid certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Total Credit Hours

49

 

The Advanced Standing Associate Degree program contains a pre-nursing semester and three-four semesters of nursing course work. It is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (formerly NLNAC), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326; (404) 975-5000. The new applicant for licensure will be asked about substance abuse and/or felony conviction. According to public statute, previous felonies or misdemeanors for substance abuse, physical abuse, and/or criminal sexual conduct are likely to prevent an applicant from completing the program, taking the licensure exam NCLEX-RN and/or employment. Upon request, the Nursing Director will provide a list of rules and regulations governing licensure and employment in Michigan.

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