Explore Nursing at Bay College

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Why Nursing?

The Nursing program at Bay College prepares students to demonstrate entry-level competencies as registered nurses. Utilizing a concept-based framework, major concepts are introduced in the first semester and then linked throughout the program. Students will receive supervised clinical experiences in hospitals and long-term care facilities, and have the opportunity to learn in a cutting-edge simulation lab. Graduates will meet the educational requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

Educational preparation in the healthcare field ranges from certificate programs to degree programs. A career in nursing is an honorable profession, will enable students to help others, and bring comfort to those in need. Nursing is a great career choice for both men and women, and it provides job security for a lifetime.  The AAS-Nursing (RN program) is a five-semester traditional nursing program. There is also a three-semester AAS Completion program for practicing LPN’s, who wish to complete an Associate’s degree. This certificate program in Practical Nursing (PN) is designed to prepare students who can demonstrate entry level competencies as practical nurses. Graduates of the program meet the educational requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Students learn how to provide basic nursing care to all age groups. The curriculum includes background in the biological sciences, the social sciences, general education and nursing theory. Students receive supervised clinical experiences in hospitals, home health care agencies, long term care facilities, and physicians’ offices.

Due to anticipated retirements nationally in the profession, the RN workforce is expected to grow to 3.2 million by 2024, a 16% increase in demand. There are several diverse job opportunities in nursing world-wide, as well as locally.

Registered nurses (RNs) will be in high demand in the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the profession to grow 19.4 percent by 2022.  Michigan employs approximately 91,840 registered nurses as of May 2013 from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.


Why Bay College?

Bay college offers an Associate Degree in Nursing program approved by the State of Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited with conditions through the Accrediting Commission for the Education of Nurses (ACEN) located at Accrediting Commission for the Education of Nurses (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326. Bay’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program has had continuous accreditation since October of 2004. With the variety of opportunities available in the healthcare industry, many different levels of educational preparation are available for students at Bay College, including transferability to bachelor’s programs at area institutions.

Bay College’s nursing programs include classroom study, patient care simulation, and supervised clinical practice in healthcare facilities around the region.  The nursing programs are designed to promote career mobility and offer qualified students alternative educational tracks according to their career goals. Successful completion of either of Bay’s programs will prepare students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The programs prepare students to demonstrate entry level competencies as practical or registered nurses.

State-of-the-art nursing simulation labs and technology are utilized at both the Escanaba and Iron mountain locations. Simulation provides opportunities for students to practice nursing skills in a risk-free simulated environment, opportunity to learn correct interventions, promotes appropriate decision-making, and competency of skills that students can use to improve learning in the clinical environment. The curriculum is designed to assist students to think critically as they apply scientific, theoretical, and practical knowledge to clinical situations in a variety of health care settings.

Pass Rates

Bay College’s PN and ADN program are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

PN-NCLEX Licensure Exam Pass Rates
  • January 2017-December 2017 90.91%
  • January 2018-December 2018 89.13%
RN-NCLEX Licensure Exam Pass Rates
  • January 2017-December 2017 95.74%
  • January 2018-December 2018 89.86%
Completion Rates for RN Program*
  • May 2017 Graduates-88% *rates are measured by cohort participants completing within 150% of required time.
  • December 2017 Graduates-82.76%
Application Process

You must apply to the Bay College Registered Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (PN) program. The Nursing programs require students to apply in order to rank into the program.

Other Acceptance criteria

All students accepted into nursing programs are required to purchase uniforms. To complete acceptance, students must successfully pass a criminal background check, drug screening and have completed set of clinical immunization requirements. Students are required to pass a physical exam and be immunized for contagious diseases, at their own expense. Students must be certified in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation through an American Heart Association healthcare provider. Students are encouraged to maintain a personal health insurance policy whenever possible. Arrangements for liability insurance are made by Bay College.

Degree Options
Certificate/DegreeCompletion CreditsContact Hours
Nursing (Pre)60.00
Nursing - AAS (RE only)66.00

Beyond Bay College

Students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree or higher may find opportunities in the following areas of study:

  • Nursing
  • Registered Nurse (BSN)
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Administration

Career Opportunities

Entry level Registered Nurses may find employment in a variety of practice settings, including but not limited to:

  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Long-term Care Facilities
  • Clinics
  • Physician’s Offices
  • Corporate Nurses
  • Travel Nurses

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