KCC Nursing grad Cierra Landon

Registered 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 NCLEX-PN 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 NCLEX-RN 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 NCLEX-RN 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:

Required Prerequisite Courses

Please visit the KCC Nursing Admissions page for detailed information on Nursing Admission Requirements, including Required Prerequisite Coursework.

General Education Courses

It is highly recommended that 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
ENGL 151: Freshman Composition* OR ENGL 152: Freshman Composition*
SOCI 201: Intro to Sociology*
PSYC 201: Intro to Psychology*
PSYC 220: Developmental Psychology*

*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 NCLEX-PN

Required Level II Courses
NURS 273: Complex Physiologic Integrity 1
NURS 276: Psychosocial Integrity
NURS 281: Complex Physiologic Integrity 2
NURS 286: Transition to Practice

Eligible for NCLEX-RN

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

Student Achievement Data

KCC NCLEX-RN Performance

2018 2019 2020
KCC Average 74.82% 86.77% 84.26%
National Average 88.30% 88.18% 86.58%

KCC NCLEX-PN Performance

2018 2019 2020
KCC Average 84.34% 88.61% 92.00%
National Average 85.93% 85.63% 83.09%

Job Placement and Completion Rates for Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Graduates

Job Placement: 2018-2019 Associate Degree Graduates replying to our survey within 6-9 months after graduation reported they were employed in a position related to the nursing field: 100%

Completion Rates: Students starting the program in 2017: 63.5%

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 information about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Olivet College. 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. 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.

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

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) logoThe Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at Kellogg Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs logoThe Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, LPN to RN Advanced Placement, and Practical Nursing certificate programs are approved by the Michigan Board of NursingFor information about Michigan requirements for eligibility for nurse licensure visit,4601,7-154-72600_72603_27529_27542—,00.html.

KCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The Kellogg Community College Nursing Program provides excellent educational experiences that integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to prepare safe and competent nurse generalists who provide quality nursing care in a culturally diverse, global society. Through the spirit of inquiry and professional identity the nurse generalist develops sound clinical judgment that promotes teamwork, collaboration and personal growth.


Nursing discipline and nursing education are essential to the preparation of the nurse generalist to practice in a global, culturally diverse, and rapidly changing health care environment. A culture of integrity and civility is embraced in which open communication, personal reflection, and ethical decision making are encouraged.

Our actions demonstrate our commitment to ourselves and others in the larger community by advocating for the individual, family, and community through caring behaviors in an effort to build helping relationships and promote a healing environment.

Patient-centeredness is embraced utilizing a holistic caring approach incorporating culture, values, traditions, and spiritual beliefs. Nursing education is research based, reflective of health care trends, incorporating quality, patient safety, innovative technology, and creative instructional methods.

A culture of excellence is fostered reflecting a commitment to continuous growth, improvement, integrity and understanding.

The nursing program recognizes that each student brings diverse knowledge, skills, attitudes, life experiences, learning needs, and styles requiring varied approaches to the learning process. Nurse Educators design student-centered, individualized learning experiences for diverse student populations. The role of the Nurse Educator within the nursing program is one of guiding, facilitating, and mentoring to promote life-long learning.