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Registered nurses (RNs) play a critical role in the healthcare system. Not only do they provide bedside care for patients, but they also shoulder added responsibilities, including administering medication and making critical patient care decisions. RNs have the opportunity to work in leadership positions, supervising certified nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses on their teams. For those interested in such a crucial role, it is important to understand the requirements to become certified.

Training as a registered nurse
To become licensed as a registered nurse, students must enroll in a state-approved program and pass the NCLEX-RN, the licensing examination for registered nurses. Prelicensure programs are available at both the associate’s and bachelor’s degree level in Michigan, which take two and four years respectively to complete. Some institutions that offer associate’s degree programs include Oakland Community College and Baker College (two campuses), while institutions such as the Robert B. Miller College and Hope College offer bachelor’s degree programs in registered nursing.

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Careers as a registered nurse in Michigan
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median wage for registered nurses throughout the state of Michigan is $64,050, with 50 percent of RNs earning between $55,460 and $73,890. Qualified registered nurses are in demand from employers such as the University of Michigan Health System, Beaumont Hospitals, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

To assist those interested in embarking on a career as a registered nurse in Michigan, we have assembled a list of state-approved prelicensure programs across the state.

Ann Arbor

Eastern Michigan University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Washtenaw Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Detroit metro area

Baker College of Auburn Hills
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Canton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Baker College of Allen Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Rochester College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
South University - Novi
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Davenport University - Warren
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of Detroit Mercy
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Macomb Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Oakland Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Oakland University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Henry Ford Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Madonna University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Schoolcraft College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
St Clair County Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Wayne County Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Wayne State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Baker College of Clinton Township
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Flint

Baker College of Flint
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Mott Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
University of Michigan - Flint
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Grand Rapids

Calvin College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Davenport University - Grand Rapids
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Grand Rapids Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Montcalm Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Grand Valley State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Hope College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Kalamazoo / Portage area

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Western Michigan University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Lansing / East Lansing area

Lansing Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Michigan State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Other Michigan cities

Mid Michigan Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
North Central Michigan College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Gogebic Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Northwestern Michigan College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Jackson Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Siena Heights University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Northern Michigan University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Monroe County Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Baker College of Muskegon
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Muskegon Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Kirtland Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southwestern Michigan College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Finlandia University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
West Shore Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Baker College of Cadillac
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Alpena Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Delta College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Andrews University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Bay de Noc Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Ferris State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Davenport University - Midland
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Baker College of Owosso
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Glen Oaks Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Saginaw Valley State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Lake Michigan College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Kellogg Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Lake Superior State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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