Delta College Nursing FAQ's
Does Delta have a waitlist for their nursing programs?
Current wait times from semester of validation to clinical entry as of December 2016 are below, although please know that these are estimates and subject to change:
RN Full Time Track: No more than one semester's wait. This program currently has the shortest wait time from validation to clinical entry and is strongly encouraged for students interested in starting clinicals as soon as possible.
RN Part Time Track: 1.5 - 2 Years
Paramedic/LPN to RN Transition Track: 1 - 2 Years
LPN: 1.5 - 2 Years
Why is the wait for clinicals so long?
There are several factors that contribute to the wait period between semester of validation and clinical entry. We are mandated by the State of Michigan as to how many students can be in our program and each classroom/clinical section. Also, Delta is not the only college in the area using local hospitals/extended care facilities for their clinicals – thus space is limited. However, it is important to know that every student who validates will be offered admission to the clinical program with time.
How do I apply for Delta’s nursing program(s)?
First, you must be an admitted Delta student, which can be complete online. Each Nursing program has required core courses, which included, for example, Biology, Math and English courses intended to prepare you for the clinical program. Required core classes by program are available to review under our programs - detail into Program Details and Requirements for the specific program you are interested in. While in your last semester of your core classes, you will complete a validation application with the Registrar's Office located in B100. Once your validation application is approved, you will be assigned a semester of validation and be placed on the entry list for clinicals. Your entry into clinical is based primarily on your semester of validation.
Now that I am validated, do I have any additional steps before starting clinicals?
Yes! Once validated, there are still two steps to complete every year to assure you start clinicals as soon as you are eligible.
1. Continuation Forms:
Registrar's mails out to all validated students a Validation Continuation letter in February of each year. Validated students are required to respond to this letter, confirming your intent to stay validated for your program for the upcoming year. This is completed yearly to help us keep our numbers of students waiting to enter clinicals as current as possible. If you do not respond to your continuation letter, it is assumed you are no longer interested in the program and your validation will be removed by Registrar's.
2. Clinical Waitlist Registration:
Twice a year (first two weeks of June for upcoming fall semester clinicals and first two weeks of November for upcoming winter semester clinicals) validated students will complete waitlisting themselves under their MyDelta for the upcoming semester's clinicals. Please visit the clinical registration page for further information on this process. Validated students must complete this process to start clinicals.
RN Full Time Track: Complete clinical waitlist registration every June and November
RN Part Time Track: Complete clinical waitlist registration every June
Paramedic/LPN to RN Transition Track: Complete clinical waitlist registration every November
LPN: Complete clinical waitlist registration every June
Please make note of the importance of returning your continuation letter to Registrar's every February and waitlisting yourself during every clinical waitlist period for your program!
Does Delta require an entrance exam to qualify for the nursing program?
No, we do not currently require an entrance exam.
Does my grade point average influence my ranking into the nursing program(s)?
No. As long as you meet the minimum GPA of 2.5 and have completed all of your CORE courses with the minimum grade required, you are able to enter Delta’s nursing program(s).
How many students are accepted into Delta’s nursing programs each year?
RN Full Time Track: 120 students each year (60 students each fall semester and 60 students each winter semester)
RN Part Time Track: 40 students each fall semester
Paramedic/LPN to RN Transition Track: 30-34 students each winter semester
LPN: 30 students each fall semester
Does Delta have a part-time RN program?
Yes. The part-time clinical program starts each Fall semester and consists of six consecutive semesters of six credits, while the full-time program meets only during Fall and Winter semesters.
If I’m accepted into the part-time RN program, can I switch to the full-time RN program, or vice versa?
Students are allowed to change program tracks only once during their nursing clinicals. If you switch from part-time to full-time, you must complete the program in the full-time track, and vice versa.
How many days a week is the full-time RN program?
The full-time program averages three full days per week.
How many days a week is the part-time RN program?
The part-time program averages two full days per week.
Is there a physical exam required for Delta’s nursing programs?
Yes, the physical exam form must be completed by your family physician, PAC, or FNP.
Is proof of immunizations required for Delta’s nursing programs?
Yes. All students must have documentation of their immunizations, including an annual negative TB test, Hepatitis B immunization, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Varicella documentation, and a current Tetanus and Influenza vaccine.
Is a criminal background check required for Delta’s nursing programs?
Yes. Each student must complete a criminal background check through Delta's Public Safety Department prior to entry into clinicals. Back ground checks completed through other agencies will not be accepted. There is a $75 charge for background check processing. Fingerprinting is only good for 90 days prior to clinical entry. Felony or serious misdemeanor convictions will be cause for denial into Delta's Nursing program, in accordance with guidelines established by the State of Michigan.
Where are Delta’s nursing clinical courses held?
Delta currently utilizes Covenant Health Care, St. Mary’s of Michigan, Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, McLaren Bay Region, Mid-Michigan Medical Center (Midland) and various local nursing homes and extended care facilities.
Are there scholarships available at Delta for the nursing programs?
Yes. Various scholarships are available by checking with the Financial Aid Office or the Nursing website at http://www.delta.edu/nursing/nursingscholarships.aspx.
What type of CPR is required for Delta’s nursing clinicals?
CPR for the HealthCare Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer is required. CPR must include adult, child and infant CPR to qualify.
Are there time constraints on prerequisite courses I have already completed?
At five years, it is recommended you take an A&P Refresher course; at 10 years you may be asked to retake your A&P I and II , as well as Microbiology and Pharmacology.
What is the schedule for nursing clinicals?
Students' clinical schedules, including days, times, and locations, will vary from semester to semester based on a number of factors. Students within the same lecture class may have different clinical schedules, as lecture classes are divided into smaller clinical groups for the best clinical experience possible. Clinical schedules may include weekdays and/or weekends, as well as mornings and/or evenings.