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Preparing students for many roles.

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, ACC offers nursing programs designed toNursing student crouching in front of a group of fellow students promote career mobility. Our programs are approved by the State of Michigan Board of Nursing:

At ACC we provide qualified students with alternative educational tracks according to their career goals. With multiple entry and exit points in the curriculum, students can achieve the level of nursing education that is best for them.

Discover the ACC Nursing Program
With a career in nursing, you won't just make a living - you'll make a difference! Housed in the new Ruth C. Julian Hall of Health Sciences in Van Lare Hall, the ACC nursing program offers hands-on learning and state-of-the-art technology. Students can take the LPN and the RN program at both our Alpena and our Oscoda campuses. The ACC nursing program is the start you need toward a great career in health care. With no waitlist, your future can start sooner than you think!

Certificate Licensed Practical Nurse Program

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. 

Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program

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.

Students are able to complete their nursing programs at both our Alpena and Oscoda campuses.

Prior to starting the LPN certificate program or the RN degree program, students are required to successfully complete specific general education prerequisite courses:

  • BIO-110 + Lab
  • ENG-111
  • HEA-133
  • SPE-121 or SPE-123

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 Registered Nursing AAS degree program.

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 coursework at other institutions can have official transcripts evaluated for possible transfer credit.

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The latest technology to prepare you for the future.

Technology is changing rapidly, and at ACC, we strive to provide you with the best tools and equipment possible to ensure your success. Whether it's our state-of-the-art Anatomage table, birthing manikins, or patient simulators, we've got you covered.

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Katie Flemington takes a self picture while wearing protective equipment

Meet Katie Flemington, an ACC nursing student graduate who has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katie Flemington always knew she was going places, but even she never imagined her career in nursing would take her to the frontlines of a pandemic - and certainly not in America. Read more about Katie's experience on the COVID-19 frontline.

ACEN AccreditationACEN Seal

The Practical Nurse Certificate and Associate Degree nursing programs at Alpena Community College at the Alpena and Oscoda campus located in Alpena and Oscoda, Michigan respectively are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nurse Certificate and Associate Degree Nursing programs is continuing accreditation with conditions. For more information about this accreditation, visit www.acenursing.org.

ACEN | 3390 Peachtree Road NE | Suite 1400 | Atlanta, GA 30326 | 404.975.5000 


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 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

Nursing Program Paths to BSN

Career Options

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 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, as fast as the average for all occupations. The average salary ranges depend on the employer and your skill level. Median annual earnings for LPNs were $48,820 in 2020 and $73,300 for RNs.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered  Nurses, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited November 18, 2021)

Contact the Nursing Programnursing@alpenacc.edu