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Practical Nurse - Advanced Certificate

About the program

The Practical Nurse program is a Certificate program at Delta College that prepares students to assist physicians and Registered Nurses in providing direct patient care, such as collecting patient data, performing basic tests, administering medications and carrying out treatments.

Students are required to take prerequisite courses prior to the clinical coursework. The clinical portion of the program is 26 credits spread over three semesters.

Upon completion of the program, the graduates are eligible to take the Practical Nurse licensure exam. The pass rate of program graduates on the PN-NCLEX exam is very high. 

Job outlook

Employment of practical nurses is expected to grow 22 percent between 2012 and 2022 Median annual wages of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses were $42,490 in May 2014.

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For more information, contact:

Katie Green
Administrative Office Professional
(989) 686-9500;
Office F211
Wanda Zenzen, DNP, FNP-C, RN
Nursing Program Coordinator
Office F219

Practical Nurse - Advanced Certificate

Program Code: CHA.35563

The PN program of study prepares you to function effectively as a member of the health care team under the direction of the RN and/or the physician. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive an Advanced Certificate and are eligible to take the Practical Nursing licensure exam. The PN clinical coursework is an intense full-time three semesters (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer) that requires college-level reading, writing, and applied math skills. This program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

You must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the following core courses in order to qualify for validation.

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 152W4Human Anatomy & Physiology I AND ______________
BIO 153W4Human Anatomy & Physiology II ______________
OR ______________
BIO 240(4)Human Anatomy AND ______________
BIO 241(4)Physiology ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
MTH 1170/2Math for Allied Health ______________
HSC 1052Medical Terminology ______________
PHM 2853Pharmacology for Health Care Professionals ______________

Prior to attempting to register to begin the clinical sequence, you must complete the "Validation Application" and be officially validated. See validation procedures in this catalog for the required process.

Clinical Program Requirements

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
PNE 121W6Fundamentals of Nursing AND ______________
PNE 121LW3Fundamentals of Practical Nursing Lab ______________
PNE 122W6Care of the Adult I AND ______________
PNE 122LW3Care of Adult I Lab ______________
PNE 123W2Care of the Adult II AND ______________
PNE 123LW2Care of Adult II Lab ______________
PNE 125W3Basic Maternal Child AND ______________
PNE 125LW1Basic Maternal Child Lab ______________

42/44Total Credits Required/certificate


1 - Students must have completed BIO 152 and BIO 153 or BIO 240 and BIO 241 within the past ten years. If this time period is exceeded, an approved biology course must be taken to refresh this content. Please see the nursing program coordinator to determine which course(s) must be taken.
2 - It is important that you check a semester ahead of time when you plan on validating for the nursing program to make sure course requirements have not changed. Updated information can be found through the nursing web page:, calling the Counseling Office (989-686-9330) or the Nursing Discipline Office (989-686-9500).
3 - Prerequisite qualifications for validation are: (a) be admitted to Delta College, (b) provide transcripts reflecting high school diploma or GED, and all other colleges or training institutions attended, (c) completion of core courses with a grade of "C" or better and an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater for validation. Math competency exam is offered through the Assessment/Testing Office in D-101. All listed requirements must be completed for graduation. A minimum prerequisite of Reading Level 4 is required for validation.
4 - Due to the limited capacity of clinical facilities and the specific requirements of the accreditation agencies, this Program is considered a "limited enrollment" program. You will be eligible to attempt to register for clinical courses only after successfully completing the prerequisite qualifications and receiving a "Semester and Year of Validation" from the Registrar's office. You must attempt registration for clinical entry each fall semester following validation until admission into the clinical portion of the program.
5 - Prior to entrance into the first clinical course, you must provide documentation of current or prior certification as a Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the State of Michigan or documentation of competency in Basic Nursing Skills. Please refer to Basic Nursing Skills guidelines for admisstion into Nursing programs at Prior certification requires documentation of specific abilities from employers. This documentation must be submitted to the Nursing Discipline Office (F226).
6 - The Nursing Student Handbook contains additional information, requirements and specific program policies that you are required to comply with while enrolled in the nursing program. See Nursing Student Handbook. You must comply with all Nursing Program Policies.
7 - In addition to tuition and textbook costs, you must provide your own uniforms, clinic shoes, name tags and transportation to clinical agency settings, including possible parking charges. See for program costs.
8 - First semester PNE nursing courses (PNE 121W & PNE 121LW) are offered each Fall Semester. With successful progression, the student will complete the program the following August. If a student graduates from the Delta PN program and would like to pursue the transition track of the ADN program, there are two options: One option is the PN graduate must pass the NCLEX-PN exam and work full time as a LPN for a minimum of one year; or if the PN student carries a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the PN program (including prerequisites) and has all pre-requisites for the ADN program completed, the Delta PN graduate who is successful on their NCLEX-PN exam, may validate for the LPN to ADN Transition track and attempt registration for the next Transition entry class the following Winter. Refer to Nursing RN Transition Track for additional program information.
9 - Program-Entry Health Requirements: You must submit an up-to-date complete physical examination report to the Nursing Office prior to entrance into the first clinical course. As a clinical student, you are required to have the Influenza vaccine and a TB skin test annually. (A positive TB test will require a recent chest x-ray). The physical examination must confirm that you are free from communicable disease and capable of performing all the duties necessary for the safe care of patients. Proof of Hepatitis B vaccine immunization must be submitted with the physical exam form or you must submit a signed waiver form. For persons born after 1957, documentation of immunization for MMR must be provided. Evidence of current (within ten years) Tetanus immunization status is required. You must submit all up-to-date health requirements to the Nursing Discipline Office prior to entrance into the first clinical course. CPR Training: You must have a CPR card, which must remain current throughout the clinical program. A photocopy of your certificate must be turned in to the Nursing Discipline Office prior to the start of classes. The CPR certification must include one and two person rescuer, child and infant rescuer, airway obstruction relief, and use of AED. Students with expired CPR certification, TB test, and/or physical exam will not be allowed to attend clinical.
10 - Any student with a previous or current felony/misdemeanor conviction must inform the Nursing Program Coordinator of said conviction. Students should be aware that a felony/misdemeanor conviction may constitute grounds for ineligibility to sit for the Nursing Licensure examination. Students should be aware that the current licensure application form now requires that a criminal background check including fingerprinting be completed. Questions regarding licensure can be found at or be directed to the Michigan Board of Nursing at 517-335-0918.
11 - All entering nursing students must be fingerprinted as part of health care agency requirements. Students will complete and sign a release form allowing Delta College Public Safety to complete a background check. Information about this process will be provided to the student at orientation. Results of the background check will be secured and kept confidential, but may be shared with clinical agencies when requested or as otherwise required by law. If results indicate a felony/misdemeanor conviction, the Nursing Program Coordinator will discuss the findings and the process with the student. A felony/misdemeanor conviction may delay or end the student's nursing education, delay graduation, or change the curriculum from which the student may graduate.
12 - If a student in good standing (2.0 or better) or granted reentry into the program has a period of inactivity within a program track that exceeds 18 months, the student will need to revalidate for a program track and complete the entire clinical program.
13 - A person can achieve PNE program completion if NUR 240W and NUR 240LW, or NPT 260AW and NPT 260ALW are successfully completed.
14 - Certificate Requirements: Earn a minimum of two-thirds of program credits or 24 credits at Delta College, whichever is less. Note that the nursing program handbook requires at least two semesters of the clinical program be taken at Delta College in order to graduate from the nursing program.

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