Nursing Program is Better Than Ever

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Mott_nursing_programMott Community College is making its outstanding Nursing Program even better. The Nursing Program in the Division of Health Sciences has transitioned to a competitive admission process – which means no wait lists for students interested in a degree in Nursing. The college is also improving upon their already strong clinical training component with new equipment, including two new simulation manikins (Sims) that give students hands-on experience before they apply their skills in a real world setting.

_DSC0579And to ensure that students can pursue their career goals wherever they want to go, Mott has numerous articulation agreements enabling students to seamlessly transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN).

Nursing and Certified Nursing Assistant is the second fastest growing group of occupations nationwide, at a rate of 17.6 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This industry is expected to account for 846,800 of the 1.0 million new jobs requiring an associate’s degree. Registered Nursing, is projected to add 526,800 new jobs and account for much of this growth.

“Students are happy that the wait list has been eliminated,” said Janet Westhoff, Director of Nursing at the College. The Mott Nursing program admits 80 students in the fall semester and 80 in the winter semester, making it the largest Nursing program in the area.

It was also one of the first Associate’s degree programs in Nursing to be nationally accredited (1980), which contributes to seamless transfer of credits for graduates pursing a BSN.

“Our graduates are recognized in the medical community for being well-prepared because of our emphasis on classroom preparation and clinical training,” said Westhoff. “Experiential learning has become the standard in Health Care education, and the trend is only going to increase. The type of hands-on learning we offer in our Nursing program builds skills faster and facilitates the move from theory to practice for our students,” she added.

Taking clinical preparation to the next level, the Mott Nursing program not only does nursing-related simulation exercises, they have student participate in inter-professional simulations as well. Nursing students work with students from other health disciplines to learn how they interface professionally, said Westhoff. “We may put Nursing students with Respiratory Therapy students or occupational Therapy students so they all learn how their disciplines interact during patient care,” she explained.

Students completing the Nursing program at Mott are doing well on the National Council Licensure Exam to become Registered Nurses. “Our passing rate is equal to, or exceeding, the national rate for first-time test takers,” said Westhoff.

Another source of pride for Westhoff is the Nursing faculty. “Our faculty members have strong academic and clinical credentials. All our full time faculty have a minimum of a Master’s degree,” she said, “and 25 percent of our faculty have doctoral degrees. They are wonderful role models for our students, many having started out earning their Associate’s degree in Nursing and then earning advanced degrees,” she added.

For more information about the Nursing Program at Mott Community College, visit
http://www.mcc.edu/health_sciences/hs_nursing-gp.shtml or call 810-762-0317 or email healthsciences@mcc.edu.

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