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Registered Nurse (RN)


Program Overview

Registered Nurse (RN)

Is a bachelor's degree in nursing in your future? Delta is a great place to start because we offer an optimal clinical hands-on experience. You'll learn the fundamentals of nursing in small classes with fantastic instructors. When it's time to move on, you'll be ready!

Plus, Delta is all about options, including plenty of transfer options. We have seamless RN to BSN transfer agreements in place with Concordia University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Franklin University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Detroit - Mercy, University of Michigan - Flint and University of Phoenix.

Interested? Make an appointment with academic advising to discuss your dreams. Courses transfer differently based on the university you plan to attend. An advisor can help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.

Earning Potential

Interested in a career in nursing? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent or disabled patients. Other duties may include advising patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or providing case management. Licensing or registration is required.

median annual salary
annual job openings

are currently employed within the State of Michigan Prosperity Regions 5 and 6.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

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About Delta's Program

  • 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.


The RN program prepares the student 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.


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

The Associate Degree nursing program at Delta College at the Delta College Campus located in University Center, MI is 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 Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing 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

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 your 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
2016 81.68% 89.34%
2017 84.24% 94%
2018 85.11% 94%

Program Completion Rate

The completion rate is percentage of graduates within 150% of the program length.

 Start Year Program Options Graduates at 150% of program length Aggregate




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
2014/15 98%
2015/16 98%
2016/17 100%
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 February 2020 are below, although please know that these are estimates and subject to change.

  • RN Full-time Track
    2 - 4 semesters
  • RN Part-time Track
    2 - 6 semesters
  • Paramedic/LPN to RN Transition Track 
    1 - 3 semesters 
  • LPN
    2 - 3 semesters
Transfer opportunities

Davenport – Concurrent ADN to MSN
Delta College is in partnership with Davenport University to provide students enrolled in Delta’s Registered Nurse (RN) program an opportunity to concurrently enroll in a Master of Science in Nursing. Students may concurrently take courses and transfer credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program and then continue on toward a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Davenport University.

There are many advantages to the MSN programs at Davenport. Students are able to choose either the MSN, Generalist program or the MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner program. Students participating in this articulation agreement are also eligible for reduced tuition rate from Davenport.

SVSU - Concurrent ADN to BSN
Delta College partners with Saginaw Valley State University to provide a concurrent program in which full-time students in Delta’s Registered Nurse (RN) program, also known as the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, may take classes toward their BSN at the same time.

The advantages of this program is that it allows you to attain you Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) within two or three semesters of completing your ADN, and the total cost of your education is less than if you were to take all of your courses through the university. The advantage for the community is that there will be more BSN prepared registered nurses entering the workforce.

Other opportunities
We also have seamless RN to BSN transfer agreements in place with:

  • Central Michigan University
  • Chamberlain University
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Michigan - Flint

For the licensed RN, Delta also has articulation agreements in place with the following universities to provide the RN to BSN completion program entirely online with most programs requiring about 30-45 credits to complete. 

  • Central Michigan University
  • Davenport University
  • Ferris State University
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • University of Michigan - Flint

Remember, make sure you understand your options by working with an academic advisor and your transfer university to develop the best path for you, and check in often to stay on track.


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

One in eight

1 in 8 people in our community age 17-70 have taken a class at Delta.


With over 900 faculty and staff members, Delta is the 4th largest employer in the area.

Related Programs

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