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Bring patients a healing touch.

Prepare for the practice of nursing.

Licensed Practical Nurses (known as LPNs) work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors, providing bedside care for people who are sick, injured, or recovering. Using their medical knowledge and problem-solving skills, LPNs work closely with patients to monitor and discuss their health concerns, and administer basic nursing care.

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Nursing – Practical Nurse (PN)

Bring patients a healing touch.

Prepare for the practice of nursing.

Licensed Practical Nurses (known as LPNs) work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors, providing bedside care for people who are sick, injured, or recovering. Using their medical knowledge and problem-solving skills, LPNs work closely with patients to monitor and discuss their health concerns, and administer basic nursing care.

Career Facts

$42,490

Median salary for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

16%

Estimated employment increase by 2020

$66,640

Median salary for Registered Nurses

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Overview

Overview

Developed and taught by nursing professionals who have years of experience, Baker’s Practical Nurse certificate program provides you with the knowledge and skills that are essential to the practice of nursing.

Through your class work, labs, and hands-on experience in a clinical setting, you learn all the fundamentals—health assessments, human anatomy, physiology, and more. Participatory learning develops your critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques, along with preparing you with an understanding of what it means to work in healthcare.

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam, a standard exam developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Enrollment is limited for this program.

Course Information

Course Information

Practical Nurse Major Requirements66 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

ENG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I 4

HSC 151

2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to health informatics, with primary focus on the function of electronic health records (EHR) systems in health care delivery. Emphasis will be directed toward interdisciplinary use of an EHR to enhance quality and safety in patient care. Students will learn to use EHR software, access a patient account, create a patient file, and to enter and retrieve data. Compliance with HIPAA and confidentiality will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 101
Introduction to Electronic Health Records 2

HSC 221

4 Quarter Hours

Applies nutritional biochemistry and physiology content to an analysis of health and illness situations from a holistic perspective. Nutritional, allopathic and alternative healing modalities will be explored and applied through the use of case studies and other varied learning experience.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C for Nursing, Nursing LPN to Ladder and Practical Nurse Majors.
Nutrition 4

INF 161

2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society 2

MTH 108

4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application 4

NUR 101A

8 Quarter Hours

Provides nursing students with the basic fundamental knowledge and skills necessary in the delivery of care to the adult patient with a focus on the nursing process. Critical thinking skills and the process of clinical reasoning will be stressed. A Caring philosophy as applied to the holistic care of the adult patient will permeate this course. Students are provided with practical experience in a laboratory setting that stresses the provision of basic nursing skills necessary to give safe and competent patient-centered care through supervised practice of skills and discussion of application to patient care situations.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program, Student background check.
Nursing Fundamentals 8

NUR 106

2 Quarter Hours

Provides a theoretical foundation for the fundamental principles and concepts of pharmacotherapeutics, with a focus on classification, usage, dosage, calculation, and delivery methods.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program, Student background check.
Corequisite(s):
NUR 101A
Nursing Pharmacology Overview 2

NUR 111

2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on a holistic approach to the physical examination and health assessment, an essential element of the nursing process. This course will enable students to develop and demonstrate elementary skills to accomplish the health history and physical examination of the adult client. Threads of caring for the biopsychosocial and spiritual well-being of the client will be emphasized in this learning experience. Health Assessment skills will be practiced in a laboratory setting. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
Acceptance in the program, Student background check.
Corequisite(s):
NUR 101A
Health Assessment 2

NUR 131

2 Quarter Hours

Focuses on health promotion throughout life in a variety of community settings. The emphasis is placed on application of the nursing process to wellness and disease prevention for culturally diverse clients.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in PN 121B, B- or better in NUR 141
Nursing Strategies Across the Lifespan and Across the Continuum 2

NUR 141

2 Quarter Hours

Provides nursing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely administer medications. Included is an overview of pharmacologic essentials such as: three systems of measurement, abbreviations and symbols, classifications of drugs, and commonly used drugs. In applying the nursing process, the procedures for administration of medications and the importance of safe practice will be stressed. Administration of medication skills will be practiced in a lab setting. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 101A, B- or better in NUR 106, B- or better in NUR 111.
Nursing Drug Applications 2

NUR 171

2 Quarter Hours

Explores liability and malpractice issues related to nursing as well as the legal basis for the practice of nursing in Michigan. The social context of nursing is emphasized. Personal and professional development are integrated into the content and the process of learning in this course.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 121B, B- or better in NUR 106
Corequisite(s):
NUR 131, NURL 151B.
Legal Issues in Nursing 2

PN 121B

9 Quarter Hours

Addresses the theoretical application of the nursing process to concepts of care. Concepts incorporated in this course include: health promotion and maintenance, principles of pharmacology, correlation of medicines to disease processes, nutrition, communication, pain, infection control, and selected health conditions. The focus of this course will be on the care of patients with chronic illnesses and recurring health problems in the adult and geriatric populations. Allows opportunity for students to apply practical nurse processes to care of the adult patient in both acute and chronic patient care settings. This course requires 60 hours of theoretical instruction and 90 hours of clinical instruction.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 101A, B- or better in NUR 106, B- or better in NUR 111.
Corequisite(s):
NUR 141
Medical/Surgical Nursing for the PN 9

PN 131C

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an exploration of practical nursing care for women in the prenatal, labor/delivery, and post-partum phases of pregnancy, including wellness care and care of complications. Exploration of practical nurse care for newborns, infants, and children will include wellness, common childhood illness, and immunizations. Students, under the supervision of a clinical instructor, will observe and apply basic nursing assessment and nursing management skills in the care of the pregnant client, and the pediatric client in a health care setting.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 141, B- or better in PN 121B.
Corequisite(s):
NUR 131, NUR 171, PN 171A
Maternity and Pediatric Nursing for the Practical Nurses 4

PN 171A

1 Quarter Hours

Integrates the previously acquired knowledge and skills necessary to begin a career in nursing. Topics include delegation, leadership, dealing with conflict, career growth, as well as resume and interview techniques. Standardized testing with remediation will occur in this course. The portfolio project will be completed in this course.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in NUR 141, B- or better in PN 121B, Sophomore status.
Corequisite(s):
NUR 131, NUR 171, PN 131C
Practical Nurse Seminar 1

PSY 111

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology 4

SCI 101C

5 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the fundamental study of the body with a view toward the structure and function of body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. Laboratory work may include the use of the microscope, experiments/demonstrations in physiologic principles, and the dissection of animal parts. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Human Anatomy and Physiology I 5

SCI 102C

5 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the structure and function of the various body systems. Laboratory work will include the dissection of mammal organs. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 101C.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 5

SCI 211

4 Quarter Hours

Examines general disease mechanisms with an emphasis on the disease processes within each body system.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in SCI 102C.
Pathophysiology 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 66
Program Description

Program Description

The Practical Nurse Program at Baker College prepares students to attain the necessary knowledge, attitudes, and skills for a career as a practical nurse. Upon completion of the program, graduates will obtain a certificate in Practical Nursing and be eligible to sit for the PN-NCLEX Exam. The curriculum is designed to assist students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Students are encouraged to develop an appreciation for the legal, moral, ethical, and cultural dimensions of issues they confront in an ever-evolving healthcare system. The Michigan Board of Nursing may deny licensure to an applicant who has been convicted of a crime or is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Accreditation Status: The Baker College of Jackson Practical Nurse program has received initial approval from the Michigan Board of Nursing. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam, which is a standard exam developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The Michigan Board of Nursing may deny LPN licensure to an applicant who has been convicted of a crime or is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Baker College School of Nursing Overview

The School of Nursing offers a wide range of program options:

  • A Practical Nurse Certificate program at the Jackson campus
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs at the Allen Park campus
  • A Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program of study at the Cadillac, Clinton Township, and Muskegon campuses (beginning Fall of 2014) and at the Flint campus (beginning Fall of 2015)
  • A Post-License RN to BSN Baccalaureate program of study at the Owosso campus and through Baker College Online
  • All students completing the Associate Degree in Nursing Program and the Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

At the foundation of the nursing program curriculum are eight key program outcomes that permeate all courses within the program.  These outcomes include:

  • Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Global and Cultural Awareness
  • Informatics and Information Literacy
  • Communication
  • Professional Behaviors
  • Patient-Centered Care

These concepts are stressed throughout the program and students work toward proficiency in each of these areas.  Within each quarter of study, students participate in theoretical courses, laboratory courses, and clinical practicum courses.  A progression of learning occurs from basic to complex in a wide range of learning environments.  Clinical practicum courses may be found in long term care settings, acute care hospitals, as well as in a variety of community settings.  Students are guided to take what they learn in the classroom, and to apply that learning to actual patient care situations under the supervision of experienced nursing faculty.

Baker College is proud to provide an educational experience that prepares graduates for a challenging and rewarding career in the profession of nursing.  A caring philosophy is emphasized throughout the nursing program along with a strong technological and academic foundation necessary for meeting the demands of healthcare environments of today.

Program Status: Limited Enrollment.

Accreditation

Accreditation

The Baker College of Jackson Practical Nurse program has received initial approval from the Michigan Board of Nursing. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam, which is a standard exam developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The Michigan Board of Nursing may deny LPN licensure to an applicant who has been convicted of a crime or is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Mission

Mission

The mission of the Baker College School of Nursing is to prepare graduates who are life-long learners with the core knowledge and skills needed to provide competent, holistic nursing care in a diverse and ever-changing healthcare environment.  The curriculum is designed to assist students to become critical thinkers with clinical reasoning skills who also understand the moral, ethical, cultural, and global dimensions of the issues they confront in an ever-evolving healthcare system.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

  1. The graduate will exhibit critical thinking and clinical reasoning behavior through formulation, provision, and prioritization of patient-centered care in promoting optimal patient outcomes across the continuum of care within the scope of practice of the Practical Nurse.
  2. The graduate will initiate and prioritize basic therapeutic interventions within the scope of practice of a Practical Nurse that are safe, evidence-based, holistic, and that are reflective of a transpersonal caring philosophy.
  3. The graduate will consistently access and evaluate information and utilize this information to communicate and deliver safe, effective, and collaborative patient care.
  4. The graduate will compare and contrast the needs of various cultural groups with an awareness of and respect for the values and beliefs of patients and their families; and will recognize global issues and events that impact personal and local health care.
  5. The graduate will model effective interpersonal, written, and therapeutic communication principles in patient and interdisciplinary collaborative interactions.
  6. The graduate will collaborate and communicate as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team to provide patient-centered care in promoting optimal patient outcomes.
  7. The graduate will emulate and model professional nursing behaviors and consistently provide safe and effective patient care based upon standards of practice established by Michigan Licensed Practical Nurses Association for the Practical Nurse.
  8. The graduate will integrate the principles of patient-centered care that include customer service, quality and safety, collaboration, and holistic principles.
Application Information

Application Information

Prospective Students

An online application is available for Undergraduate and Graduate admission. You may also print the Application for Undergraduate Admission and apply through mail, or at the campus nearest you.

Returning Students

Returning students do not need to re-apply. Please contact the Academic Office on the campus that you plan to attend about returning to Baker College.

Current Students

Allen Park – Nursing (ADN)

  • The Baker College of Allen Park campus has been approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing to admit no more than 30 students per year beginning January 2012.
  • Application Quarter: Spring quarter 2017 for fall semester start in 2017.
  • Application Process: Applications will be available for download on the Allen Park Nursing Program Information Blackboard community during the application cycle. As the student, it is your responsibility to read the information and ask questions.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test: Sign up during the Meet and Greet session to be held each spring (dates and time to be determined).  Kaplan test may only be taken once every six months for a maximum of 2 attempts to qualify for any nursing programs of Baker College School of Nursing.

Auburn Hills- Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN

  • 32 students are accepted Summer Application for Fall Start
  • 22 students are accepted Fall Application for Winter Start
  • Application Quarters: Summer application for Fall start & Fall application for Winter start
  • Kaplan Entrance exam will be given in August (Fall start) & November (Winter start)
  • Application Process: Applications will be completed online through the link listed below. All applications must be submitted be the deadline. The deadline will be strictly enforced and the submission of the application via the link will be recorded. You will be contacted by an Academic Advisor once your application is submitted to schedule your entrance exam. Please contact your Program Director or Academic Advisor regarding information pertaining to your exam.

Application Deadline
Application dates for Fall 2016 start: June 27-July 29th
Application dates for Winter 2017 start: September 26th-October 28th

Student must have all pre-requisite courses completed the quarter completing the application. For example, if applying in Summer for a Fall Start, pre-requisites must be completed Summer quarter.

  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test: Sign up for the Kaplan test will occur once your application has been submitted and cleared by an Academic Advisor. You will be contacted via email to schedule your test slot. Students with incomplete applications will not be allowed to sit for the Kaplan Test. You must obtain a 66% or greater on the Kaplan test for your application to be complete.
  • Background checks will required once application is received. Further details will be included in your clearance email from the Advisor.

Cadillac – Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN

  • Cadillac – Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN
  • 24 students are accepted
  • Application Quarters: Summer for Fall  start;  Fall for Spring start
  • Application Dates:
    • Fall Quarter Nursing Start
      • Available Summer quarter Week 1
      • Due Friday Summer quarter Week 5 at close of business
      • Kaplan Entrance exam given in September
    • Winter Quarter Nursing Start
      • Available Fall quarter Week 1
      • Due Friday Fall quarter Week 5 at close of business
      • Kaplan Entrance exam given in December
  • Application Process:  Applications may be picked up in person in the Faculty office.  Applications must be completed and returned in person to the Faculty office by the designated deadline.  At this time, applicants sign up for the Kaplan Admission Assessment test.
  • Student must have all pre-requisite courses completed the quarter completing the application.  For example, if applying in the Summer for a Fall start, pre-requisites must be completed Summer quarter.  Students applying in the Fall for a Winter start must have completed pre-requisites Fall quarter.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test:  Sign up for the Kaplan test when application is turned in.  The Kaplan test will be given on designated dates in December for Fall applicants (Winter start) and in September for Summer applicants (Fall start).  Students with incomplete applications will not be allowed to sit for the Kaplan Test.  Must obtain a 66% or greater on the Kaplan test for your application to be complete.
  • Application Informational Meetings: Meetings are held quarterly. Specific location, dates and times are posted on campus and in the “Beacon” (Cadillac Campus Newsletter). Additionally, meeting information is available in the faculty office (231-876-3158).

Clinton Township – Nursing Pre-Licensure

  • 40 students are admitted each Fall and 40 students are admitted each Spring
  • Application Quarters:  Spring quarter for a Fall start; and Fall quarter for a Spring start.
  • Application Dates:  Applications accepted in the first five weeks of the Spring Quarter for Fall start and in the first five weeks of the Fall quarter for the Spring start.
  • Application Process:  Students must pick up application packets and return in person to the Nursing office.  Photo ID must be presented.   Applications must include the  1)Information page;  2) Current copy of Step Plan; and 3) Statement page verifying that they have completed all pre-requisite courses with a grade of B- or better.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test:  Open enrollment in October to test on designated dates in November.  Open enrollment in April to test on designated dates in May.  Kaplan test may only be taken once per year.

Flint – Nursing (ADN)

  • 40 students are accepted during each application cycle (80 students per year)
  • Application Quarters:  Spring quarter for a Fall start; Fall quarter for a Spring start
  • Application Dates:  Applications accepted during the month of April for Fall Quarter and during the month of October for Spring Quarter
  • Application Process: Applications will be available in the Health Science Office for pick-up and must be returned to the Health Science Office by the deadline date and time listed in the packet.
  • Students are to complete the application and the “Alternative Careers” web site card to be eligible.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test:  Instructions are enclosed in the application packet on when students must call to schedule their Kaplan test.  The test is not given until after the quarter ends.  Students who have not met all requirements for admission will not be permitted to sit for the test.
  • Kaplan test may only be taken once per year.

Muskegon – Nursing Pre-Licensure BSN

  • 16 students accepted for Fall; 16 accepted for Spring
  • Application Quarters:  Summer quarter for a Fall start  and Winter quarter for a Spring start
  • Application Dates:  Applications accepted during the month of August for Fall Quarter and during the month of March  for the Spring Quarter
  • Application Process:  Students pick up applications in the G-Wing reception area.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test:  Students sign up for the Kaplan test when picking up the application with the administrative assistant. .  Kaplan test may only be taken once per year.

Owosso – Nursing (ADN) and Post-Licensure BSN

  • 35-40 students are admitted for Fall quarter and 35-40 students are admitted for Spring quarter.
  • Application Quarters: Spring quarter for a Fall start; and Fall quarter for a Spring start.
  • Application Dates:  Applications accepted during the month of April for Fall Quarter and during the month of October for Spring Quarter.
  • Application Process:  Students must pick up and return applications in person in the Health Science Office.  Student ID must be presented.  Applications include:  1) Application page; 2) Essay on assigned topic as designated in the application packet.
  • Kaplan Admission Assessment Test: Students sign up for designated test dates when completed applications are submitted.  Kaplan testing occurs in the week following the end of the application quarter (June and December).  Kaplan test may only be taken once per year.

Limited Enrollment

Full acceptance into the professional track of some programs is limited due to clinical site availability. Students compete to earn acceptance into these programs. Selection criteria have been developed to choose the most qualified students for limited enrollment programs.  Students who have successfully completed the conditional acceptance requirements for their program are eligible to apply for full acceptance in to the professional track of the program. Refer to the program information supplement for program specific details on the application process, the criteria used, and the courses used in the GPA calculations.

Once selected through the limited enrollment criteria, for full acceptance into a program, students must complete program requirements including, but not limited to: program specific orientations, background checks, drug screens, etc. Please contact your campus official for additional information.

Campus Contacts

Campus Contacts

Auburn Hills (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Shelly Thomas-Katta MSN, RN
Program Director of Nursing
Office: (248)-276-6661
shelly.thomas-katta@baker.edu

Allen Park (ADN)

Irene Su RN, MSN, DNP
Program Director of Nursing
Office: (313) 425-3834
irene.su@baker.edu

Cadillac (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Lori Dewey MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Office: (231) 876-3163
lori.dewey@baker.edu

Clinton Township (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Maryam Jannesari, DNP, RN
Program Director of Nursing
Office: (586) 790-9680
maryam.jannesari@baker.edu

Flint (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Renee Gilbert BSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Office: (810) 766-4127
renee.gilbert@baker.edu

Jackson (Pre-Licensure BSN)

Debra Hadfield MSN, RN
Program Director
Office: (517) 780-4575
debra.hadfield@baker.edu

Muskegon (Pre-Licensure)

Kathleen Bonthuis MSN, RN
Program Director of Nursing
Kbonth01@baker.edu

Owosso (Pre-Licensure)

Shannon Meijer MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Office: (989) 729-3475
shannon.meijer@baker.edu

Baker Online (Post Licensure BSN)

Lesley Morgan Ph.D, M.B.A., ARNP 
Director, Baccalaureate Nursing Program
Admissions Office: (810) 766-4390
Toll Free: (800) 469-4062
lesley.morgan@baker.edu

Assessment Report

Assessment Report

2013 Assessment Information

Nursing 2013 Assessment Report

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FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?
    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?
    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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