Becoming an RN in Michigan

Why does a person become a professional nurse? Michigan’s official nursing career site references Florence Nightingale, and notes that from her era on up to the present day, people have become nurses because they wanted to combine medicine and compassion.

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In Michigan, one becomes a professional nurse by completing a board-approved degree program and taking the licensing exam. There are a lot of programs to choose from. Michigan boasts 37 board-approved associate’s programs and 21 at the baccalaureate level. Entering a program isn’t quite the first step in the process. You can expect to complete prerequisites in classes like microbiology, nutrition, and human development before you begin the clinical portion of your study. Your performance in these classes is a part of what will gain you admission to a formal program.

Prospective RNs should be aware that an accredited program from another state is also acceptable. Those educated outside of the country, though, must have their credentials evaluated though a separate process. Wherever you get your education, licensure depends on passing the NCLEX-RN exam.

Education Pathways to Registered Nursing in Michigan

In order to attract enough qualified candidates, schools around the nation are reaching out to second degree professionals. Candidates for second degree nursing programs often have many prerequisites completed; they also have a track record for academic success. Second degree programs are often much faster than traditional ones. According to the Michigan Center for Nursing, there are nine fast track RN programs in Michigan.

There are additional options for licensed practical nurses and paramedics. Nationwide, LPN to RN is the more common track, but if your current licensing is as a paramedic, you’ll find some options within Michigan.

RN Career Outlook in Michigan

Nursing continues to be an area of high need in Michigan and around the nation. One reason for this is changing demographics. 33% of Michigan nurses who applied for biannual renewal in 2007 were over 55. This was an increase of 6% over the previous year. In short, Michigan’s workforce is aging and getting closer to retirement. Some nurses of course leave the field for other reasons. Fully 40% expected to leave within ten years time, either for retirement or other reasons. That translates into an increased need for professional nurses in the coming years.

In a time of recession, experienced nurses often hang onto their positions longer; some even return to the workforce after an absence. This can make it more difficult to land that first position. Once you’ve proven yourself, though, you can expect solid prospects for years to come. When it comes time to apply, you can do so directly on the site of iCON, a state job board for nurses.

The Application Process

Some ADN programs admit all qualified candidates, but place them on a wait list for a period of time. In early 2011, the wait list for the standard full-time track at Delta was listed as 2 ½ years to 3 years. The wait for the LPN/ paramedic to RN track was listed as 2 years. What does it take to be considered qualified at this particular institution? One must have a completed their prerequisite courses and maintained a 2.5 GPA or better.

Other ADN programs use a point system in lieu of a wait list. Monroe Community College, for example, admits students through a competitive process, based on GPA, ACT test scores, college credits completed, and grades in particular science courses. A person with a GPA of 3.9 will receive 20 points while a person with a 2.5 will receive just 6. An ACT score of 27, meanwhile, earns the maximum credit for this category. A person gets a few additional points for being a resident of the county.

BSN programs may take a holistic approach and consider many factors. Mercy considers test scores, academic performance, activities and interests, and career goals. The school notes that applicants with a B average and competitive scores on the SAT or ACT do generally make it into the nursing program.

Michigan Board of Nursing Approved ADN Programs

Alpena Community College
666 Johnson Street
Alpena, MI 49707

Baker College – Cadillac
9600 13th Street
Cadilac, MI 49601

Baker College Clinton Township
34950 Little Mack Avenue
Clinton Township, MI 48035

Baker College Muskegon
1903 Marquette Ave
Muskegon, MI 49442 – 1490

Baker College of Owosso
1020 South Washington
Owosso, MI 48867

Baker College of Flint
1050 West Bristol Road
Flint, MI 48507 – 5508

Bay de Noc Community College
2001 N. Lincoln Road
Escanaba, MI 49829

Davenport University
3555 East Patrick Road
Midland, MI 48642

Davenport University
27650 Dequindre Road
Warren, MI 48092

Delta College
University Center 48710

Glen Oaks Community College
62249 Shimmer Road
Centreville, MI 49032

Gogebic CommunityCollege
E4946 Jackson Road
Ironwood, MI 49938

Grand Rapids Community College
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Henry Ford Community College
5101 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128

Jackson Community College
2111 Emmons Road
Jackson, MI 49201

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
6767 West O Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Kirtland Community College
10775 N. St. Helen Road
Roscommon, MI 48653

Lake Michigan College
2755 E. Napier Ave.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Lansing Community College
422 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933

Macomb County Community College
44575 Garfield Road
Mt. Clemens, MI 48044

Mid-Michigan Community College
1375 S. Clare Ave.
Harrison, MI 48625

Monroe County Community College
1555 Raisinville Road
Monroe, MI 48161

Montcalm Community College
2800 College Drive
Sidney, MI 48885

Mott Community College
1401 East Court Street
Flint, MI 48503

Muskegon Community College
221 S. Quarterline Road
Muskegon, MI 49442

North Central Michigan College
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

Northwestern Michigan College
1701 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Oakland Community College
7350 Cooley Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48327

St. Clair County Community College
323 Erie Street
Port Huron, MI 48061

Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152

Southwestern Michigan College
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047

Wastenaw Community College
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Wayne County Community College
8551 Greenfield
Detroit, MI 48228

West Shore Community College
3000 N. Stiles Road
Scottville, MI 49454


Michigan Board of Nursing Approved BSN Programs

Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI 49104

Calvin College
3201 Burton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Davenport University
Mable Engle Bldg.
415 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Eastern Michigan University
311 Marshall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Finlandia University
601 Quincy Street
Hancock, MI 49930

Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

Hope College
35 E. 12th Street
Holland, MI 49423

Lake Superior State University
650 Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150

Michigan State University
A230 Life Sciences Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI 49855

Oakland University
428 O’Dowd Hall
Rochester, MI 48063

Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Road
University Center 48710

University of Detroit – Mercy
8200 West Outer Drive
Detroit, MI 48219

University of Michigan – Flint
303 East Kearsley Rm. 516 CROB
Flint, MI 48502

University of Michigan
400 N. Engalls #1320
Ann Arbor, MI 48202

Wayne State University
5557 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008