In pursuit of fulfilling the higher education needs of the residents of Monroe County, the Monroe County Community College came into being. From 1964, the community college has been offering two-year degree programs for the residents of Monroe and Detroit. The college has great expansion on educational infrastructure on its 215 acre land on Raisinville Road and a satellite campus at Temperance, Michigan.
Health Sciences Division
At Monroe County Community College, the division of health sciences has one two-year nursing degree program and three certificate nursing programs. The programs have been approved and accredited and by the Michigan Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission respectively. Detailed information about the nursing programs at the community college is as follows:
Registered Nursing Two-Year Associate Degree
This program aims at training professional nurses on a full time basis as part of their preparation in taking the NCLEX-RN exams. Students are expected to complete a total of 72 credits including general education courses. During the course of the study, students are expected to participate in clinical practicum sessions held in health agencies in Michigan and Ohio.
It is important to note that since the college does not have onsite nursing labs, students are expected to undertake all their practical sessions outside the college at designated sites. In this case, students must cover the costs of their clinical sessions in terms of commuting to and from clinical facilities. The college also accepts LPN transfer students who wish to have advanced placement for this associate of Science in nursing degree.
Practical Nursing Certificate
The program prepares students to work under registered nurses by offering basic patient and bedside care training. It requires 38 credits to complete so that students can be eligible for NCLEX-PN exam and licensure in Michigan. For nurses who are coming-in as certified nursing assistants, two credits are exempted in recognition of the CNA certificate.
Nurse Aide Certificate
At Monroe County Community College, students have the chance to take one course; entailing 5 credits to become nurse assistants. Completion of the credits and 48 clinical hours place the students in a position to sit for certification exams to become certified nurse aides.
The program aims at providing training to students wishing to get fast entrance into nursing. Students are trained on blood drawing techniques including venipunctures, specimen transportation and storage. Students must be aware that the program may be offered during the day and evening for the practical sessions depending on health agencies schedule. The practical sessions takes 40 hours per week while the classroom theory portion is 20 hours per week. A total of nine credits must be completed for students to be eligible for the phlebotomy technician exam.
Just like the registered nurses program, certificate programs students must cater for their own transportation to health care agencies in Ohio and within Michigan. The costs of this are not included in the fees for the programs.
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe,