Auburn Hills Practical Nurse Program Granted Full Approval by Board of Nursing

May 20, 2009

The practical nurse certificate program at Baker College of Auburn Hills has been granted full approval status by the Board of Nursing.

“This is a wonderful achievement for our campus and for the nursing department,” said Jeff Love, Baker College of Auburn Hills president. “Congratulations to our Director of Nursing Chris Levandowski, and to the entire nursing faculty and staff who, through their hard work and perseverance, made this happen.”

Initial approval was granted when the program was initiated in 2006. After the second class graduated in 2008, the practical nurse program became eligible to apply for full approval status. This process, which included an in-depth self-study and site visit, culminated in notification of full approval status, which is valid for eight years.

Graduates of the Baker College of Auburn Hills practical nurse program may apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), which is a standard exam developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Only graduates of approved schools are eligible to sit for the exam. After passing the exam, graduates become licensed to practice, or LPNs.

“As graduates from a fully approved program, our students are assured that the program complies with statutory and regulatory requirements as established by the state of Michigan,” said Chris Levandowski. “Furthermore, these requirements safeguard the public, as they ensure that our nursing programs and nursing graduates meet set standards.”

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