Top Nursing Schools in Michigan

Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 West Shore Community College 98.00 $$$$$ 13:1 1 20%
2 Glen Oaks Community College 96.25 $$$$$ 13:1 1 26%
3 Alpena Community College 94.00 $$$$$ 13:1 1 35%
4 Washtenaw Community College 94.00 $$$$$ 19:1 1 17%
5 Lansing Community College 93.00 $$$$$ 13:1 1 11%
6 Gogebic Community College 92.50 $$$$$ 15:1 1 34%
7 Montcalm Community College 92.00 $$$$$ 16:1 1 16%
8 Kellogg Community College 91.00 $$$$$ 16:1 1 14%
9 Kirtland Community College 90.75 $$$$$ 18:1 1 17%
10 Delta College 90.50 $$$$$ 17:1 1 12%
11 St Clair County Community College 90.50 $$$$$ 18:1 1 18%
12 Monroe County Community College 90.00 $$$$$ 19:1 1 14%
13 Southwestern Michigan College 90.00 $$$$$ 17:1 1 20%
14 Bay College 90.00 $$$$$ 15:1 1 16%
15 Grand Rapids Community College 89.50 $$$$$ 20:1 1 13%
16 North Central Michigan College 88.75 $$$$$ 16:1 1 8%
17 Kalamazoo Valley Community College 88.25 $$$$$ 22:1 1 10%
18 Wayne County Community College District 88.25 $$$$$ 24:1 1 10%
19 Muskegon Community College 88.00 $$$$$ 20:1 1 18%
20 Schoolcraft College 87.75 $$$$$ 25:1 1 17%
21 Oakland Community College 87.50 $$$$$ 25:1 1 8%
22 Macomb Community College 87.50 $$$$$ 28:1 1 12%
23 Henry Ford Community College 87.25 $$$$$ 24:1 1 6%
24 Mid Michigan Community College 86.50 $$$$$ 21:1 1 12%
25 Mott Community College 86.25 $$$$$ 19:1 1 10%
Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Program count Graduation Rate
1 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 91.50 $$$$$ 12:1 5 91%
2 Madonna University 90.00 $$$$$ 11:1 1 50%
3 Andrews University 89.00 $$$$$ 9:1 8 59%
4 Michigan State University 87.25 $$$$$ 17:1 8 79%
5 University of Detroit Mercy 87.00 $$$$$ 13:1 2 54%
6 Grand Valley State University 86.50 $$$$$ 17:1 12 65%
7 University of Michigan-Flint 86.25 $$$$$ 15:1 6 34%
8 Spring Arbor University 86.25 $$$$$ 12:1 14 54%
9 Northern Michigan University 86.00 $$$$$ 21:1 6 48%
10 Hope College 86.00 $$$$$ 12:1 17 80%
11 Saginaw Valley State University 85.75 $$$$$ 18:1 8 40%
12 Wayne State University 85.50 $$$$$ 15:1 2 34%
13 Siena Heights University 85.50 $$$$$ 11:1 17 51%
14 Aquinas College 85.50 $$$$$ 13:1 8 52%
15 Lake Michigan College 85.25 $$$$$ 15:1 17 15%
16 Oakland University 85.25 $$$$$ 21:1 4 46%
17 Western Michigan University 85.25 $$$$$ 18:1 14 54%
18 Calvin College 85.25 $$$$$ 12:1 17 74%
19 Rochester College 84.75 $$$$$ 11:1 17 45%
20 Lake Superior State University 84.50 $$$$$ 16:1 17 46%
21 Ferris State University 84.50 $$$$$ 16:1 12 43%
22 Northwestern Michigan College 84.00 $$$$$ 18:1 17 19%
23 Finlandia University 83.75 $$$$$ 9:1 17 36%
24 Eastern Michigan University 83.25 $$$$$ 18:1 14 37%
25 Baker College of Cadillac 82.50 $$$$$ 18:1 17 13%
26 Baker College Center for Graduate Studies 82.50 $$$$$ 13:1 17 20%
27 Davenport University 82.25 $$$$$ 14:1 17 40%
28 Baker College of Owosso 80.75 $$$$$ 27:1 17 15%
29 Baker College of Muskegon 80.50 $$$$$ 33:1 17 15%
30 Baker College of Auburn Hills 80.25 $$$$$ 22:1 17 11%
31 Baker College of Clinton Township 80.00 $$$$$ 25:1 17 12%
32 Baker College of Flint 79.50 $$$$$ 24:1 17 9%
33 Baker College of Allen Park 78.75 $$$$$ 35:1 17 10%

Approved Nursing Schools in Michigan

The Michigan Board of Nursing approves both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in the state. Use the search tool below to explore community colleges, private technical schools and universities in Michigan with accredited nursing programs.

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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

Area Hourly Median Wage Annual 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

Michigan vs. National Numbers

Salary
  • Michigan
  • National
  • Annual Salary (25th percentile)
  • Annual Salary (median)
  • Annual Salary (75th percentile)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Employment
Total Employment (2014)
2022 occupational outlook
Avg. annual openings (2012 – 2022)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 and Projections Central

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.