With the goal of attaining accreditation from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Glen Oaks Community College has revised its associate of applied science in nursing program to align with the requirements of Michigan Board of Nursing.
Effective with the fall 2020 semester, Glen Oaks will launch new nursing program requirements to prepare students to test for the NCLEX- RN exam, administered by National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Upon passing, a student becomes certified as a registered nurse.
Although plans were moving along over the past year to work toward the changes, the college was able to expedite the process as a result of a high demand for nurses, due to COVID- 19, said Sara Birch, director of nursing at Glen Oaks.
Previously, the college offered a laddered program in which students completed a one-year program preparing them to test for the Licensed Practical Nurse exam, and then a year later, test for the NCLEX-RN.