Oakland Community College Nursing Program Review

By the vote of the electorate of Oakland County, this community college came into being. The College opened its doors for two-year programs in 1965 serving the residents of Oakland County and beyond. Oakland community college (OCC) prides itself in being the largest community college in the state offering close to a 100 two-year degree programs and about 50 certificate programs.  With five campuses all over Oakland, the college promises to deliver higher education right at the neighborhoods of Oakland.

Department of Nursing- Oakland Community College

The department of nursing is located in the Highland lakes campus; one of the satellite campuses of Oakland Community college. The department has four nursing programs approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and also accredited by the NLNAC. Three of the programs lead to an associate in applied science degree while one is a certificate program.

Associate in Applied Science- Nursing

This is an occupation-oriented nursing program that prepares students to get into the nursing field. It trains students to be ready to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to become registered nurses. For completion, students must take and pass 72 credits distributed between practical nursing and classroom instruction. The program takes a full time study mode but students who have completed all prerequisites courses before admission are allowed to take part time classes.

Transitional LPN to AND Track

The program takes in licensed practical nurses that have active unrestricted Michigan licenses. Prior to admission, students must complete a bridging transition course. Just like the ADN, students can choose the full time or the part time mode if they have completed the general education units prior to admission.  Classes for this particular program commence only in summer semesters. The program leads to eligibility to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and an award of an Associate in applied Science degree.

Practical Nurse Education Modified Career Ladder

This program is a form of a career ladder that basis its foundation from the usual associate degree. Students enrolled for this program take the same classes with the ADN track students. The only difference is that students can choose to exit after the first year of study having completed 42 credits. At this level, the students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam and be awarded a certificate of completion.

Second Year Nursing Completion

For Oakland Community college graduates of the practical nursing education, they have the chance to apply for this program. The program picks from the exit point of the above named ladder program i.e. first year of the ADN and students continue to complete their 31 credits required for the usual ADN track. Since this program is only available for former Oakland graduates, the program may not be available in all academic years due to lack of quorum. The kick-off of the program entirely depends on the number of students who are interested in coming back to Oakland for the ADN. The mode of study is similar to that of the other nursing programs; full time or part time for those who have completed general education courses.

There is also a phlebotomy certificate program; not specifically designed for nurses, but for any health- field students who wish to take a medical assisting program.

Oakland Community College
2480 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills,
MI 48304