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Ann Arbor provides an excellent home for launching one’s nursing career. Nursing salaries are significantly higher than state averages, and major healthcare employers are frequently in the market for new hires. We’ve profiled below several important local nursing roles.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA) and licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Ann Arbor boasts more than 3,500 CNAs and 600 LPNs. These nurses typically enter the nursing profession through a short certificate course at a local community college. The return on this educational investment can be very attractive: the median salary of an Ann Arbor CNA is over $28,000, while local LPNs earn over $46,000 per year on average.

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Registered nurse (RN)
Two distinct qualification pathways lead to employment as an RN: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) and a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Both pathways conclude with the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination. Ann Arbor’s 8,000+ RNs are well paid, earning an average of $68,000 annually. BSN-educated nurses typically land in the city’s top pay quartile, receiving $79,000 or more in annual pay.

Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN)
An APRN is required to hold a graduate degree. Consequently, only a small number work in Ann Arbor, although they enjoy very high salaries. The city’s 330 nurse practitioners earn a median annual salary of $86,590. The average nurse anesthetist in the area earns even more, almost $170,000 per annum.

Ann Arbor career prospects
A variety of local nursing jobs are available with employers in both the public and private sectors. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has local offices for administering medical care to military veterans. Tenet Healthcare provides healthcare services through its network of private clinics.

To help Ann Arbor’s aspiring nurses launch their education, we have compiled below a list of approved nursing schools and programs in the area.

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Ann Arbor nursing schools by NCLEX score

University of Michigan
400 North Ingalls Street | Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Eastern Michigan University
311 Everett L. Marshall Building | Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Certificate: Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • Graduate Certificate: Teaching in Health Care Systems
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Research Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washtenaw Community College
4800 East Huron River Drive | Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concordia University Ann Arbor
4090 Geddes Road | Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Michigan Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.9% 2011 to 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Eastern Michigan University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.2% 2011 to 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Graduate Certificate: Quality Improvement in Health Care
Graduate Certificate: Teaching in Health Care Systems
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Research Nursing
MSN: Nursing Education
Post-Baccalaureate DNP: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Post-Baccalaureate DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Washtenaw Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2011 to 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concordia University Ann Arbor Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Educator