KCC nursing students pose in a sim lab on campusRegistered Nurses (RNs) are health professionals who serve individuals, families and communities with actual or potential health care needs. They are leaders, communicators, advocates, educators and care providers in the management of actual and/or potential health problems.

KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing and a Practical Nursing Certificate, with full-time, part-time and Advanced Placement options to fit students with diverse needs and schedules. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking the degree follows.

For more information about KCC’s Nursing Program, see:

Associate in Applied Science: Nursing

KCC’s Nursing Program is “laddered,” consisting of Level I and Level II courses. Upon successful completion of Level I, a Practical Nursing Certificate is awarded and graduates are eligible to take the PN-NCLEX licensure exam, if they choose. Students who continue and successfully complete Level II courses will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing and be eligible to take the RN-NCLEX licensure exam. Students do not need to re-apply to continue onto Level II coursework.

KCC’s Nursing Program is offered in full-time and part-time options. Once in the program, the full-time option takes four semesters to complete, fall-spring-fall-spring. The full-time program meets for class two times per week and for clinical once per week in the first semester. The remaining three semesters require class meetings two times per week and clinical two times per week.

The part-time option takes seven continuous semesters to complete, spring-summer-fall-spring-summer-fall-spring. The part-time program meets for class two times per week and clinical once per week in the first semester. The remaining six semesters require class meetings once per week and clinical once per week.

Class and clinicals can occur during day and evening hours for both the full-time and part-time programs, depending upon the schedule.

An Advanced Placement program option is available for current LPNs who are seeking to complete Level II coursework, earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing and be eligible for the RN-NCLEX licensure exam. Individuals interested in exploring admission requirements for the Advanced Placement option should contact an academic advisor at at 269-965-4124 or

Recommended course sequences for each program option are available through the following links:

General Education Courses

It is highly recommended students interested in applying to KCC’s Nursing Program complete the following general education courses prior to being accepted into the Nursing Program. All courses must be completed with grades of “C” (2.0) or better.

Required General Ed Courses
COMM 101: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication** OR COMM 111: Business and Technical Communication** OR COMM 207: Public Speaking**
Creativity Elective*
ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** OR ENGL 152: Freshman Composition**
Global Awareness Elective*
PSYC 201: Intro to Psychology**
PSYC 220: Developmental Psychology**

*For class options that fulfill the elective requirements indicated here, see the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of KCC’s Academic Catalog.

**Courses indicated with an asterisk fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit

Nursing Program Curriculum

The following courses are to be completed after admission to the KCC Nursing Program. All courses must be completed with grades of “C” (2.0) or better.

Required Level I Courses
NURS 141: The Fundamentals of Nursing
NURS 150: Chronic Physiologic Integrity
NURS 155: Family Processes
NURS 160: Pharmacology Application in Nursing Practice

Eligible for LPN-NCLEX

Required Level II Courses
NURS 272: Complex Physiologic Integrity 1
NURS 276: Psychosocial Integrity
NURS 281: Complex Physiologic Integrity 2
NURS 285: Management/Leadership in Nursing

Eligible for RN-NCLEX

Contact an academic advisor at at 269-965-4124 or for more information about course options for the Advanced Placement program option.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the Practical Nursing Certificate Program, and other important information, please review the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure complies with the Department of Education requirement for disclosure of information about career preparation programs that result in an award at the certificate level. The intention of this information is to help students make informed career and educational choices that may lead to gainful employment. The data provided is based on enrollment from the last award year.

Transfer Opportunities

KCC Nursing Program graduates may elect to continue their professional development by entering baccalaureate nursing programs that grant Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees or an RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Nursing Careers

Registered nurses are qualified for employment in various settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, health clinics, schools, home health agencies, primary care agencies and hospice facilities.

With further education, possible job titles for graduates with an education in nursing include:

  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse executive
  • Nurse midwife
  • Nurse practitioner 

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for nursing careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Why Study Nursing at KCC?

KCC’s Nursing Program is student-centered with both full- and part-time options. Our program offers state-of-the-art learning experiences including high-fidelity patient simulators. KCC’s Nursing Program graduate licensure pass rates are above state and national averages, and local employers say KCC Nursing graduates are some of the best prepared nurses they hire.

Program Options

KCC’s Nursing Program is the only local associate degree Nursing Program to offer a part-time program option in addition to the traditional full-time program.

State-of-the-Art Nursing Simulation

State-of-the-art, high-fidelity patient simulators are used in every KCC Nursing course. True-to-life patient simulations allow KCC students opportunities to practice providing patient care before providing nursing care to patients in a live health care setting.

NCLEX Licensure Pass Rates

KCC’s PN-NCLEX and RN-NCLEX graduate nursing licensure pass rates are above state and national averages.

Employer Feedback

“KCC grads continue to be the best prepared out of all our schools/graduates.”

“The graduates that we have hired from KCC have been compassionate and caring individuals, and seem to be more aware of nursing status/what is coming/what to expect in nursing careers. They seem to be prepared and know how to physically take care of patients from the assessments to the bathing to the discharge. Overall well-rounded nursing care.”

Accreditation, Mission & Philosophy

KCC’s Nursing Program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is approved and authorized by the Michigan Board of Nursing.


KCC’s Nursing educational community shares in the overall mission of KCC. By providing excellent educational experiences, we support scholarly endeavors for all individuals who have achieved admission to the various KCC Nursing programs. Our Nursing educators serve as facilitators of the learning process, encouraging all students to achieve their potential. As members of the academic community, students are accountable partners in the learning process, which incorporates evidence-based practice, critical thinking and lifelong learning. Students are prepared to practice as beginning nurse generalists to meet health care needs in a global society. We expect that every member of our academic community will adopt and enhance this mission.


The statement of philosophy expands on the mission of KCC’s Nursing education community and further articulates beliefs that have been integrated throughout the curriculum. The philosophy of KCC’s Nursing Department evolves from beliefs regarding the student, nursing discipline and nursing education to prepare the beginning nurse generalist to practice in a global and rapidly changing health care environment.

Each student brings diverse attitudes, knowledge, skills, life experiences, learning needs and styles that require varied approaches to the learning process.

Nursing is a dynamic discipline generated from a professional body of knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences. Through autonomous and collaborative decision making, the nurse applies related core competencies including caring, communication, critical thinking, evidence-based practice and professionalism.

Nursing education is research-based, reflective of health care trends and incorporates innovation, technology and creative instructional methods. Nurse educators design student-centered, individualized learning experiences for diverse student populations. The role of the Nurse educator is one of guiding, facilitating and mentoring the learner to promote the value of lifelong learning within the nursing profession.