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Registered nurses (RNs) play a critical role in the healthcare system. Not only do they provide bedside care for patients, but they also shoulder added responsibilities, including administering medication and making critical patient care decisions. RNs have the opportunity to work in leadership positions, supervising certified nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses on their teams. For those interested in such a crucial role, it is important to understand the requirements to become certified.

Training as a registered nurse
To become licensed as a registered nurse, students must enroll in a state-approved program and pass the NCLEX-RN, the licensing examination for registered nurses. Prelicensure programs are available at both the associate’s and bachelor’s degree level in Michigan, which take two and four years respectively to complete. Some institutions that offer associate’s degree programs include Oakland Community College and Baker College (two campuses), while institutions such as the Robert B. Miller College and Hope College offer bachelor’s degree programs in registered nursing.

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Careers as a registered nurse in Michigan
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median wage for registered nurses throughout the state of Michigan is $64,050, with 50 percent of RNs earning between $55,460 and $73,890. Qualified registered nurses are in demand from employers such as the University of Michigan Health System, Beaumont Hospitals, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

To assist those interested in embarking on a career as a registered nurse in Michigan, we have assembled a list of state-approved prelicensure programs across the state.

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Ann Arbor

University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Eastern Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Washtenaw Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Concordia University Ann Arbor
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.9% 2011 to 2013
Eastern Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.2% 2011 to 2013
Washtenaw Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2011 to 2013
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Detroit metro area

Wayne State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Troy
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
Davenport University - Warren
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2013)
St. Clair County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Macomb Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Oakland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2018)
Schoolcraft College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Madonna University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Oakland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Wayne County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
University of Detroit Mercy
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Henry Ford College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Baker College of Allen Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2013)
Baker College of Auburn Hills
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Clinton Township
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lawrence Technological University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Rochester College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Wayne State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.4% 2011 to 2013
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
St. Clair County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.3% 2011 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
Madonna University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.8% 2011 to 2013
Oakland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.7% 2011 to 2013
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
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
Baker College of Auburn Hills
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Clinton Township
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Lawrence Technological University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Rochester College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Flint

University of Michigan - Flint
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Mott Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Baker College of Flint
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Michigan - Flint
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.4% 2011 to 2013
Mott Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.2% 2011 to 2013
Baker College of Flint
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Grand Rapids

Hope College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 99.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Davenport University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Calvin College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Grand Valley State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Grand Rapids Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Montcalm Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Hope College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 99.1% 2011 to 2013
Davenport University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.4% 2011 to 2013
Calvin College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.9% 2011 to 2013
Grand Valley State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.5% 2011 to 2013
Grand Rapids Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.4% 2011 to 2017
Montcalm Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.2% 2011 to 2013

Kalamazoo / Portage area

Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Western Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.7% 2011 to 2013
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2011 to 2013

Lansing / East Lansing area

Michigan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Lansing Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2018)
Davenport University - Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.1% 2011 to 2013
Lansing Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.4% 2011 to Q1-2 2018
Davenport University - Lansing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Michigan cities

Lake Michigan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Monroe County Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Muskegon Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Saginaw Valley State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Jackson College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Delta College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Northern Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Alma College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2018)
Lake Superior State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Glen Oaks Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Southwestern Michigan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
North Central Michigan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Ferris State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Mid Michigan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Kellogg Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Northwestern Michigan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Finlandia University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
West Shore Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Bay College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Kirtland Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Gogebic Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Andrews University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Siena Heights University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2013)
Davenport University - Midland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2013)
Alpena Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2013)
Baker College of Cadillac
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Jackson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Muskegon
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Owosso
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Spring Arbor University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lake Michigan College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.9% 2011 to 2013
Monroe County Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.2% 2011 to 2013
Muskegon Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.8% 2011 to 2013
Saginaw Valley State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.4% 2011 to 2013
Jackson College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.7% 2011 to 2013
Delta College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2011 to 2013
Northern Michigan University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.2% 2011 to 2013
Alma College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2018 to 2018
Lake Superior State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.0% 2011 to 2017
Glen Oaks Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2011 to 2013
Southwestern Michigan College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.1% 2011 to 2013
North Central Michigan College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2011 to 2013
Ferris State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2011 to 2013
Mid Michigan College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2011 to 2013
Kellogg Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2011 to 2013
Northwestern Michigan College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.5% 2011 to 2013
Finlandia University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.4% 2011 to 2013
West Shore Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.1% 2011 to 2013
Bay College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.1% 2011 to 2013
Kirtland Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.8% 2011 to 2013
Gogebic Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.7% 2011 to 2013
Andrews University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.4% 2011 to 2013
Siena Heights University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.0% 2012 to 2013
Davenport University - Midland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72.7% 2012 to 2013
Alpena Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 72.3% 2011 to 2013
Baker College of Cadillac
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Jackson
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Muskegon
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Baker College of Owosso
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Spring Arbor University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing