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Nursing Students at GRCC

Practical Nursing Certificate Requirements

Program Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission into the Practical Nursing program, students must:

  1. Be high school graduates or have passed the high school equivalency GED (General Educational Development) Test.  Note:  Candidates may apply for entry into the program beginning in the 2nd semester of their junior year in high school.  If such a student meets requirements 1-4, her/his name will be added to the wait list while still in high school.  The student will remain on the list, upon successful completion of high school with the minimum required GPA (see #2).
  2. Have a high school GPA of at least 2.0.
  3. Have a negative 7-panel urine drug screen and complete the criminal background check process. Students will not be allowed to enter the program until cleared by GRCC police. This is a requirement of the Nursing Programs as clinical facilities are required to follow Michigan Public Acts 27, 28, and 29 of 2006. Without a clear criminal background, it is possible a student would not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus, be unable to complete the GRCC Nursing Programs. For additional information, refer to the Health Programs general information page.
  4. Score at least 70% (75%, effective August 15, 2015) on the HESI test (fee). This test assesses knowledge in reading, vocabulary, grammar, and math.

Prospective students may apply for entry into the Practical Nursing Program at the completion of their junior year in high school.

To be eligible for graduation, Practical Nursing students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the prescribed PN curriculum. In addition, to be eligible for graduation, a minimum grade of an 80% is required in each of the required nursing courses. GH 125 and GH 126 must be successfully completed within two attempts with a grade of C- or higher. Students who fail to complete GH 125 and/or GH 126 in two attempts will be withdrawn from the ready list and unable to reapply to the practical nursing program until successfully completing both GH 125 and GH 126.

At GRCC, opportunities exist for graduates of the Practical Nursing program to enter the Associate Degree Nursing program with advanced standing. Students interested in following this path should contact the Director of Nursing Programs or view the Nursing Programs Web site ( ) for additional information.