Prospective nurses may decide to incorporate their Christian faith and values into their education and career. The following article will look at some of the Christian colleges in Michigan that offer degrees in nursing.
Michigan is home to several private colleges that are affiliated with distinct Christian denominations. The following list highlights some of the Christian colleges in Michigan that offer robust nursing programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||In-State Tuition (2017-2018*)|
|Madonna University||4-year, private||Roman Catholic||Livonia, MI||$20,700|
|Calvin College||4-year, private||Christian Reformed Church||Grand Rapids, MI||$33,100|
|Rochester College||4-year, private||Churches of Christ||Rochester Hills, MI||$22,312|
|University of Detroit Mercy||4-year, private||Roman Catholic||Detroit, MI||$41,158|
|Spring Arbor University||4-year, private||Free Methodist||Spring Arbor, MI||$27,750|
Source *National Center for Education Statistics
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Comparing Nursing Programs
Nursing is often compared to ministry because they are both life callings. In order to become a registered nurse, one must earn an accredited diploma, associate degree, or bachelor's degree in nursing and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Bridge programs are available for registered nurses who want to earn a more advanced degree in a shorter amount of time by applying previous credits and experience to the program. Graduate nursing degrees are also available for advanced nurse practitioners, nurse administrators, and nurse educators. These Christian colleges in Michigan offer accredited nursing programs intertwined with faith-based education.
Madonna University offers an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) that seeks to apply previous non-nursing credits toward your degree. The hope is that through online courses and practical experience, students can finish their BSN in as little as 16 months. Simulated labs and real-world clinical practice helps you to hone the skills needed to help patients; Catholic and Franciscan values regarding treatment of both body and spirit are integrated. After completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Madonna University was founded by the Felician Franciscan Sisters and is home to the Franciscan Life faith group that meets weekly throughout the school year for fellowship purposes.
The BSN at Calvin College is a traditional four year program. The first two years of study generally focus on college requirements, such as rhetoric and statistics. Courses may align with pre-nursing, with topics like medical microbiology, cell biology and human anatomy. The third and fourth years center on nursing, with theory courses, strategy courses and practicums in various nursing fields, such as mental health, pregnancy, children, older adults, and community nursing. Calvin College is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church; the school provides 192 chapel services per year for over fifty denominations and hosts the student-led Re-igKnight worship gathering on Saturday nights.
Rochester College's BSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Rochester is a smaller school, with only 1,174 enrolled students. Throughout the program, students can anticipate completing a minimum of 123 credits. The school also offers an RN-BSN bridge program that can be completed in 12 months. Rochester boasts that 100% of nursing students are employed post-graduation. Rochester also has a rich faith-based campus life, offering devotionals, 24-hour prayer the first week of school, a monthly offering, a weekly faith-based coffee happy hour, and community outreach to raise money and awareness.
University of Detroit Mercy
The University of Detroit Mercy offers a BSN and RN-BSN in addition to several graduate degree options, including a master's in nursing education or health systems management, and a doctor of nursing practice with specialization options including family nurse practitioner and gerontology clinical nursing specialist. Many classes are offered online or are web-enhanced. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing has a Detroit Mercy chapter that offers members research grants and scholarships. This is a Catholic-affiliated school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. The university offers weekly services for students and also offers first-year retreat, a two-night community/faith-building retreat experience.
Spring Arbor University
The traditional BSN at Spring Arbor University allows students to start taking nursing courses in their second semester. They also offer an RN-BSN that can be earned partly online in about 20 months, a master's degree in nursing that is entirely online, and an ADN-MSN program for registered nurses with an associate degree seeking a master's degree directly. Spring Arbor University was founded by leaders of the Free Methodist Church; weekly chapel attendance reaches 1,000 attendees. Other faith opportunities include a student-led worship night, professor-led Bible studies, and a variety of outreach ministries.