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We are not accepting applications to the LPN, CNA or PCT programs at this time. The Oakland University administration is currently considering the future development of these programs. As soon as a decision is made, we will change this message to reflect that information. If you would like to leave your Full Name, email address, and a phone number we will contact you when we have further information.

The Oakland University Practical Nursing Program is a rigorous and challenging vocational training program which requires a high level of student commitment and mastery of curriculum content in many academic areas. The program prepares students through academic and clinical training to provide supervised direct nursing care in a variety of health care settings.

OU’s Practical Nurse program will turn exceptional students into outstanding nurses. With a dedicated faculty, support from external partnerships and unprecedented resources, the Practical Nursing program prepares non-traditional students for success with patients and health care communities they serve with their education, experience, and passion for nursing. 

The PN program, including pre-nursing courses, is 15 months long depending on the individual student, and the completion of any pre-nursing courses transferable into the program. 

Upon successful completion of the practical nursing program requirements, students will have completed 1,246 contact hours, earning a non-credit Certificate of Completion, and will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Successful completion of this examination qualifies the graduate for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and the ability to practice in the State of Michigan. 

Graduates are also eligible to take the National Association of Practical Nurse Educational Services (NAPNES) Pharmacology Certification Examination, which affords the graduate to administer medications within various employment settings.

Upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate synthesis of knowledge in the application of the nursing process to the collaborative practice of nursing under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician or dentist. 
  2. Apply ethically grounded clinical judgment supported by policies and procedures in making decisions about the provision of nursing care. 
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills and proficiency in information management and technology by delivering safe, effective, and cost efficient nursing care based on current best practices.
  4. Demonstrate adherence to the Michigan Licensed Practical Nursing Association (MLPNA) Standards of Practice when delivering nursing care across the life span to diverse client populations in a wide variety of settings. 
  5. Be a role model to the community by exhibiting preventive and healthy living. 
  6. Successfully pass the NCLEX-PN Exam. 
  7. Successfully pass the NAPNES Pharmacology Certification Exam. 
Classes are in session two-three days per week with clinical day’s one-two days a week (depending on the semester). Classes and clinical will be held Tuesday through Friday. All lectures are held at the Riverview Institute. 

The program’s tuition is $8,000 ($200 per equivalent credit hour), in addition to pre-requisites at $1,575 ($175 per equivalent credit hour); the total cost is $9,575. This includes tuition ONLY; all other costs such as books, supplies, uniforms, certifications, etc. are the responsibility of the student. Students will pay tuition per course, per semester (which varies depending upon the number of equivalent credit hours). The program currently accepts MWA funding, Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) funding, private personal loans, and self pay options. Visit the Oakland University Michigan Works website for self payment plan options. Visit the Oakland University Michigan Works website for ITA eligibility through your local Michigan Works! Agency (MWA) One Stop Service Center.

Scholarship opportunities are available.

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Acceptance into the program is determined by a first-come first-served basis. There are approximately 40 students admitted per cohort. You must submit all materials described below and meet the criteria as stated in order to be eligible for possible acceptance.

You will receive notification of submission via email within 48 hours of receipt and the application process will begin. However, if there are any missing items, your application will not be processed. Notification will be made via email of any missing items from incomplete packages. Once the cohort is full, further applications will be reviewed, as received, for placement in a future cohort.

Completed application packages will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be within 30 days from submission by email and U.S. mail. A letter will be sent to all applicants indicating either acceptance into the cohort, and which cohort, or not accepted into the program. Candidates that are not accepted are welcome to reapply at a future date. Please Note: Once accepted, a $120 non-refundable seat security deposit is required. You have 30 days from the date marked on your acceptance letter to reserve your seat. If this deposit is not made, your seat will be forfeited and filled by another student.

The following items need to be mailed together in an envelope to the address below for review before acceptance into the Riverview Institute of Oakland University’s Practical Nursing Program can be considered: 

  • Practical Nurse (PN) Application.pdf
  • Goal Statement
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • College transcripts (if applicable)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (one personal, one professional)
  • Resume
  • Any certifications, including Certified Nurse Assistant (if applicable) 
  • ACT testing scores (Composite score of at least 17)
    • ACT testing scores can be waived if you have more than 25 college credit hours, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher or an Associate or higher level degree with GPA of 2.0. You may schedule to take the ACT test in your local community (links are available on our website) and have your scores sent directly to Oakland University (school code #230700). You are required to take the basic ACT test only; the writing portion is not required.
  • TABE/Work Keys Scores (Only if funding approved by NWLB – MWA)

Once accepted into the program, you will receive an acceptance package which outlines the following items which are REQUIRED on or before the first day of class:

  • ICHAT State Criminal Background Clearance (within 6 months) 
  • Urine Drug Test (within 30 days)
  • TB Skin Test (within 1 year)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine Refusal Form 
  • Current CPR BLS certification (within 2 years). Riverview Institute of Oakland University provides this training for a cost of approximately $60.
  • PN Riverview Program Health Assessment form. The Health Assessment form must be completed by a physician, with physical exam within one year, and titers report (blood draw to verify immunizations) attached. 

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