Nursing Schools and Licensing Requirements in Michigan

With over 90,000 practicing RNs, Michigan has the eighth-largest nurse workforce in the country. But with 38 percent of them above the age of 54, and 43 percent planning on retiring by 2025, according to the Michigan Center for Nursing, the state needs plenty of new graduates to replace them. Advanced practice nurses are needed too and the number of students in MSN and doctorate programs has all increased over the past 10 years. This comprehensive guide compares nursing schools in Michigan, explains the steps to licensure, and gives prospective students an idea of what to expect in terms of salary.

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To be considered for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria:

  • Accredited at the institutional level
  • Private nonprofit or public school
  • Minimum of 1 bachelor’s or master’s degree in subject area for 4-year schools
  • Minimum of 1 associate degree or certificate program in subject area for 2-year schools

Schools were then scored on factors such as:

  • Cost & Financial Aid
  • Number and variety of program offerings
  • Student-teacher ratios
  • Graduation rates (4-year schools only)
  • Placement and support services offered
  • Academic/Career counseling services
  • Employment services
  • Loan default rates

These factors were assembled for each school and rated using a peer-based-value (PBV) calculation. PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or similar) qualitative score and cost. PBV denotes the overall value or "bang for your buck" of a college or degree program.

Top 10 Bachelor Nursing Schools in Michigan

#1 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
#2 Madonna University Livonia, MI
#3 Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI
#4 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
#5 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
#6 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
#7 University of Michigan-Flint Flint, MI
#8 Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI
#9 Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI
#10 Hope College Holland, MI

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University of Michigan-Ann Arbor View School Profile Ann Arbor, MI 91%
Madonna University View School Profile Livonia, MI 50%
Andrews University View School Profile Berrien Springs, MI 59%
Michigan State University View School Profile East Lansing, MI 79%
University of Detroit Mercy View School Profile Detroit, MI 54%
Grand Valley State University View School Profile Allendale, MI 65%
University of Michigan-Flint View School Profile Flint, MI 34%
Spring Arbor University View School Profile Spring Arbor, MI 54%
Northern Michigan University View School Profile Marquette, MI 48%
Hope College View School Profile Holland, MI 80%
Saginaw Valley State University View School Profile University Center, MI 40%
Wayne State University View School Profile Detroit, MI 34%
Siena Heights University View School Profile Adrian, MI 51%
Aquinas College View School Profile Grand Rapids, MI 52%
Lake Michigan College View School Profile Benton Harbor, MI 15%
Oakland University View School Profile Rochester Hills, MI 46%
Western Michigan University View School Profile Kalamazoo, MI 54%
Calvin College View School Profile Grand Rapids, MI 74%
Rochester College View School Profile Rochester Hills, MI 45%
Lake Superior State University View School Profile Sault Ste. Marie, MI 46%
Ferris State University View School Profile Big Rapids, MI 43%
Northwestern Michigan College View School Profile Traverse City, MI 19%
Finlandia University View School Profile Hancock, MI 36%
Eastern Michigan University View School Profile Ypsilanti, MI 37%
Baker College View School Profile Owosso, MI 13%
Davenport University View School Profile Grand Rapids, MI 40%

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Top 10 Associate Nursing Schools in Michigan

#1 West Shore Community College Scottville, MI
#2 Glen Oaks Community College Centreville, MI
#3 Alpena Community College Alpena, MI
#4 Washtenaw Community College Ann Arbor, MI
#5 Lansing Community College Lansing, MI
#6 Gogebic Community College Ironwood, MI
#7 Montcalm Community College Sidney, MI
#8 Kellogg Community College Battle Creek, MI
#9 Kirtland Community College Roscommon, MI
#10 Delta College University Center, MI

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West Shore Community College View School Profile Scottville, MI 20%
Glen Oaks Community College View School Profile Centreville, MI 26%
Alpena Community College View School Profile Alpena, MI 35%
Washtenaw Community College View School Profile Ann Arbor, MI 17%
Lansing Community College View School Profile Lansing, MI 11%
Gogebic Community College View School Profile Ironwood, MI 34%
Montcalm Community College View School Profile Sidney, MI 16%
Kellogg Community College View School Profile Battle Creek, MI 14%
Kirtland Community College View School Profile Roscommon, MI 17%
Delta College View School Profile University Center, MI 12%
St Clair County Community College View School Profile Port Huron, MI 18%
Monroe County Community College View School Profile Monroe, MI 14%
Southwestern Michigan College View School Profile Dowagiac, MI 20%
Bay de Noc Community College View School Profile Escanaba, MI 16%
Grand Rapids Community College View School Profile Grand Rapids, MI 13%
North Central Michigan College View School Profile Petoskey, MI 8%
Kalamazoo Valley Community College View School Profile Kalamazoo, MI 10%
Wayne County Community College District View School Profile Detroit, MI 10%
Muskegon Community College View School Profile Muskegon, MI 18%
Schoolcraft College View School Profile Livonia, MI 17%
Oakland Community College View School Profile Bloomfield Hills, MI 8%
Macomb Community College View School Profile Warren, MI 12%
Henry Ford Community College View School Profile Dearborn, MI 6%
Mid Michigan Community College View School Profile Harrison, MI 12%
Mott Community College View School Profile Flint, MI 10%

Requirements for MI Nursing Licenses

In order to earn a professional license in Michigan, nurses must adhere to the standards set forth by the Michigan Board of Nursing. This agency is responsible for regulating nursing school programs, investigating professional infractions, and revoking licenses when necessary.

Earning a License by Exam or Endorsement

Nurses seeking licensure to practice in Michigan need to do four things:

  • Graduate from a nursing program approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing, either in or out of the state
  • Fill out an application and send $54 to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, under which the nursing board falls
  • Submit fingerprints and have a background check conducted
  • Register for the NCLEX-RN with Pearson VUE, pay a $200 exam fee and pass the test within 90 days of receiving an authorization to test (ATT)

Those who already hold an RN license in another state, but move to and want to practice in Michigan must follow a slightly different set of steps:

  • Verify their existing licensure
  • Fill out an application and send $54 to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Submit fingerprints and have a background check conducted

License Renewal Requirements in Michigan

Initial RN licenses are only good for four months to one year, depending on when they are granted. During this initial licensure period, no continuing education is required. After that, licenses must be renewed every two years at a cost of $74. Over the course of those two years, RNs must complete 25 contact hours of continuing education, one hour of which must be in pain and pain symptom management.

Advanced Practice Specialty Licensure in MI

There are three types of advanced practice registered nurses in Michigan: nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives. To practice as an APRN, nurses must:

  • Be licensed as a Michigan RN
  • Be nationally certified (for nurse midwives, certification must come from the American Midwifery Certification Board; for nurse anesthetists, it comes from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist Council on Certification or the Council on Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists)
  • Fill out the Nurse Specialty Certification application and pay a check for either $52 (for RNs with licenses expiring in less then four months or more than 13) or $38 (for RNs with licenses expiring in between five and 12 months)

For more information about licensing, including details on nurses with special circumstances, visit the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Michigan Nursing Numbers: Now and Tomorrow

The number of available nursing jobs in the US is expected to increase 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Half of that growth will be generated by just ten states, one of which is Michigan. The advanced practice nursing areas are also expected to expand in the state at a steady pace, growing by more than 11 percent in just a decade. To get in-depth data on what Michigan pays its sizable nursing workforce, check the figures below.

Top-Paying Areas for RNs in Michigan

AreaHourly Median WageAnnual Median Wage
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division$33.81$70,330
Ann Arbor$33.31$69,280
Detroit-Warren-Livonia$33.29$69,240
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division$32.70$68,010
Bay City$32.68$67,970
Flint$31.88$66,300
Battle Creek$30.95$64,370
Kalamazoo-Portage$30.90$64,260
Jackson$30.40$63,220
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North$30.00$62,400
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

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Professional Resources for Michigan RNs

Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists
By its own count, MANA represents 2,300 nurse anesthetists and students. It runs both a scholarship fund to grow the profession and a political action committee to finance lawmakers’ campaigns.

Michigan Association of School Nurses
The Michigan Association of School Nurses works to advance the school nursing profession and protect the health and well being of Michigan’s school children. Nursing students and recent graduates can use the association’s website to search for jobs, while school nursing veterans can network and get involved in MASN’s advocacy campaigns.

Michigan Board of Nursing
The Michigan Board of Nursing is the state’s licensing body for the profession. Its website is designed to convey everything students, recent graduates and practicing nurses need to know about the licensure process.

Michigan Emergency Nurses Association
With five regional chapters, the Michigan Emergency Nurses Association has acted as the voice of emergency nurses in the state since 1985. Its national organization is the Emergency Nurses Association, which has nearly 40,000 members across the U.S.

Michigan Nurses Association
The Michigan Nurses Association addresses the professional and political issues registered nurses face in the state. As a union, it protects workers’ rights and advocates the state legislature for pro-nursing policies.

Michigan Nursing Students Association
The Michigan Nursing Students Association provides a strong professional community for those studying nursing. It offers multiple scholarships each year, which are awarded at its annual convention.

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