Multiple studies have shown that the demand for qualified nurses is growing and this trend isn’t about to end anytime soon; specifically for well-trained registered nurses with a degree. In fact, the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) predicts that job opportunities for RNs will grow 26% through 2020, adding over 700,000 jobs to the workforce. This predicted job growth is much higher than that of most other occupations.
Whether you are starting from scratch or already working in the healthcare field as a nurse, there are plenty of nursing programs in Michigan to choose from to get you where you want to be. The Michigan Board of Nursing lists over 73 universities and colleges offering nursing programs. That’s a lot of nursing schools to choose from, and that is why we have compiled a list of the top ten best nursing schools in Michigan.
The top 10 nursing schools in Michigan below have undergraduate degrees, graduate level programs and certificate programs, all of which prepare graduates to take various national nurse licensing/certification exams and obtain state licenses.
The University of Detroit Mercy is a private school, which is faith-based (catholic). UDM’s McAuley School of Nursing provides top-notch training and skill-building for nurses through excellent nursing faculty, administrators who pride themselves on providing students an incredibly efficient and well-rounded nursing education. Its nursing program offerings include: BSN – Traditional Track, Second Degree BSN, RN to BSN Completion Program, MSN, DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificates. These programs are accredited by the CCNE and approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. A number of programs are available online, and students can take classes full-time or part-time. Employers report high satisfaction with McAuley School of Nursing graduates who earn a minimum average starting salary of $40,000. 100% of graduates have jobs upon graduation or are enrolled in graduate school. UDM’s McAuley School of Nursing has a low student to faculty ratio of 14:1, with more than half of undergraduate classes having 5-19 students assuring an amazing level of personal attention. The master’s students/full-time faculty ratio is 2:1, and there are 28 full-time faculty members (tenured or tenure-track).
Full-time undergraduate tuition is $38,626 for 2 terms, while that for master’s programs at the school is $894 per credit.
Wayne State University is a public school offering nearly 400 academic programs from 13 schools and colleges. Wayne State University College of Nursing is well-reputed and regionally, nationally and internationally recognized for providing top-notch nursing education to both undergraduates and graduates allowing them to become distinguished practitioners and scholars who provide leadership for the profession. It offers: traditional BSN, second degree BSN, MSN, PhD, DNP, and graduate certificates. These programs have been approve and accredited by the Michigan Board of Nursing and the CCNE. Wayne State University nursing program ranks among the top 5 in Michigan and in the top 100 in the US. In 2041, the total fall enrollment in the Wayne State University College of Nursing was 601 students. The school has 28 full-time faculty members (tenured or tenure-track), and a master’s students/full-time faculty ratio of 2:1.
Tuition for the master’s programs at the school is $894 per credit (full-time).
University of Michigan (U of M) is a public school, and the first American university to establish a university hospital in their campus in 1861; so medical and nursing degrees in the university have a rich history. U of M School of Nursing provides innovative, high quality academic programs in the already well-established medical school under the university. These include: BSN – traditional program, accelerated second career BSN program, MSN programs, DNP, and PhD in nursing. The school ranks among the top graduate nursing programs on the US News&World Report rankings. A number of its master’s specialty programs earned top 10 rankings on the publication’s rankings for 2016. It is actually considered the best nursing program in Michigan and ranks in the top 50 in the nation, overall. U of M School of Nursing boasts of more than 12,500 living alumni. It has 34 full-time faculty members (tenured or tenure-track), with the master’s students/full-time faculty ratio being 5:1. The tuition rate charged is based upon a student’s individual nursing program, number of credits registered for, and their residency.
Annual full-time tuition for the master’s programs at the school is about $19,980 (in-state) and $41,130 (out-of-state).
The Michigan State University College of Nursing is a public school offering nurse education programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. These include: BSN – traditional, accelerated second degree in nursing, BSN for registered nurses, MSN programs, PhD in nursing and continuing education courses. These programs are fully approved and accredited. The school accepts about 120 BSN students each academic year with 80 students being admitted in the fall and the rest (40) being admitted in the spring. It receives 2-3 times the amount of applications per available program seat (for BSN). MSU College of Nursing currently enrolls approximately 200 graduate students in the MSN program with 31 students enrolled in the anesthesia concentration. The college is ranked in the top 8% of graduate programs in the nation by the US News&World Report. MSU has 25 undergraduate and undergraduate programs ranked in the top 20 nationally by the publication. There were 22 full-time faculty members at MSU College of Nursing, translating to a master’s students/full-time faculty ratio of 5:1.
Full-time tuition and fees for undergraduate programs (2015-16) are: $13,612 (in-state) and $36,412 (out-of-state) per year. Full-time tuition for the master’s programs at the school is $646 per credit and $1,269 per credit.
Andrews University is a private school, which is specifically a deeply rooted Christian university of the seventh day Adventist denomination. The Department of Nursing at Andrews University offers a range of nurse education programs that are taught within a spiritual framework and through a dedicated, specialized faculty. These include: BSN – Pre licensure program, BSN – Completion for RNs, MSN, and post-master’s: nursing certificate program. These programs are fully approved and accredited by the Michigan Board of Nursing and the NLNAC. Master’s degrees and certificates require a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.60 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses), but students who don’t meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply. Total enrollment at the school is 1,700 students. Andrews University nursing program is ranked No. 14 in Michigan and No. 475 in the United States.
Estimated tuition and fees are: $19,940 per year.
Eastern MichiganUniversity in Ypsilanti is a public school offering nursing programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. All programs are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited by the CCNE. They include: BSN, RN to BS completion program, second degree – BSN program, and MSN programs. The school ranks No. 8 in Michigan and No. 239 in the US. It accepts 80 traditional BSN students and 32 second degree students to start every Fall semester. For the RN to BSN completion program, the school accepts groups of 25 at a time; but they have occasionally enrolled as many as 40 at one site. The number of MSN students admitted each year usually depends on the available classroom space. Typically, the MSN program at Eastern Michigan University School of Nursing admits 20-25 students, but could take as many as 35 each fall. These low enrollment numbers ensure smaller class sizes for optima personal attention and additional instructional help for students.
Undergraduate program fees (course level: 300 – 499) for 2015–16 academic year were: $85.15.
Ferris State University is a public school that boasts of a network of 19 satellite campuses all over Michigan in addition to the main campus located in Big Rapids. Its College of Health Professions School of Nursing is, without a doubt, one of the top 10 nursing schools in Michigan. It ranks No. 9 in Michigan and No. 282 in the US. The school offers: BSN – Pre-licensure program, RN to BSN Completion program, RN to MSN accelerated program, and MSN program. The BSN pre-licensure program for RNs is offered on-campus in Big Rapids, while the RN to BSN completion program is offered fully online and on a hybrid format. The MSN program, RN to MSN accelerated track, and nursing education certificate are all offered fully online. Ferris State University School of Nursing has 5 full-time graduate faculty members who are either tenured or tenure-track. The master’s students/full-time faculty ratio is 7:1.
Full-time tuition for the master’s programs at the school is $522 per credit (in-state) and $768 per credit (out-of-state).
Grand Valley State University is a public school. Its Kirkhof College of Nursing offers a range of nursing programs, including: traditional BSN program, second degree BSN, RN to BSN completion program, RN to MSN, MSN and DNP program. The school ranks among the top five in Michigan and No. 130 in the United States (best-nursing-colleges.com). Its nursing program has been ranked among the best graduate programs in the nation by US News&World Report. The publication ranked Grand Valley University No. 26 in the regional universities (Midwest) tier 1 category for 2014 and No. 3 in the top public regional universities in the Midwest category. The Kirkhov School of Nursing has 26 full-time faculty members who are either tenured or tenure-track.
Full-time tuition for the master’s programs at the school is $614 per credit (in-state) and $804 per credit (out-of-state).
Madonna University is a private school and one of the best places to study nursing. It was founded in 1937 by the Felician Sisters of Livonia, and its programs exemplify the university’s Catholic and Franciscan values and commitment to serving the community. Some of the programs offered at Madonna University’s College of Nursing and Health include: BSN, RN to BSN completion program, RN to MSN accelerated track, MSN, DNP and post-master’s certificates. The school has state-of-the-art nursing simulation labs and partners with local healthcare facilities to provide outstanding clinical experiences for students. It celebrated 50 years of nursing education in 2013, having produced over 4000 nurses who call the University their alma mater. Madonna University College of Nursing and Health is ranked No. 3 in Michigan and in the top 50 in the United States (best-nursing-colleges.com). It has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, which ensures personal attention in small classes. 98% of students from the school get employment within one year of graduating.
Undergraduate tuition: $17,390 for 30 credits, room and board extra. Full-time tuition for the master’s programs at the school is $640 per credit.
Northern Michigan University, a public school, offers many disciplines along with nursing majors. The university nursing programs offered at the NMU School of Nursing include: BSN, LPN to BSN program, RN to BSN, MSN and certificate programs. Time for completion is: 4 years for BSN, 129 credit hours for RN-BSN, 129 credit hours for LPN-BSN, 45 credit hours and 720 clinical practice hours for MSN, and 46 credit hours for practical nursing certificate. Approximately 40-50 spaces are available in each class, which translates to around 200 students enrolled per semester in all classes. NMU School of Nursing ranks No. 16 in Michigan and No. 586 in the US (best-nursing-colleges.com). Its master’s programs in nursing are ranked among the top 20% in the nation by the US News&World Report.
Annual tuition, fees & living expenses (2012-2013) were $17,113 for MI residents and $22,009 for non-residents.
Reference and Other Sources
- Michigan NVLEX pass rates : http://www.michigan.gov/
- 2016 Best Nursing Schools : http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-nursing-schools
- Accreditted schools : http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation
- Schools, Colleges Statistic : https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/