There are several levels of credentialing in nursing, but the majority of the workforce today consists of RNs.
DMACC offers two nursing programs.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Registered Nurse (RN)
DMACC's Nursing program currently offers education for an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) Degree; completion of which will allow the student to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure.
Future programming includes Practical Nursing (PN), which is scheduled for an estimated start date of Spring 2018.
For those students who currently are licensed as a PN, but would like to return to nursing school and complete the AAS degree to be eligible to take the NCLEX for RN status, "LPN to RN" programming is being developed
Regardless of the level of education, nurses should be caring, sympathetic, responsible, and detail oriented. They must have good written and verbal communication skills. Nurses must be able to direct or supervise others, correctly assess and accurately record patients' conditions, and determine when consultation is required. Nursing professionals work daytime, evening or overnight hours, with weekend shifts and holiday work being common. They need emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.