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Aspiring nurses can target one of three nursing roles. Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) take a short eight- to ten-week certificate course, typically offered at a local community college. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) complete a longer certificate program of 12-18 months; they must also pass the NCLEX-PN national examination to gain licensure. CNAs and LPNs are usually supervised by the most senior type of nurse, a registered nurse (RN). RNs must hold either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in professional nursing; they must also pass the NCLEX-RN national examination to gain licensure.

Nursing salaries in the Detroit metro area
A significant number of nurses are employed in the Detroit metro area. Approximately 20,000 CNAs and 6,000 LPNs work in the area, in addition to over 40,000 RNs. These nurses earn very competitive pay. The median annual salary for a Detroit-area CNA is $27,000, while that of an LPN is $47,000. Detroit’s registered nurses earn roughly $68,000 per year. Highly qualified advanced practice registered nurses, who hold graduate degrees, can command average salaries of up to $170,000.

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Detroit metro area nursing employers
Tenet Healthcare, which operates a large network of hospitals and clinics, is one of the largest nursing employers in the Detroit metro area. The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, which specializes in cancer treatment services, is a notable local employer for nurses who wish to focus on oncology.

To help those exploring a nursing career in the Detroit metro area, we have compiled below a detailed list of accredited local nursing schools and programs.

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Detroit metro area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Wayne State University
5557 Cass Avenue | Detroit, Michigan 48202
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.4% 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: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Troy
200 Kirts Boulevard, Suite C | Troy, Michigan 48084
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
Davenport University - Warren
27650 Dequindre Road | Warren, Michigan 48092
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Clair County Community College
323 Erie Street | Port Huron, Michigan 48061
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Macomb Community College
44575 Garfield Road | Clinton Township, Michigan 48038
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Oakland Community College
7350 Cooley Lake Road | Waterford, Michigan 48327
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2018)
Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road | Livonia, Michigan 48152
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road | Livonia, Michigan 48150
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
  • Certificate in End-of-Life Care Essentials
  • Certificate in Nursing Home Administration
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Certificate: Hospice and Palliative Studies
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Palliative Care
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Paralegal Certificate
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Oakland University
433 Meadow Brook Road | Rochester, Michigan 48309
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wayne County Community College
8200 West Outer Drive | Detroit, Michigan 48219
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 West McNichols Road | Detroit, Michigan 48221
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Henry Ford College
5101 Evergreen Road | Dearborn, Michigan 48128
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Baker College of Allen Park
4500 Enterprise Drive | Allen Park, Michigan 48101
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2013)
Abcott Institute
16250 Northland Drive, Suite 205 | Southfield, Michigan 48075
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Patient Care Technician Certificate
Baker College of Auburn Hills
1500 University Drive | Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Clinton Township
34950 Little Mack Avenue | Clinton Township, Michigan 48035
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Detroit Business Institute - Downriver
19100 Fort Street | Riverview, Michigan 48193
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Dearborn
18660 Ford Road | Detroit, Michigan 48228
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Madison Heights
31739 John R Road | Madison Heights, Michigan 48071
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Roseville
31450 Gratiot Avenue | Roseville, Michigan 48066
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Southgate
15755 Northline Road | Southgate, Michigan 48195
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Waterford-Pontiac
440 North Telegraph Road | Pontiac, Michigan 48341
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Wayne
35005 West Michigan Avenue | Wayne, Michigan 48184
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lawrence Technological University
21000 West Ten Mile Road | Southfield, Michigan 48075
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Rochester College
800 West Avon Road | Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Wayne State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.4% 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: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Troy Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.1% 2017 to 2017
Davenport University - Warren Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.3% 2012 to 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing
St. Clair County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.3% 2011 to 2017
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.1% 2013 to 2017
Macomb Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2011 to 2017
Oakland Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.7% 2011 to Q1-2 2018
Schoolcraft College Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.2% 2011 to 2013
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Madonna University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.8% 2011 to 2013
Certificate in End-of-Life Care Essentials
Certificate in Nursing Home Administration
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Graduate Certificate: Hospice and Palliative Studies
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Palliative Care
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Paralegal Certificate
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Oakland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2011 to 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Anesthesia
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Wayne County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2011 to 2013
University of Detroit Mercy Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.4% 2011 to 2013
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Henry Ford College Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.8% 2011 to 2013
Baker College of Allen Park Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% 2013 to 2013
Abcott Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Patient Care Technician Certificate
Baker College of Auburn Hills Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Clinton Township Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Detroit Business Institute - Downriver Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dorsey Schools - Dearborn Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Madison Heights Certificate in Practical Nursing
Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Roseville Certificate in Practical Nursing
Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Southgate Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Waterford-Pontiac Patient Care Technician Diploma
Dorsey Schools - Wayne Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lawrence Technological University Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Rochester College Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion