Associate in Applied Science Degrees

Program Overview

Earn your RN, LPN, or CNA at Southwestern Michigan College and join countless SMC School of Nursing grads who have helped save lives throughout Cass County, Michigan and the United States for the past 50 years.

The School of Nursing program provides hands-on experience working on a simulated mannequin capable of emulating real-life situations—everything from going into cardiac arrest to giving birth. Clinical experience solidifies skills and knowledge learned in the classroom, and caring instructors will guide you through every step of the program.

Our graduates had a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX (the exam required to become a RN) for the second quarter of 2015; the national average was 68%. Southwestern Michigan College Nursing program is currently seeking accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is a candidate for accreditation.

About Nursing

Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations available and demand for nurses will always be steady. Plus, it is one of the highest paying careers for an associate degree.

Registered Nurses (RN) provide total patient care under the jurisdiction of a physician or dentist.

Positions are available in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, physicians' offices, and home healthcare.

By 2020, it is estimated that 80% of nursing jobs will require a bachelor’s degree. Southwestern Michigan College has articulation agreements with nursing schools in Michigan and Indiana so that you can make a seamless transition into a bachelor’s program.

Program Information

  • Pre-nursing classes can be completed at either campus.
  • Paramedics and LPNs are eligible to earn credit for work experience.
  • Our graduates had a 93% pass rate on the NCLEX (the exam required to become a RN) in 2014; the national average was 68%.
  • Students must take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn the RN designation.
  • Application for admission to the Southwestern Michigan College School of Nursing is a separate process from being admitted to the college. Students must apply for admission to the nursing within the application deadlines. Students must first apply to SMC then contact the Nursing Specialty Advisor as soon as possible to establish a program of study and learn all of the School of Nursing requirements.
  • Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive and is not guaranteed. There are admission requirements to the nursing program, and it is the student’s responsibility to understand and meet the requirements prior to admission.
  • Admission into the program is based on a competitive GPA 3.0 or better in prerequisite courses. Student must work with an academic advisor to plan their prerequisite course sequence and to make application to the nursing program. The advisor will explain ADN Selection and all that is needed for acceptance into the nursing program.
  • Forty students are admitted to the School of Nursing each fall and spring semester. Admission is based on an eight-point scale determined by GPA.
  • Articulation agreements exist between Southwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University, Bethel College, and Indiana University.

Program Guides

Nursing (RN)

Nursing (LPN to RN)

Nursing (Paramedic to RN)


Nursing (Practical Nursing LPN)

Specialty Credentials

Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Job Outlook

Faster than average job growth is expected between now and 2020. The average annual median pay is $65,000.

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