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Becoming certified as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) is one of several ways to enter the nursing profession. Licensed practical nurses work with doctors and registered nurses in a variety of care settings. They perform tasks that range from basic bedside care, to conducting tests and procedures, to administering medications.

Training to become a licensed practical nurse
To practice as an LPN, one must attend a state-approved training program and pass the NCLEX-PN in order to gain licensure. Most programs are relatively short, spanning 12-18 months in total. There are 35 state-approved LPN programs throughout the state of Michigan. These courses are offered at community colleges, private schools, and universities across the state including Kalamazoo Community College, Davenport University, and Northern Michigan University.

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Working as a licensed practical nurse in Michigan
The median salary of Michigan’s more than 15,000 LPNs is $42,930, with the middle 50 percent earning between $36,690 and $49,320. Some of the top current employers of LPNs in Michigan include the Department of Veterans Affairs, Great Lakes Home Health Services, and the Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center.

To assist those interested in pursuing a career as a licensed practical nurse, we have compiled below a list of some of the best LPN programs in Michigan.

Featured Schools

Detroit metro area

St. Clair County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Abcott Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Davenport University - Warren
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Detroit Business Institute - Downriver
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Madison Heights
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Roseville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Wayne
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Schoolcraft College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
St. Clair County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.1% 2013 to 2017
Abcott Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Davenport University - Warren
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Detroit Business Institute - Downriver
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Madison Heights
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Roseville
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Wayne
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Schoolcraft College
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Montcalm Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Grand Rapids Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.9% 2011 to 2017
Montcalm Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Lansing / East Lansing area

Lansing Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lansing Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Michigan cities

Alpena Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bay College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Davenport University - Midland
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Saginaw
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Glen Oaks Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Gogebic Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jackson College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kellogg Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lake Superior State University
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Monroe County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Muskegon Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northern Michigan University
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwestern Michigan College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwestern Michigan College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
West Shore Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Alpena Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Bay College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Davenport University - Midland
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Saginaw
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Glen Oaks Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Gogebic Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jackson College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kellogg Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lake Superior State University
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Monroe County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Muskegon Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northern Michigan University
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwestern Michigan College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southwestern Michigan College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
West Shore Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing