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What is a Registered Nurse?

Registered Nurses perform patient assessments; develop, implement, and evaluate client-care plans; and provide supervision and guidance to LPNs and allied health care technicians. RNs promote health, prevent disease, and help clients cope with illness. They provide care, treatment, and health education to clients and the community. They advocate for clients, families, and communities.

Notice of program changes:

The Nursing Program at Gogebic Community College is undergoing programing changes. These changes will go in effect the Fall Semester 2016. The program will be an Associate Degree in Nursing program with an LPN exit option. Students successfully completing the first two semesters of core nursing classes will have the option to exit out by taking an LPN exit course. Successful completion of this exit course will allow the student to be eligible to take the NCLEX-LPN examination. Students choosing this option can also choose to continue on their education to complete their Associate Degree coursework. Students not choosing the exit option will continue on to the last two semesters of nursing coursework to complete the Associates Degree.

The second year of nursing coursework in the current laddered program will be offered during the 2015-2016 Academic Year, allowing students who have completed the first year of the laddered Associate Degree Program to complete their Degree. Licensed Practical Nurses from other programs interested in enrolling in the program to complete their Associate Degree in Nursing have the option to do so. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Rowe, 906-932-4231 ext. 342

Employment Opportunities
Hospitals, long term care facilities, outpatient and clinic settings, and various community agencies employ successful graduates of the program. Salaries vary depending on setting and geographical area.

Median annual earnings of registered nurses were $64,690 in 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $52,980 and $79,020. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,190, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $95,130.

Gogebic Community College offers a full time Associate Degree Nursing program. The program is two consecutive semesters which begins each August. All classes are held at the main campus in Ironwood. Clinical sites are located in Ironwood and the Copper Country.

Requirements for acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program with LPN Exit Option:

  • Currently Certified as a Nurse Aide
  • Application to the Nursing Program
  • Successful Completion of Pre-requisite courses (BIO 250, PSY 101, ENG 101, ORI 100) Must have Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher in these courses.
  • Place in Math 104 or higher, or complete Math 103 with a C or higher.

Some applicants may need prerequisite courses that they did not complete during their LPN training. This will be evaluated by your advisor upon admission to the college prior to your acceptance into the program.

For more information contact Deb Aspinwall,
Allied Health (Health Careers) Coordinator
Phone 1.800.682.5910 ext. 224


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