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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.

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Licensed practical nurses
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
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.

Featured Schools

Kalamazoo / Portage area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
6767 West O Avenue | Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue | Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Western Michigan University Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion