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Embark upon a rewarding health care career, or expand one you’re already passionate about. Health care has always been an exciting and dynamic profession, but it is even more today with what seems like nearly daily advancements in technology.

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WSCC’s Nursing & Allied Health program can help you embark upon a rewarding health care career, or expand one you’re already passionate about. Jobs in the health care field will grow as more people gain access to health insurance, the population ages, and research provides ever increasing advances in diagnosis and treatment. Health care has always been an exciting and dynamic profession, but it is even more today with what seems like nearly daily advancements in technology, deepening public knowledge about prevention and treatments, and national and local debates about every aspect of health care. Job growth is anticipated throughout the health care sector at rates up to double that of other sectors.

The WSCC nursing program prepares you to take the NCLEX exam in the State of Michigan. Graduates who want to practice in other states should review those requirements via that Board of Nursing link.

Nursing Applications

Nursing applications are accepted January 1 – March 1 each year and a link to submit an online application will be available during that timeframe.

The online Nursing Application can be found here (must be signed into my.westshore.edu to view)
To view the Nursing Application, click here

For Transition Students (LPN to RN), please fill out the application here

Accreditation Information

West Shore Community College Practical and Associate Degree in Nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-909-2526.

Nursing Outcomes And Information

Nursing Student Handbook

As of Jan 1, 20241st level (PN Program)2nd level (ADN Program)
NCLEX first-time pass Rate2023 Total= 100%
2022 Total= 84.62%
2021 Total=100%
*this is based on the number of graduates who took the NCLEX-PN during the listed calendar year, not necessarily the students that graduated during that period.
 
[3-yr avg = 94.87%]
 
2023 State avg = 86.09%
2023 National avg = 86.68%
2023 Total = 100%
2022 Total = 100%
2021 = 86.36%
*this is based on the number of graduates who took the NCLEX-RN during the listed calendar year, not necessarily the students that graduated during that period.
 
[3-year avg = 95.45%]
 
2023 State avg = 88.47
2023 National avg = 88.56
Completion Rate(within 200% of program length)
2024 (May 2023 cohort) = 94.44%
2023 (May 2022 cohort) = 87.5%
2022 (May 2021 cohort) = 84.62%
 
[3-yr avg = 88.85%]
(within 150% of program length)
2024 (May 2023 cohort) = 83.33%
2023 (May 2022 cohort) = 80.77%
2022 (May 2021 cohort) = 75.00%

[3-yr avg = 79.7%]
Employment Rate(of those seeking employment):

2023 graduates = 100%
2022 graduates = 100%
2021 graduates = 100%

[3-yr avg = 100% of those seeking employment]
(of those seeking employment):
2023 graduates = 100%
2022 graduates = 100%
2021 graduates = 100%
 
[3-yr avg = 100%]

Alumni Satisfaction Rate (on a scale of 1 to 5)2024 (May 2023 cohort = 4.72
2023 (May 2022 cohort) 1 = 4.5
2022 (May 2021 cohort) = 4.25

[3-yr avg = 4.49]
2024 (May 2023 cohort) = 4.65
2023 (May 2022 cohort) = 4.67
2022 (May 2021 cohort) = 4.67

[3-yr avg = 4.66]
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work in nursing homes, hospitals, private homes, and physician offices. They help people of all ages by assessing health, providing treatments, comfort, and caring. LPNs are respected members of the health care team, working under the direction of RNs and doctors. WSCC’s LPN program serves as the first year of the curriculum toward the associate’s degree in nursing.

Learn more about what LPNs do here.

Registered Nurse (RN)

Registered Nurses (RNs) work as respected health professionals who help people stay healthy or get healthy. RNs provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families. RNs work in hospitals, private homes, nursing homes, schools, and correctional facilities and often lead a team of other healthcare providers. The Institute of Medicine is encouraging all RNs to obtain bachelor’s degrees by 2020 and WSCC has multiple articulation agreements with four‐year universities allowing for transferability of classes.

Learn more about what RNs do here.

Nursing Assistant - Multi‐Skilled Health Care

Wherever there is a need for hands‐on personal care, certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), or nurse aides, are there. Nursing assistants are the caregivers who help patients of all ages perform the most essential basic activities of daily life, like bathing, toileting, dressing, and eating. CNAs work under the supervision of nurses, and since they have extensive daily contact with each patient, they play a key role in keeping nurses informed about patients’ needs.

Learn more about being a nursing assistant here.

Radiologic Technology

Radiologic technologists, also known as “rad techs,” perform diagnostic imaging examinations using computerized equipment such as x‐rays and MRIs. They assist patients to be positioned correctly for the test procedure. They also maintain imaging equipment. Most radiologic technicians work in hospitals.

Learn more about being a radiologic technologist here.

Michigan Workforce Training and Education Collaborative (MWTEC) Program Information

MRI scanners use a magnetic field and radio waves (non-invasive) to produce detailed images of the inside of the body that may not be seen with an X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound. These images are used by physicians to diagnosis diseases and injuries. An MRI technologist operates the MRI scanner and assists and guides patients through the scan. Upon completion of the MRI program, students will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT-MR) exam (required for employment).

EEG identifies electrical activity in the brain that aids in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches, seizures, strokes, and comas. An EEG technician places electrodes to cranial surfaces and records an electroencephalogram. Upon completion of the EEG program, students will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) exam.

The EPiC Consortium Neurodiagnostic Technology (EEG) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology. As a member of the EPiC Consortium, the West Shore Community College’s Neurodiagnostic Technology (EEG) program is CAAHEP accredited. 

CT scan is a detailed X-ray that produces cross sectional images of the body’s internal structures that aids in the diagnosis of medical conditions. A CT technician operates CT equipment, administers contrast agents as ordered, and positions the patient so precise images are captured. Must be certified in radiography (ARRT), radiation therapy (ARRT), sonography (ARRT or ARDMS), or nuclear medicine (ARRT or NMTCB) to be eligible to apply for the CT program. Upon completion of the CT program, students will be eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT-CT) exam.

Medical Assistants (MAs) work in medical offices assisting certified, licensed, and/or registered health care professionals under the direction of a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner. The graduate will be able to perform administrative and clinical skills in a professional manner while supporting diversity, utilizing safety measures and applying practical knowledge when caring for patients. Upon completion of the program the graduate will be eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.

Nursing Application Checklist

Admission to the Nursing Program at West Shore Community College is competitive and based on a number of factors. The application period for the program is January 1 through March 1 for the upcoming fall.

To view the Nursing Application Checklist, click here.
*Note: Please see top of the page for a copy of the full nursing application and a link to the online nursing application.*

Please be advised that students will be required to undergo a criminal background investigation prior to beginning the Nursing Program. Any negative factors in a student’s background may prohibit entrance into the program. In addition, students who are convicted of an offense during the program may be required to withdraw, or may be denied a license by the Michigan Board of Nursing. Please contact the Director of Nursing or the Dean of Student Services for further information.

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