Michigan Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide
The following guide contains essential information, including several profiles of specific undergraduate and graduate programs, of nursing programs available to students in the state of Michigan. Michigan’s colleges and universities confer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing in a variety of concentrations: nurse anesthesia, adult acute and critical care, neonatal, women’s health, nurse midwifery, adult primary care, gerontology, and psychiatric/mental health. An increasingly popular alternative to earning a traditional nursing degree is to enroll in an online university, such as Western Governors University, that features an online bachelor’s or master’s in nursing program.
Michigan School Facts:
- 38 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
- 24 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
- 15 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
- Highest graduation rate*: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor 91%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate*: Western Michigan University 32%.1
- Highest net price*: Calvin College $24,745.1
- Lowest net price*: University of Michigan – Flint $9,494.1
- Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Michigan with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $10,320 – $39,122.2
- 4 schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (6), Michigan State University (36), Wayne State University (50), and University of Michigan–Flint (99).
*For 4-year colleges and universities with nursing degree programs.
Following are several profiles of the many bachelor’s and master’s in nursing programs offered at Michigan’s colleges and universities.
Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Michigan
The University of Michigan’s four-year, 128 credit nursing program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Nursing majors complete a mixture of general college courses and core and elective nursing classes to fulfill degree requirements. Nursing coursework encompasses nursing care of patients with complex needs, leadership and management, childbearing and reproductive health, and health promotion and risk reduction. Academically gifted students may want to apply for the Honors Program. Students in the Honors Program may participate in a student mentorship program, engage in research with faculty members, and attend seminars exclusively for honors students. Nursing majors may also expand their worldview and experience by studying abroad.
Ferris State University
Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Ferris State University must first complete pre-nursing requirements in science, math, and English. The nursing curriculum generally spans two years and covers such topics as nursing theory, epidemiology and statistics, pharmacology, and leadership in nursing. Labs complement coursework by allowing nursing majors to have hands-on experience in a supervised laboratory setting. Students must also complete internships at affiliated facilities, including Munson Medical Center, Spectrum Health, and Central Michigan District Health Department. The traditional BSN program is competitive with only 64 students accepted each year.
Master’s in Nursing Programs in Michigan
Michigan State University
Michigan State University affords students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist and nursing education, or nurse anesthesia. The nurse practitioner concentration operates in a hybrid format with students completing courses online and in the classroom. Practicums are mandatory and take place at partner facilities throughout the state. The clinical nurse specialist and nursing education programs are offered entirely online, although students will have to fulfill practicum requirements in a local medical facility. Students pursuing the nurse anesthesia concentration must do so on a full-time basis and must attend classes on campus.
Wayne State University
Graduate students at Wayne State University may pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of nine concentrations: adult acute and critical care, women’s health, nurse midwifery, adult primary care, gerontological, community health, pediatric, neonatal, and psychiatric/mental health. Students must take between 37 and 47 credits, depending on the concentration, to fulfill degree requirements. Core requirements generally cover such diverse topics as health economics, policy and professional issues for advanced practice nurses, and theoretical foundations for advanced practice. Candidates must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), must have a current Michigan registered nurse’s license, and must provide three references.
Online Nursing Programs in Michigan
University of Michigan at Flint
The University of Michigan at Flint affords students the convenience of earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) entirely online. The RN to BSN Completion Program requires students to be licensed registered nurses before they begin the core nursing requirements. However, students may begin completing general college coursework and nursing foundation classes prior to becoming licensed. Students can complete the program entirely online or, if they choose, may also take courses on campus. The RN to BSN program allows students to test out of three required courses: pharmacology for RNs, nutrition, and pathophysiology for RNs. The University of Michigan at Flint also confers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). The accelerated MSN program is completed entirely online with graduate students being required on campus between six and eight times during the 16-month, full-time program. Graduate students typically receive funding through grants to pay for educational costs incurred during the program. Graduate students begin the program in the fall with the cohort limited to 16 students. Successful candidates must possess a BSN and be a licensed, registered nurse.
I attended Davenport Midland Campus for my degree in nursing. I completed my Degree by doing the 2 year round nursing program. I loved Davenport. The instructors were all experienced nurses. They were very knowledgeable and helpful. The program made me feel like I was part of a family. The instructors prepared us very well for taking our state boards. All of the members of my class passed on the first attempt. Because of Davenport I was able to get a job nursing within a month of passing the NCLEX exam. I would highly recommend Davenport for anyone pursuing a degree in nursing.” – Student at Davenport University
My experience at Madonna has been excellent. I really enjoy my classes. I am in my first nursing semester. I am taking a full course load. The teachers at Madonna are great. They teach well and help me when I am in need. I am looking forward to next semester because I will be doing clinicals. I really want to be a nurse and I know Madonna will get me where I want to go. Madonna is a located right off the freeway, which makes it extremely accessible. Furthermore, I really like the small class sizes. I really feel like I am just not a number. My professors know me and I know them. Overall, Madonna is a great university. I highly recommend it.” – Student at Madonna University
I felt most of the professors [at Oakland University] were very good at communicating information in a way that can be easily understood. One thing I disliked about the program was having to take classes like ‘Nursing Informatics’ in which we learned about the technology and computer interfaces we would be using as a nurse. I thought that this class was a huge waste of my time simply because 95% of people in a nursing program these days can easily figure out how to work the various programs we will encounter, plus, we all get on the job training in the programs when we get hired. I also disliked the inconsistency in the way clinical instructors graded our performance in certain clinical rotations. Now, this wasn’t always an issue, but once or twice the instructor graded my group much harder than other instructors graded their groups. For the first half of the program I felt like there was a ridiculous amount of work and studying to be done, however by the last semester I felt that the course load was definitely reduced, and because I already knew most of the information, the work I did have to do wasn’t hard to accomplish.” – Student at Oakland University
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: http://college.niche.com/search/t-traditional/sm1-nursing/d-bachelor/st-mi/