Nursing is a profession that encompasses several different roles. For students interested in embarking on a nursing career in the Kalamazoo / Portage area, it is important to understand the different job scopes and prerequisites for each role.
Certified nursing assistants
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) assist patients with a variety of tasks for everyday living. The state of Michigan requires that they complete a brief state-approved program (typically several months in length) and pass the state certification examination to gain licensure.
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) perform a range of tasks from bedside patient care to administering medications and tests. To gain licensure in Michigan, LPNs must complete a state-approved certificate or associate’s degree program that encompasses 12-18 months of study. Aspiring LPNs must also pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination.
Registered nurses (RNs) provide direct care to patients and can make critical patient care decisions. To practice in Michigan, one must complete a state-approved associate’s or bachelor’s degree program and pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination.
Area nursing careers
Some of the major nursing employers in the Kalamazoo / Portage area include Bronson Methodist Hospital, Fresenius Medical Care, and Bronson Healthcare. CNAs in the area earn a median annual salary of $25,770. LPNs receive $41,160 annually on average, while RNs typically take home $63,890 per year.
Interested in embarking on a nursing career in Kalamazoo, Portage, or the surrounding area? We have put together a list of local nursing programs below.