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Registered Nurse (RN)

Associate in Applied Science

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. All of 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

Consider transferring on to get a bachelor's degree. You could have increased earning potential. Job growth is expected to grow by 9% over the next 10 years and there should be a demand for workers as well.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $65,101 a year.


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Likely Careers

  • Registered Nurse
  • Health Simulation
    Hands-on learning

    You'll learn in Delta’s state-of-the-art health professions lab. The approximately 9,000 square foot 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.

    STATE-OF-THE-ART EQUIPMENT

About Delta's Program

The RN program prepares you to function effectively as a member of the health care team. This program requires dedication, critical thinking, ability to collaborate and the development of sound clinical knowledge and skills. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX).

Our RN graduates work in clinical settings such as acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, doctor's offices, home health care, hospice, industrial and prisons.

The Nursing Associate in Applied Science is offered in both full-time and part-time tracks.

Accreditation
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
517-335-0918

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:

ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
404-975-5020 (fax)
www.acenursing.org

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 nursing 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!
Student Achievement Outcome Data

We think it's important to know how we're doing so we can continually improve our programs – collegewide. We work really hard to give our students the best possible education. So, we annually evaluate and show you what we find out.  

NCLEX Results  

The licensure pass rate is the percent of first time takers achieving a passing score on the NCLEX-RN. 

Year National Average Delta College
2013 83.0% 90.98
2014 81.79% 89.83%
2015 85.8% 88%
2016 84.57% 89.3%

Program Completion Rate

The completion rate is percentage of students receiving an ADN within 3 years of enrolling in NUR 101A full-time track, the percentage of students receiving an ADN within 24 months of enrolling in NT 161, and the percentage of students receiving an ADN within 9 semesters of enrolling in NPT102A part-time track

 Year Full Time Track Part-Time Track LPN & Paramedic Tack Overall
2013/14 80% 43% 26% 65%
2014/15 62.5% 50% 61.7% 59%
2015/16 58% 50% 59% 57%
2016/17 67% 77% 71% 69%

Job Placement

The job placement rate is the percentage of graduates employed full or part time in a nursing related position as indicated on the Career Program Graduates survey. 

Completion year Job placement rate
2011/12 100%
2012/13 100%
2013/14 91%
2015/15 98%
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

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 its 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.

Convenience

Life is busy, but that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes in both full-time and part-time tracks for the Nursing Associate in Applied Science.

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

 LEARN MORE ABOUT Your options

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HONORS

Transfer opportunities

One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and transfer on. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice! In fact, if you're interested in earning a bachelor's in nursing you have several options by coming to Delta first, and then transferring.

Delta College has a partnership with Saginaw Valley State University to provide a concurrent program in which students in Delta’s ADN program may take classes toward their BSN at the same time. The advantages of this program for students is that it allows them to attain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) within two or three semesters of completing their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), and the total cost of their education is less than if they were to take all of their courses through the university.

More about transfer opportunities

Facts & Figures

Technology

Our students get the latest technology so they can graduate and be ready to hit the ground running.

Stethescope

The certification (NCLEX) pass rate of our graduates is consistently higher than the national and state averages.


Related Programs

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

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"The thing that sets Delta apart is our relationships with the local community, the hospital settings – they really know what level our students are able to be at when they graduate. We have a program that stands behind the expectations and the requirements for the hospitals."

Daisy McQuiston, Associate Professor of Nursing