Nursing Program

Nursing (LPN/RN)

More Information

If you’d like more information about the nursing programs at ACC contact:

Lisa Brege
Nursing Program Secretary

Program Description
Alpena Community College's Nursing Program is a candidate of accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The ACEN Accreditation visit will take place October 18 - October 20, 2016. A copy of the agenda for the visit can be found here.

ACC offers two nursing program options, both approved by the State of Michigan Board of Nursing:

  • One-year certificate program in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN-Level I)
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree as a Registered Nurse (RN-Level II)
The nursing curriculum at ACC is designed to promote career mobility and offer qualified students alternative educational Nursing Studenttracks according to their career goals. With two entry and exit points in the curriculum, students can achieve the level of nursing education that is best for them.

Before starting the LPN certificate (Level I), students are required to successfully complete specific general education
prerequisite courses. The Registered Nursing Program (Level II) includes the Level I curriculum, plus two additional semesters of nursing courses. Students also participate in clinical work at several local health care facilities.

Nursing students are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average to stay in the program and must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average to be accepted into the Level II AAS degree program.

Whether you graduate with a certificate or an associate degree, you will be required to pass a licensure exam for your respective field of study.

Program 5-Year Outcomes

Before starting, your academic background and assessment scores or testing results are reviewed to determine the right courses to take. Review classes are also available to prepare you to meet the academic requirements of the ACC Nursing Programs. Students with college course work at other institutions can have official transcripts evaluated for possible transfer credit.

Program Facilities
Students learn in a simulated hospital area with equipment used in health care facilities. Computer simulation programs enhance your critical thinking skills.

Special Opportunities
UM-Flint and ACC have collaborated to offer select UM-Flint courses leading to a BSN degree through a combination of classes on-site in Alpena, Flint, and online. Current ACC students may enroll as a UM-Flint Guest Student while completing course work at ACC. A Financial Aid Consortium Agreement is in place for students who wish to utilize financial aid between ACC and UM-Flint.

Career Options
As a licensed practical nurse (LPN) you work under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. You provide care such as taking vital signs, performing routine laboratory tests, feeding and bathing, recording observations, assisting physicians during treatments and examinations, administering medications, and assisting in convalescence and rehabilitation. You’ll find the greatest job prospects for LPNs to be in hospitals, nursing homes, or doctors’ offices. As a registered nurse (RN), you provide and coordinate nursing care. Based on your  assessments, you prioritize needs and delegate aspects of nursing care to LPNs and assistant personnel. You’ll find the greatest number of job opportunities for RNs in hospitals, extended care facilities, and home care/community health settings.

With additional education and experience, career opportunities in management and education roles become possible.
Overall, job opportunities for LPNs and RNs are expected to be excellent. Employment of licensed practical nurses and registered nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Average salary ranges depend on the employer and your skill level. Median annual earnings for LPNs were $40,380 in May 2010 and $64,690 for RNs.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Registered  Nurses, on the Internet at (visited June 08, 2012).