Mission, Philosophy, and Program Outcomes


The Mid Michigan College Nursing mission is to educate, enrich and empower entry level Associate Degree Nurses to provide care utilizing the NLN core values of caring, diversity, ethics, excellence, holism, integrity, and patient-centeredness.


The Nursing Education Unit prepares students for career entry in Nursing. The program design of the Associate Degree Nursing Program is based on the following philosophical beliefs:

  • Human Beings: Human beings are unique, complex, holistic, individuals in continuous interaction with his/her environment. This interaction is based on a commitment to ethical conduct, integrity and respect. Human beings want and have the right to be involved in making decisions that affect their lives. All humans beings are to be respected and valued.
  • Society and Environment: Society is a group of diverse individuals within a continually evolving system. Society has responsibility for providing environments conducive to maximizing the health and well being of its members. This evolving system fosters a culture of respect and values differences. Environment refers to the diverse physical locations, contexts and cultures in which the student nurse practices.
  • Health: Health is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual’s potential. This lifelong process promotes enhancement of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental well-being. Health can be promoted, maintained, or regained.
  • Nursing: Nursing is a compassionate, dynamic process of offering wholistic health care to individuals across the lifespan. Nursing practice embodies excellence, collaboration, leadership and continuous improvement.
  • Active Learning: Learning is the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and values through innovation, teamwork and a collaborative community. The teacher’s role is that of a facilitator of learning. The emphasis is on teaching students how to learn, prioritize, integrate scientific inquiry, and critically think to support the development of clinical reasoning and lifelong learning. Active learning incorporates group participation, teamwork and the utilization of technology.

*Taken from the World Health Organization definition.

*Billings, D. M. & Halstead J. A. (2016) Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty. 5th Ed. St. Louis: Elsevier.


The Nursing program outcomes are derived from the philosophy and are based on the belief that the Associate Degree Nursing graduate is able to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired from a curriculum built upon the humanities, natural and social sciences, and nursing principles and competencies. The nursing program outcomes are to achieve:

  • A licensure first-time pass rate of at or above the national average or at least 80%
  • A completion rate of >70% within 150% of the time frame required for the degree
  • A graduate and employer satisfaction rate of > 70% in areas measured
  • A job placement rate of > 85% within 6 months of obtaining licensure for those seeking employment

Additional Information

The purpose of Mid Michigan College is to provide educational and community leadership for the development of human ability. To this end the College provides post-secondary education and services to enable students and the community to achieve success in a global society.

Enduring Goals:

  1. Encouraging Student Success: This goal focuses on the design, deployment, and effectiveness of teaching-learning processes (and the processes required to support them) that underlie Mid’s credit and non-credit programs and courses.
  2. Engaging the Community: This goal addresses the key processes (separate from instructional support programs and internal support services) through which Mid serves our local communities, region, and state.
  3. Enhancing Employee Impact: This goal focuses on Mid’s commitment to attracting, recruiting, retaining, evaluating, and developing a talented faculty, administration, and staff to fulfill the College’s mission.
  4. Ensuring Institutional Effectiveness: This goal addresses the management of the fiscal, physical, technological, and information infrastructure designed to provide an environment in which learning can thrive.

The Nursing Education Unit supports the mission statement of Mid Michigan College and functions within this framework to prepare students for career entry in nursing.

Enabling Student Success

  • Maintain graduate and retention rates
  • Created a high tech/high touch learning environment by incorporating Electronic Medical Recording (EMR) into the curriculum
  • Maintain high tech/high touch learning environment in the Clinical Simulation Center (CSC)
  • Maintain academic counseling services under the direction of the nursing department
  • Average clinical size of 1:8 ratio
  • Application of student centered learning environment using evidenced based research

Enhancing Employee Success

  • Maintain low turnover rate among employees
  • Provide employee evaluations as scheduled
  • Enable and encourage employees to continue education and develop new teaching strategies and assessment measures
  • Encourage employees to actively participate in Professional Development Day and other opportunities

Engaging the Community

  • Develop partnership with local hospital facilities and 4-year universities
  • Encourage and support administration and employees to volunteer in their communities
  • Maintain external partnerships
  • Participate in college activities

Improve Institutional Effectiveness

  • Employees make monetary contributions to Mid Foundation

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.

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).

Barbara L. Wieszciecinski

Dean of Health Sciences, Director of Nursing

(989) 317-4625


Bethany Corner

Director of Nursing-Harrison Campus; Nursing Faculty

(989) 386-6648


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