Why Bay College?

Bay college offers two nursing program options, both approved by the State of Michigan Board of Nursing.

  1. Practical Nursing Certificate
  2. Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing
Bay’s nursing programs include classroom study, patient care simulation, and supervised clinical practice in healthcare facilities around the region.  The nursing programs are designed to promote career mobility and offer qualified students alternative educational tracks according to their career goals. Successful completion will prepare students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical or Registered Nurses (NCLEX-PN & NCLEX-RN). State-of-the-art nursing simulation labs and technology are utilized at both the Escanaba and Iron mountain locations.   Simulation provides opportunities for students to practice nursing skills in a risk-free simulated environment, opportunity to learn correct interventions, promotes appropriate decision-making, and competency of skills that students can use to improve learning in the clinical environment.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Bay’s ADN program has had continuous accreditation since October of 2004, through Accrediting Commission for the Education of Nurses (ACEN).  
The curriculum is designed to assist students to think critically as they apply scientific, theoretical, and practical knowledge to clinical situations in a variety of health care settings. Registered Nursing students who successfully complete our program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing and are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). The program prepares students to demonstrate entry level competencies as registered nurses.
Bay’s PN & ADN program are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.
  • Pass rates for the RN-NCLEX licensure exam are:
    • January 2014-December 2014 67.92%
    • January 2015-December 2015 86.44%
    • January 2016-December 2016 57.50%
    • January 2017-June 2017 95.65%
    • July 2017-December 2017 95.83%
  • Pass rates for the PN-NCLEX licensure exam are:
    • January 2016-December 2016 83.33%
    • January 2017-June 2017 80.00%
    • July 2017-December 2017 100%
  • Completion Rates for RN Program:
    • December 2014 Graduates 100%
    • May 2015 Graduates 100%
    • May 2015 Graduates 100%
    • December 2015 Graduates 100%
    • May 2016 Graduates-95.45%
  • Students who pass the RN-NCLEX examination are entitled to practice as Registered Nurses (RNs).
  • The ADN program is offered at both the Delta Campus, Delta County, Escanaba, Michigan and West Campus Dickinson County, Iron Mountain Michigan.
  • Two ADN tracks are offered: One Full Time at Delta Campus, Escanaba Michigan and one Full Time in West Campus, Iron Mountain, Michigan and a one Full Time completion track for returning LPN students at Delta Campus, Escanaba, Michigan.
Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN) -This is a Full Time stand-alone PN certificate program.
This certificate program in Practical Nursing (PN) is designed to prepare students who can demonstrate entry level competencies as practical nurses. Graduates of the program meet the educational requirements to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Students learn how to provide basic nursing care to all age groups. The curriculum includes background in the biological sciences, the social sciences, general education and nursing theory. Students receive supervised clinical experiences in hospitals, home health care agencies, long term care facilities, and physicians’ offices.
  • Bay’s LPN program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. 
  • Pass rates for the PN-NCLEX licensure exam is 93.94% for Jan 2015 - Dec 2015.
  • Students who pass the PN-NCLEX examination are entitled to practice as Licensed Practical Registered Nurses
  • The LPN program is offered at the Escanaba Campus.
Why a Degree or certificate in Nursing?
Registered nurses (RNs) will be in high demand in the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the profession to grow 19.4 percent by 2022.  Michigan employs approximately 91,840 registered nurses as of May 2013. Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 25 percent from 2012 to 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Average starting salary of nurses
The median annual wage for registered nurses was $65,470 in May 2012.  
The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $41,540 in May 2012.
Where do nurses work?
Nursing is a diverse, flexible career choice because of the option to work in specialty areas and a variety of career pathways. Major roles in nursing include coordinating patient care, educating patients and the public about various health conditions, and providing emotional support to patients and their family members.
 Nurses work in hospitals, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities, schools, clinics, or serve in the military. There are approximately 104 nursing specialties.  Web site for nursing specialties:
How do I apply?
You must apply to Bay College and to the Registered Nursing(RN) and Practical Nursing Program(PN).  The Registered Nursing and Practical Nursing Program requires students to apply to Rank into our program.  Applications to Allied Health Programs of have the following application deadlines:
  • PN & RN Delta Campus, Escanaba, Michigan, has a deadline of April 15, 2018 for Fall 2018 acceptance.
  • RN at West Campus, Iron Mountain Michigan has a deadline of August 15, 2018 for Winter 2019 acceptance.
  • RN Bridge program, Escanaba Michigan (must be a LPN-Licensed Practical Nurse) prior to application deadline of August 15, 2018, for a Winter 2019 acceptance.
Other Acceptance criteria:
All students accepted into nursing programs are required to purchase uniforms.  To complete acceptance, students must successfully pass a criminal background check, drug screening and have completed set of clinical immunization requirements.  Students are required to pass a physical exam and be immunized for contagious diseases, at their own expense.  Students must be certified in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation through the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider.  Students are encouraged to maintain a personal health insurance policy whenever possible.  Arrangements for liability insurance are made by the college.
Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization. Bay College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Bay College License Practical Nursing Certificate and the Associate Degree in Nursing program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.  The Associate Degree in Nursing program has continued accreditations with conditions by the Accrediting Commission for the Education of Nurses (ACEN) located at  3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326. 

Why should you choose an accredited school?
Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.
Programs:  With the variety of opportunities available in the healthcare industry, many different levels of educational preparation are available.  Educational preparation in the healthcare field ranges from certificate programs to degree programs.  Educational opportunities available at Bay de Noc Community College to prepare individuals to enter the healthcare field include the following:
  1. Practical Nursing Certificate
  2. Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing
  3. Health Careers Certificate
  4. EMT-Basic Certificate
  5. Associate in Applied Science degree in Paramedic

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The MRIT program prepares students for entry-level technological positions in the health care radiologic field, a career field that demonstrates a continued area of growth and employment opportunities. It provides an avenue for the student to become gainfully employed, as well as to ladder into other health care careers, and the ability to advance their degree at four-year institutions.

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