Annie Etheridge was born in Detroit and known for her work as a nurse during the American Civil War. She was inspired to enter the field of nursing after caring for her sick father and inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

Etheridge’s nursing career has encouraged many Michiganders to become nurses and enjoy fulfilling careers in a variety of settings including hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, schools, and patient homes.

Best Nursing Schools in Michigan

In Michigan, there are 55 schools currently offering nursing degree programs. Here at NursingDegrees.com, we’ve used data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System or IPEDS to compile two separate rankings of the best nursing schools in the Wolverine State. While one ranking is for undergraduate students, the other one is designed for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in nursing.

These rankings can provide prospective nurses with useful information such as the tuition and acceptance rate of Michigan nursing programs so they can make an informed decision on which school to attend. For more information on our ranking methodology, please visit the bottom of this page. Here are our undergraduate and graduate rankings for the best nursing schools in Michigan:

01
Madonna University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
4
Undergraduate tuition
$19,500
Undergraduate graduation rate
58%
Undergraduate retention rate
84%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
96%
02
Jackson College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$4,680
Undergraduate graduation rate
13%
Undergraduate retention rate
100%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
89%
03
Wayne State University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$11,821
Undergraduate graduation rate
39%
Undergraduate retention rate
82%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
95%
04
West Shore Community College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$3,840
Undergraduate graduation rate
30%
Undergraduate retention rate
66%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
81%
05
Northwestern Michigan College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$6,159
Undergraduate graduation rate
15%
Undergraduate retention rate
94%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
79%
06
Lake Superior State University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$10,824
Undergraduate graduation rate
41%
Undergraduate retention rate
72%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
96%
07
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$14,982
Undergraduate graduation rate
91%
Undergraduate retention rate
97%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
64%
08
Southwestern Michigan College
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Undergraduate tuition
$4,658
Undergraduate graduation rate
24%
Undergraduate retention rate
57%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
91%
09
Ferris State University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$11,144
Undergraduate graduation rate
43%
Undergraduate retention rate
75%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
95%
10
Eastern Michigan University
Number of undergraduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Undergraduate tuition
$9,690
Undergraduate graduation rate
41%
Undergraduate retention rate
75%
Percent of undergrad students awarded financial aid
97%
01
Wayne State University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
20
Graduate Tuition
$14,746
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
02
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
10
Graduate Tuition
$21,466
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
1
03
Madonna University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
8
Graduate Tuition
$13,410
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
04
Spring Arbor University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Graduate Tuition
$6,927
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
1
05
Northern Michigan University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
2
Graduate Tuition
$7,904
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
06
Ferris State University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
1
Graduate Tuition
$7,046
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
1
07
Oakland University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
7
Graduate Tuition
$16,338
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
08
University of Detroit Mercy
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
5
Graduate Tuition
$27,666
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
2
09
Saginaw Valley State University
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
5
Graduate Tuition
$12,869
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
0
10
University of Michigan-Flint
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered
3
Graduate Tuition
$9,959
Number of graduate-level nursing programs offered through distance education
2

Nursing Accreditation in Michigan

The importance of attending an accredited nursing school should not be overlooked by prospective nurses in Michigan. Attending an accredited school may qualify a nursing student for financial aid, make it possible for them to transfer credits, and give them a competitive advantage in the job market. A few of the nursing school accreditation agencies in Michigan include:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Michigan Board of Nursing

Michigan Nursing Licensure

LPNs in Michigan are required to complete an LPN certificate or degree program, use the Michigan Professional Licensing User System (MiPLUS) to apply for a license, and pass the NCLEX-PN exam. RNs must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN), apply for licensure through the MiPLUS, and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

Many RNs decide to take their career to the next level by becoming NPs. NPs must earn a graduate degree in nursing and pass a national certification that is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. For more information on Michigan nursing licensure, please visit LARA.

To retain a nursing license in Michigan, LPNs and RNs are required to complete 25 hours of continuing education every two years. Two of these hours must be related to pain and symptom management and there is a one time training requirement for identifying victims of human trafficking. NPs must maintain their national certification requirements.

Michigan Nursing Organizations

There are various nursing organizations that can be valuable resources to Michigan nurses. Several of the most noteworthy ones include:

  • Michigan Nurses Association (MNA):

    MNA is known as the largest and most effective union for registered nurses in Michigan. Collective bargaining allows nurses in this organization to be involved in important decisions that relate to their practice.

  • Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP):

    MICNP is designed to promote the role of nurse practitioners and use educational programming and policy development to improve NP practice at the state and federal level.

  • Michigan League for Nursing (MLN):

    MLN serves as a voice and forum for conversation for nursing educators, practice clinicians, and the public on nursing education and care in Michigan.

Hospitals in Michigan

A hospital is a great place for an entry-level nurse to gain valuable experience in their industry and provide quality care to a variety of patients. Fortunately, there are several reputable hospitals in Michigan that are always searching for nurses to add to their team. The three largest hospitals in the state include:

  1. Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital (Grand Rapids): Since its inception in 1873, Spectrum Health Butterworth, the flagship hospital for Spectrum Health Medical Center, has built a reputation of excellence in care, diagnostics, treatment, prevention, and education.
  2. Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak (Royal Oak): Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak opened its doors in 1955. It is now a leading academic and referral center with Level 1 adult trauma and Level II pediatric trauma status.
  3. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (Ann Arbor): University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers has been known for its compassionate patient care, innovation, and advancement in medical education since the mid-1800s. This hospital is committed to using discovery to create the future of healthcare.
Sources & Methodology

Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked 6,758 United States institutions with two different methodologies, in order to create two different lists: our undergraduate list and our graduate list. Final data for the 2016-17 school year was used for these rankings. (Schools that did not provide data for all 11 criteria were disqualified from the ranking.)

The 11 criteria for the undergraduate school ranking were as follows:

  1. Number of associate-level degree programs offered to nursing-related majors
  2. Number of associate-level nursing-related degree programs offered via distance education
  3. Variety of associate-level nursing-related degree programs offered
  4. Tuition
  5. Retention rate
  6. Graduation rate
  7. Average amount of federal grant aid awarded to full-time first-time undergraduates
  8. Percent of full-time first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
  9. Credit offerings (Military, Dual, Life Experience, AP)
  10. Services (Career Counseling, Placement Services)
  11. Availability of tuition plans (Guaranteed, Prepaid, Payment, Other)

The graduate school ranking scored schools based on 9 criteria, different from the undergraduate list. These 9 criteria were as follows:

  1. Number of master’s-level degree programs offered to nursing-related majors
  2. Number of master’s-level nursing-related degree programs offered via distance education
  3. Variety of master’s-level nursing-related degree programs offered
  4. Tuition
  5. Retention rate
  6. Graduation rate
  7. Credit offerings (Military, Dual, Life Experience, AP)
  8. Services (Career Counseling, Placement Services)
  9. Availability of tuition plans (Guaranteed, Prepaid, Payment, Other)

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

 

Sources

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2018, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  2. American Hospital Directory, Accessed July 2018,https://www.ahd.com/
  3. Beaumont Hospital, Accessed July 2018,https://www.beaumont.org/locations/beaumont-hospital-royal-oak
  4. Michigan Nurses Associatio

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