Nursing Program

The hurt and wounded I pacify with soothing hand. I sit by the restless all the dark night.
-Walt Whitman, from The Wound Dresser, about his experiences as a field hospital nurse during the Civil War

Why Nursing?

Those who choose nursing do so because they want a career that makes a real difference in people’s lives. Nurses are the first to hear a patient’s complaint or a family’s concern, serving as frontline triage in a hospital or doctor’s office. Comprising the largest part of the clinical health care workforce and as an integral part of a health care team, nurses are highly skilled professionals who enjoy job stability and scheduling options more so than most other careers. Becoming a Registered Nurse (RN), a highly respected credential, requires an associate degree and passage of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX).

Macomb’s Nursing Program

Macomb’s Nursing Program, a selective admission program, prepares you for the NCLEX and a career as an RN. Your nursing and arts and sciences courses are reinforced with directed clinical experience in a hospital or other health care facility. Your nursing courses will introduce you to both theory and patient-centered practice as you explore possible nursing specialties. You will also learn the framework of the nursing process and will develop critical thinking skills in caring for culturally-diverse patients and their families

Nursing Courses at Macomb

In the Nursing Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • General Microbiology
  • Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Health Assessment in Nursing
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 1
  • Introduction to Clinical Nursing Skills
  • Health Assessment in Nursing Skills
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 2A & 2B
  • Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice
  • Introduction to and Intermediate Adult
    Medical-Surgical Nursing A, B & Clinical
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing A, B & Clinical
  • Childbearing Family Nursing
  • Complications of Childbearing Nursing
    Childbearing Family Nursing Clinical

National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) Pass Rates:
2013 - 91.18%
2014 - 92.47%
2015 - 90.78%

Macomb Community College Nursing graduates successfully completed the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) at an average past rate of 91% pass rate over the past three years. Additionally, 90% of the nursing students complete the program within a three-year time frame and 85% are employed within six months of graduation. Of those employed, 98% work in an acute care environment providing direct patient nursing care.


The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) located at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. ACEN’s phone number is 404.975.5000.

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing, you will be qualified for positions that include Registered Nurse.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)

The credits earned in Macomb’s Nursing Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and can be applied toward a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN).  

Read the program guide now about how to transfer from Macomb to Michigan State University to earn your BSN.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a BSN, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Nursing Program?

For more information about the Nursing Program at Macomb, contact Teri Hupfel at 586-286-2074 or

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