Program History

Historic outside view of the Area Vocational School in Mt. Pleasant

In the Fall of 1968, the first university parallel and non-technical courses began in temporary facilities in the Clare County Building in Harrison, the Practical Nursing Program was started at the Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, and the vocational and technical courses were conducted at the Area Vocational School in Mt. Pleasant. Temporary facilities for the library and audiovisual materials were obtained from the Harrison Public Library. On September 15, 1969, the first courses were moved to the present campus location and on November 24, 1969, all remaining courses were moved. The Mt. Pleasant Campus serves the Isabella County area. In the Fall of 1998, the College opened an extensive expansion with improvements on the Harrison Campus adding new sciences and health sciences education facilities.

Since the College opened its doors to 196 students in the Fall of 1965, it has experienced a pattern of constant growth and is now serving more than 5,000 students annually on both a full-time and part-time basis. All College facilities are barrier-free and accessible to handicapped.

Historic picture of a nurse educating two students, all in uniforms from that era

The Practical Nursing Program was transferred to Mid Michigan College from the Alma Public School system in 1974. The Associate Degree in Nursing Program was initiated in 1978. Since this time, both programs have successfully recruited sufficient numbers of students to fill available approved applicants to each program. In 1986, a request was made to the Michigan State Board of Nursing to alter the number of students accepted into each program. Approval was granted to reduce the number of Practical Nursing from two classes of thirty students per year to one class of sixty students per year. The Associate Degree in Nursing Program was approved to increase admissions from thirty students per year to forty students per year. Additionally, the advanced standing LPNs to be admitted each year was increased from ten per year to twenty per year. Since 1992 the Level I (PN) program was approved to increase admission from sixty to seventy students a year. The Level II (Associate Degree in Nursing) program was approved to admit sixty students per year.

In fall of 2008, Mid Michigan College opened a new Health & Science Building in Mt. Pleasant called the Doan Center. This has provided us room for the expansion, of not only nursing, but our many other health related programs and science course to meet this demand.

Mid Michigan College also gained approval from the Michigan State Board of Nursing to admit 220 students per year to the Nursing Program which includes both Level I and Level II. Students are offered the opportunity to complete their course work at the Harrison Campus, Mt. Pleasant Campus, or in a remote format.

Mid began to admit students to the Nursing Program under a “selective admission” process that was approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing in 2010. This process has allowed students to be better prepared for entering the Nursing Program upon completion of prerequisite courses. The selection criteria: GPA in the prerequisite courses, ATI TEAS score, previous health care experience, previous earned degree, number of credits taken at Mid.

After a thorough program review in 2012, the nursing department revised the program which received approval from the Michigan State Board of Nursing. In Fall of 2013, the nursing program eliminated the “Step Ladder Program” and implemented a 5-semester ADN program. Course work was revised to reflect this change.

In Fall 2017, the nursing curriculum was revised to meet national accreditation requirements. The program consists of four semesters of nursing coursework along with the prerequisite courses. In the Spring of 2018, the program was approved for pre-accreditation candidacy through NLN CNEA.

Effective April 30, 2019, Mid Michigan College's Nursing Program was granted full accreditation by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA).

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