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The Motor City has a wide range of nursing employment opportunities. Aetna, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, and the Caswood Group are all frequently hiring new nurses to join their teams. These institutions demonstrate the breadth of nursing employment available in Detroit, since each provider specializes in a different area of healthcare.

Nursing roles
Aspiring nurses can become certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs) by completing a certificate program at a local community college. Since these programs are relatively short in duration, CNAs and LPNs typically work under the supervision of more senior registered nurses (RNs). Michigan’s RNs must hold a degree, either a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are the most highly qualified nurses; they must hold a graduate (i.e., master’s or doctor’s) degree for licensure.

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Detroit employment statistics
The Detroit metropolitan area is home to over 40,000 RNs who enjoy a median annual salary of $68,450. The city’s 19,000 CNAs and 6,000 LPNs are also competitively compensated, earning about $27,000 and $47,000 respectively per year. In addition, a small number of APRNs work in highly paid specialist roles. For example, Detroit’s nurse practitioners earn a median annual salary of $92,000, while nurse midwives earn just under $100,000 per year and nurse anesthetists receive almost $170,000 in annual pay.

Below is a list of relevant programs for students interested in pursuing nursing opportunities in Detroit. We hope that aspiring nurses will find this useful.

Featured Schools

Detroit nursing schools by NCLEX score

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 West McNichols Road | Detroit, Michigan 48221
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
Wayne County Community College
801 West Fort Street | Detroit, Michigan 48226
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street | Detroit, Michigan 48202
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • 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
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Detroit Mercy Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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
Wayne County Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing
Wayne State University Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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