Michigan Colleges Providing LPN Programs
Practical nurses assist patients with everyday functions, take vital signs and administer medications. Training programs for aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are typically found at community colleges as certificate programs that combine general education coursework with nursing classes and clinical experiences. LPN program graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
Learn about the LPN programs found at two Michigan colleges. Get details about coursework as well as program duration. More facts about these schools are found in the table below.
- Lansing Community College, located minutes from downtown Lansing, one of the state's largest cities, offers a 1-year LPN program.
- The main campus of Grand Rapids Community College is located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan. GRCC offers a practical nursing certificate program for LPNs.
Comparison of Schools
Those seeking to enter an LPN program should consider all factors of a school to determine if it meets their needs. Read below to get an idea of each school's student population, retention and graduation rates, tuition rates and more.
|Lansing Community College||Grand Rapids Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||12,882*||14,269*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$3,470 (in-district)
$6,560 (in state)
| $3,487 (in-district)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||77%*||67%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||100% (open admissions)*||100% (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate (2016 to 2017)||64%*||57%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who began in Fall 2014)||18%*||14%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College is the third largest community college in Michigan in terms of enrollment. The practical nurse certificate and associate's degree in nursing programs are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.
Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing
The nursing classes in this program provide instruction in basic nursing care for a variety of individuals, such as the elderly, in addition to training in working with other medical professionals. The curriculum also includes a course in psychology, writing and health. Practical nursing students must maintain their Basic Life Support Certification while in the program, and LPNs may continue their studies to earn associate's degrees in nursing.
Grand Rapids Community College
The main campus of Grand Rapids Community College is located in downtown Grand Rapids near Medical Mile. This program, which is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing, may have a waiting period before enrollment.
Practical Nursing Certificate
The practical nursing certificate program at GRCC consists of a pre-nursing semester and two semesters of nursing coursework. Admission requirements for this program include a high school or college GPA of 2.0 or higher, passing scores on the HESI exam and a background check. Students are admitted into the program based on their 'ready date' and are encouraged to focus on prerequisites for the program while waiting for admission.