A practical nursing certificate prepares students to function as beginning licensed practical nurses and members of the health team, under the supervision of the registered nurse, physician or dentist, in the care of stable individuals with acute and chronic illnesses.
Licensed practical nurses provide basic bedside nursing care and are qualified for employment in structured practice settings, including acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, community settings, nursing homes, clinics and physicians’ offices.
Monroe County Community College’s program offers learning opportunities in the classroom, laboratory setting, and clinical setting. After admission to the program, a total of 39.5 credit hours of study are required. The Certificate in Practical Nursing program is fully approved through the Michigan Board of Nursing.
Upon program completion, students will be prepared and eligible to apply for licensure in the State of Michigan. Students must meet the Michigan Board of Nursing eligibility requirements and successfully pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) in order to become a licensed practice nurse.
Currently, the greatest employment opportunities for practical nurses are in extended care and community settings. With experience, practical nurses may also function in providing nursing care in specialized areas, including home health and hospice settings, and in charge nurse and management positions in extended care facilities and nursing homes.
The salary for licensed practical nurses in Michigan ranges from $40,000-$50,000 per year with benefits. Practical nursing is an excellent entry-level career choice, and graduates may qualify to complete advanced degrees in nursing with more education.