The practical nursing program prepares graduates to take the state exam to become a licensed practical nurse. This program prepares students to work in a variety of settings such as long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, doctor’s offices and home health care. Practical nurses assist physicians and registered nurses in the modifications of patient care plans, perform basic tests and assist with medications and other treatments. The program maintains a standard of 75% pass rate for all nursing courses. The first-time pass rates for graduates taking the state exam exceed the state and national averages.
This link will take you to the current working catalog. On that page, you may also select other available catalog years from the drop-down menu located in the upper right.
View gainful employment information for this program.
This program may be eligible for funding assistance through MichiganWorks! Call 810-966-3300 for details.
The application deadline for the Practical Nursing Program has been changed to Sept. 1.
The LPN program at St. Clair County Community College has a competitive pre-admission score. The score is based on a point calculation of the following:
|GPA - overall|
No rounding up on GPA
GPAs from more than one college will be averaged together
High School GPA will ONLY be used if no college classes taken
2.5 GPA required
2.5 0 (minimum required)
|Recommended college classes|
5 points for each of the 4 courses with B- or better
2 points for each of the 4 courses with C or C+
BIO-160 (or BIO 271/171 and 272/172)
HESI minimum score in each area - 70
HESI pre-admission test will measure reading comprehension, vocabulary, English and math
A & P will be tested, but not counted
Watch the Web site for dates (late April/May)
The English composite score and math score will be used for points
|English language composite score|
91-100 6 points
80-90 5 points
75-79 4 points
96-100 5 points
91-95 4 points
86-90 3 points
81-85 2 points
75-80 1 points
|Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification|
Three points for current CNA certification.
Must submit proof of current CNA certification with allied health application.
Practical Nursing Group Advising Sessions
Attending a mandatory Group Advising Session is your first step toward attaining a nursing degree. For the August 12 session, we are only doing a virtual/online Microsoft Teams meeting. Please choose the session(s) applicable to your goal and click on the applicable link below at the time listed. Please give yourself time to download and setup the Microsoft Teams app on your computer or device.
|Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020||2 to 3 p.m.||Online Teams Meeting|
|Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020||4 to 5 p.m.||Health Sciences Building Room 203|
For academic programs leading to professional licensure
SC4 Health Sciences Programs prepare students for State and National exams leading to professional licensure. Please be aware that additional steps (background checks, applications, fees, etc.) may be required to apply for licensing in the state of Michigan or other states. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state if you are considering an academic program leading to a professional license. To easily find professional nursing licensure requirements (RN and APRN programs), please visit the website of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. and select the states/jurisdictions where you want to know their professional licensure requirements. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements in your state of residence.
Frequently asked questions:
How many points do I need to be considered?
- Since it is a competitive process, it depends on the number of students and their overall scores. The top candidates are admitted. The maximum number of points an applicant can earn is 56.
Can I use my HESI score from the ADN admission HESI or from another school?
- You can use the ADN HESI score only if taken at SC4 during the same calendar year. Requests to transfer HESI score must be made in writing to the Health and Human Services office. SC4 does not accept transfer of HESI scores from other colleges.
Who should I call if I have questions?
Contact your academic advisor at 810-989-5520.
Is there a time limit associated with my past courses?
|Application deadline ||Five-year time limit|
|Sept. 1, 2018||Spring 2013 or later|
|Sept. 1, 2019||Spring 2014 or later|
|Sept. 1, 2020||Spring 2015 or later|
|Sept. 1, 2021||Spring 2016 or later|
Questions about HESI Testing?