Nationally accredited KCC Nursing Program accepting applications now for new students

KCC Nursing students.

Nurses become nurses because they want to help people.

That’s one of the main findings of a survey of 375 current Kellogg Community College Nursing Program students conducted by KCC this spring, which opened with the question: Why do you want to be a nurse?

Nearly 70% of the responses indicated our future nurses are pursuing the profession to help people, to make a difference or to have a positive impact on their community and the lives of their patients.

This impulse is on full display today, as the global COVID-19 pandemic has put the services of emergency responders and caregivers into the spotlight as they rise to meet challenges unprecedented in modern times.

KCC, long well-known for producing exceptional nurses well-equipped to meet the needs of patients and the modern health care industry, is continuing that tradition of excellence as it prepares to accept new classes of students into the KCC Nursing Program.

Applications for individuals interested in joining KCC’s 2020-21 Full-Time Nursing Program or Part-Time Nursing Program are available now, with deadlines approaching this summer.

The application deadline for the Full-Time Nursing Program, which starts this fall and runs for four semesters (two fall and two spring semesters), is June 15. The application deadline for the Part-Time Nursing Program, which starts January 2021 and runs for seven semesters (two fall and summer semesters and three spring semesters), is Aug. 15.

Application materials and detailed information about applying to the KCC Nursing Program are available on the KCC website at

The Nursing Program and Profession

Another popular survey response among current KCC Nursing students as to why they chose the nursing field is career-related: The nursing profession offers flexibility, competitive pay and job security, with opportunities for advancement.

Indeed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in the U.S. earned an average of $73,300 per year in 2019, and the occupation has a projected growth rate of 12% through 2028 – much faster than the average growth rate of 5% for all occupations.

KCC Nursing graduates themselves consistently report an excellent job placement rate; program graduates responding to the College’s latest graduate survey reported a 95.1% job placement within six to nine months after graduation.

The KCC program prepares students for careers in the nursing field using state-of-the art, high-fidelity patient simulators in every Nursing course, along with comprehensive clinical experiences at health care facilities across Southwest Michigan. The College offers several opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing a career in nursing, including an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing, a Practical Nursing Certificate and Advanced Placement (LPN to Associate in Nursing degree) options to fit students with diverse needs and schedules.

These programs are offered on a full- or part-time basis, and – important for students with busy personal or professional schedules – KCC is the only local associate-degree-level Nursing Program to offer a part-time option in addition to the traditional full-time model of instruction.

Accreditation and Admissions

The KCC Nursing Program is approved and authorized by the Michigan Board of Nursing, and the College’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. (For more information about the ACEN, contact the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, or at 404-975-5000 or visit

These accreditations let students and future employers know that KCC’s program meets the most rigorous and highest national standards of nursing education, and provide graduates with further employment, educational and scholarship opportunities only available to students from nationally accredited nursing programs.

Admission to KCC’s Nursing programs is selective due to space limitations, enrollment limitations imposed by regulatory bodies and program admission requirements, and a limited number of applicants are accepted to the programs each year. Applicants seeking admission into KCC’s health programs must first fill out a general KCC application and complete the required courses for each program before submitting a program-specific application.

For general information about KCC’s Nursing Program, visit For more information about admission to KCC’s Nursing Program, including links to applications and other important admissions materials, visit

Additional information is also available by contacting KCC’s Selective Admissions office at or 269-965-4153.

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