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Practical Nurse

Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

Nurses aren't just compassionate and kind, they're calm under pressure, detail-oriented and have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips. And, Delta is the right choice if you are looking for the nursing program in the Great Lakes Bay Region offering optimal clinical hands-on experience and exceptional license pass rates of graduates!

Throughout your education, you’ll practice critical thinking, leadership, team building and accurate communications, which will prepare you to work effectively in a variety of environments and with diverse patient populations. Those hallmarks of Delta's program have given us -- and our graduates -- an excellent reputation in the healthcare community.

Earning Potential

Job growth is expected to increase by 13% over the next 10 years and it is expected that demand will increase for this career path.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $44,562 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Health Simulation
    Hands-on learning

    You'll learn in Delta’s state-of-the-art heath professions lab. The approximately 9,000 sq. ft. space provides an outstanding simulated hospital patient care environment for students to learn and practice nursing skills. You'll have the knowledge, skills and confidence you need when beginning your clinical education.


About Delta's Program

This program is approximately one year in length. The Delta College PN program is excellent at preparing students to sit for the LPN State Board Exam with an exceptionally high pass rate. 

Once a student has graduated and received their State Board of Nursing license to be a licensed Practical Nurse, they can work in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctor office and home health care. The practical nurse assists physicians and registered nurses in the development and modification of patient care plans, performs basic tests, and assists with medications and other treatments.  

Michigan Board of Nursing

All of our nursing programs, Associate Degree in Nursing (both full-time and part-time tracks), including the Transition to ADN track, and our Practical Nursing Certificate program have approval from the Michigan Board of Nursing. The ADN program has been approved since 1964 and the LPN program since 1990. The Michigan Board of Nursing can be contacted at:

Bureau of Health Services
Ottawa Building
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, Michigan 48909-8170

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

The ADN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Delta College Administration and Nursing faculty value our ACEN accreditation and believe that its standards are reflected in the high quality health care provided in our community. Accreditation reports and results may be viewed upon request in the Nursing Coordinator's Office F219. The ACEN contact information is:

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020

Program application process

Getting your degree in a health field is unique compared to other Delta programs. You must first take your prerequisite core courses, and then you'll apply for validation.

What's validation?

The Registrar's Office validates your prerequisite courses to confirm you are eligible to begin the clinical portion of you program.

Success Tips

  • Declare the Licensed Practical Nurse to RN program.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly. Stay on track with what you need to do to apply.
  • Apply for validation with the Registrar's Office once you've started your final semester of prerequisite courses.
  • Stay connected for important updates from Delta!
Short wait times
Current wait times from semester of validation to clinical entry

With your successful validation, you're guaranteed a spot in the program if you follow the  required  steps.

Current wait times from semester of validation to clinical entry as of June 2017 are below, although please know that these are estimates and subject to change.

  • RN Full-time Track
    2 - 3 semesters
  • RN Part-time Track
    2 - 4 semesters
  • Paramedic/LPN to RN Transition Track 
    2 - 4 semesters 
  • LPN
    2 - 4 semesters
Program costs

Total credits: 42

Fee Cost
In-district tuition $5,357
Out-district tuition $8,419
Books and supplies $2,100
Off-campus room and board $6,183
Additional supplies $520

*Program costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.

Why you should choose Delta

Affordable, quality education

Delta is the right choice for you if you are looking for the best nursing programs in the Great Lakes Bay Region offering optimal clinical hands-on experience!

Since it's beginning in 1961, Delta's nursing program has had a stellar reputation for offering an exceptional education at a great value. If you compare programs, you'll find that Delta's is less than half the cost of a public university's.

Plus, we offer an interest-free tuition payment plan that spreads out your payments.


Life is busy, but that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers a variety of nursing programs. We have the right one for you!

Because our program utilizes only area hospitals and facilities for clinical experiences students are able to commute from home.

Honors Program

The specially-designed courses emphasize creative and critical thinking, providing a unique learning experience. You have more exploration of the subject area with increased faculty and student interaction. Make the most of your Delta experience. Join Honors!

Although not a requirement of one another, students in the Nursing program may be eligible for the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Honor's Society -- Alpha Delta Nu.


Facts & Figures

Testing materials

98% of grads passed the licensing exam last year.


Employers hired 98% of recent grads.

Related Programs

Delta College offers a variety of nursing programs -- one perfect for you.