Nursing

Registered Nurse

Why Nursing at Gogebic Community College?

Students have many choices!

Our nursing programs are designed to offer students options and career mobility! GCC offers two program options that are approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing:

  • Associate Degree Nursing with LPN Exit Option – 64 credits
  • Advanced Standing LPN to RN Associate Degree - 42 credits

 Progression:

  • Students successfully completing both the first year of nursing classes and the exit out class are eligible to sit for the LPN licensure exam.
  • Students successfully completing the Associate Degree program are eligible to sit for the RN licensure exam.
  • Licensed LPNs wishing to obtain their RN degree may apply for the advanced standing LPN-RN program.

Quality and Experience:

  • GCC Nursing students graduate with the skills necessary to confidently care for acute and chronically ill patients in a wide variety of hospital and community settings.
  • GCC students have a reputation of being well prepared, skilled, caring professional nurses.
  • A wide variety of hands-on lab and patient care simulation experiences allow students to become confident in patient care skills before working with patients in a clinical setting
  • Students apply theory and practical knowledge to a variety of patient situations during clinical experiences to prepare them for practice.
  • Interactive classroom environment is designed to increase critical thinking and teaches students to think like a nurse.
  • Articulation agreements allow for smooth transitions to RN to BSN programs.

Employment Outlook

  • Median annual wage in 2015 was $67,490 (Better Business Bureau).
  • Employment is projected to grow 16% between 2014-2024.
  • Variety: nurses work in hospitals, outpatient care centers, physician’s offices, home health, nursing care facilities, schools, correctional facilities, rehabilitation facilities, or in the military.
  • Mobility: Nurses are highly sought after in every area of the country.

Why an Associate’s Degree?

Start working as a Registered Nurse in as little as 2 ½ years! The nursing program gives you a wide variety of hand-on nursing experiences.  Employers recognize GCC graduates as nurses who can hit the ground running right out of college.  

Program Highlights

Gogebic Community College’s Nursing Program allows students to engage in problem solving, critical thinking, and patient care while teaching you to communicate effectively.  GCC’s low instructor to student ratio allows our experienced faculty to personally guide through your coursework and clinical experiences.  As a GCC graduate, you will be prepared to be a skilled, compassionate nurse. 

Clinical Practice

Your clinical experiences are completed in a variety of hospital, clinic, long term care, mental health, and community settings.  Our expert clinical instructors will coach you as you engage in patient care.  Your clinical experience will allow you to network with professionals on the healthcare team and potential employers. 

Innovative Teaching

Our concept based curriculum is designed to engage all types of student learners.  Students engage in group work, hand-on skills training, and patient care simulation to gain the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality nursing care for their patients.  The GCC curriculum emphasizes safe, holistic patient care that is based on current knowledge and practice.

RN to BSN

Your associates degree can allow you to start your career early on, and gives you the flexibility to pursue your RN to BSN while you are practicing as a nurse.  Our articulation agreements allow students to seamlessly transfer up to 90 GCC credits towards an RN to BSN Degree.  GCC has agreements with University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Finlandia, and Northern Michigan University.

Location

Year one of the nursing program is offered on both the Houghton and Ironwood campuses.  During year two class, lab and simulation is located on the Ironwood campus.  Medical Surgical clinical rotations are offered at both the Ironwood and Houghton campus regions. 

Contact Information:

For more information, contact the Allied Health Coordinator at 906-307-1224.

Associate Degree Nursing Program

The following classes must be completed prior to admission to the core nursing classes.

  • ORI 100 Freshman Orientation – 1 Credit
  • BIO 250 Human Anatomy – 4 Credits
  • ENG 101 English Composition – 3 Credits
  • PSY 101 General Psychology – 4 Credits

First Semester

  • BIO 251 Human Physiology – 4 credits
  • NUR 140 – Fundamental Concepts of Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan – 7 credits (6-3-0)
  • NUR 141 – Clinical Experience of Fundamental Concepts – 1 Credit
  • NUR 142 – Clinical Reasoning in Current Nursing Practice – 2 Credits

Second Semester

  • NUR 144 - Concepts of Nursing Practice in the Care of Patients with Uncomplicated Conditions – 9 Credits (8-3-0)
  • NUR 145 – Clinical Experience of Nursing Practice I– 4 Credits

PN Exit Course – for those students who wish to complete the NCLEX-LPN Examination and receive a certificate -

  • NUR 150 – Practical Nursing Exit Course – 3 credits
  • Total LPN Credits:  42

Third Semester

  • Humanities Course – 3 credits
  • NUR 240 – Concepts of Nursing Practice in the Care of Adults with Stable and Unstable Conditions 5 Credits (4-3-0)
  • NUR 241 – Clinical Experience of Nursing Practice II – 4 Credits

Fourth Semester

  • NUR 244 – Concepts of Nursing Practice in the Care of Patients Across the Lifespan with Complex Conditions – 4 Credits (4-0-0)
  • NUR 245 – Clinical Experience of Complex Patients - 4 Credits
  • NUR 246 – Transition to Nursing Practice – 2 Credits
  • Communications – 3 Credits
    • ENG 102
    • ENG 250
    • SPE 101
    • SPE 105

Total Credits for the Associate Degree Program: 64 credits

 

Gogebic CC Nursing Program Deliver Baby

Students entering into the Associate Degree Program must be currently licensed as a CNA prior to acceptance into the Core Nursing Classes.  Student must also test in at Math 104 or complete Math 103 with a “C” or higher prior to entry into the Core Nursing Classes.  Students currently licensed in the State of Michigan as an LPN have the option of entering into the program during the 3rd semester of the program. 

Advanced Standing LPN to RN Program

The following classes must be completed prior to admission. 

  • ORI 100 Freshman Orientation – 1 Credit
  • BIO 250 Human Anatomy – 4 Credits
  • ENG 101 English Composition – 3 Credits
  • PSY 101 General Psychology – 4 Credits
  • BIO 251 Human Physiology – 4 Credits

Associate Degree Nursing

First Semester

  • Humanities Course – 3 credits
  • NUR 240 – Concepts of Nursing Practice in the Care of Adults with Stable and Unstable Conditions 5 Credits
  • NUR 241 – Clinical Experience of Nursing Practice II – 4 Credits
  • NUR 242 – Transition to RN Program – 1 Credit

Second Semester

  • NUR 244 – Concepts of Nursing Practice in the Care of Patients Across the Lifespan with Complex Conditions – 4 Credits
  • NUR 245 – Clinical Experience of Complex Patients - 4 Credits
  • NUR 246 – Transition to Nursing Practice – 2 Credits
  • Communications – 3 Credits
    • ENG 102
    • ENG 250
    • SPE 101
    • SPE 105 

Total Credits for the Associate Degree Program - 42 credits

Students entering into the Associate Degree Advanced Standing LPN to RN Program must be currently licensed as an LPN prior to acceptance into the Core Nursing Classes.  Student must also successfully complete the Transition course with a B- or higher in order to progress in the program.   Human Anatomy and Physiology must be current within the past 7 years.  Students are required to complete an ATI comprehensive predictor test prior to August 5th to identify content areas needing remediation.

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