There are multiple schools in Michigan with programs that educate aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The institutions include several 2-year community colleges and two universities. Michigan students can enroll in certificate or diploma programs that prepare them for licensure. They must complete classroom training and receive hands-on education through laboratory and clinical courses.
Davenport University has a diploma program in practical nursing at its Midland and Warren campuses. The 47-credit program includes general foundation courses in biology, algebra, psychology and English composition as well as health professional foundation courses in computer use and the basics of healthcare careers. Students learn about the fundamentals of clinical nursing and study critical thinking, nutrition, and pharmacology. They get classroom and clinical training in mother/child nursing and adult nursing.
The practical nursing certificate program at Delta College in University Center calls for 42 to 44 credit hours of classroom and clinical courses. The clinical portion of the program requires three semesters of full-time study. Students must complete core courses including human anatomy, pharmacology, medical terminology, math and composition before beginning the clinical program. The nursing program includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience in nursing fundamentals, adult nursing and mother/child nursing.
Grand Rapids Community College
In Grand Rapids, practical nursing students at Grand Rapids Community College can earn a certificate in four semesters, including a summer. During a pre-nursing semester, students study physiology, anatomy, nursing fundamentals, English composition and psychology. There may be a one- to two-year wait for admission to the nursing portion of the program. During the three semesters of nursing studies, courses include psychosocial issues, role adjustment, family nursing, and medical-surgical nursing.
Admission to the practical nursing program at Jackson College in Jackson is competitive and hinges on the student's ranking through a point system as well as the score on a pre-admission health services aptitude exam and completion of prerequisite courses that include nutrition, anatomy, and pharmacology. Once admitted to the practical nursing program, the student will begin in March and continue through three semesters to finish in May. The program totals 50 credits, including general education courses in math and English composition. The practical nursing curriculum includes courses in medical terminology and the role of the practical nurse as well as clinical nursing experiences.
Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College in Lansing allows students to earn a certificate in practical nursing through a two-year program, a three-year program or an accelerated second-degree program that students with bachelor's degrees can complete in six months after fulfilling prerequisite requirements. Admission to the nursing program is selective, and prerequisite courses including anatomy, physiology, healthy lifestyles, and English composition are required. Students can meet other nursing students and promote wellness through community and on-campus projects by joining the college chapter of the Student Nurses Association.
Northern Michigan University
Admission is limited to the one-year practical nursing certificate program at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. Students are admitted according to their grades in prerequisite courses and must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) to remain in the program. Prerequisite courses include role development, anatomy, nutrition, and pharmacology. Students complete lecture and clinical courses in nursing fundamentals, mother/child nursing, and medical surgical nursing.
Oakland Community College
Oakland Community College offers a practical nursing certificate program at its Southfield campus. Admission requirements include completing prerequisite courses in microbiology, nutrition, physiology, psychology, and English composition. Major requirements include courses in pharmacology and foundations of nursing. Students gain practical skills in nursing for adults and children through clinical/lab courses.
At Schoolcraft College in Livonia, students who complete the 47-credit hour practical nursing program receive a certificate and can enter the school's associate degree program in nursing without further admission requirements. Nursing informatics, psychology, and anatomy are the prerequisite courses for the practical nursing program. The nursing program covers the fall and winter semester, plus one course in the spring and another in the summer. Nursing courses include mother/child nursing, pharmacology, and surgical nursing. Students practice skills in the lab and gain clinical experience in healthcare facilities.
Practical nurses in Michigan are licensed by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Professions, Board of Nursing. They must complete a practical nursing program approved by the state and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) within two years of completing that program. A criminal background check is required. The programs at the featured schools are all approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and meet state requirements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||LPN Certificates and Diplomas Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Davenport University||Four-year; private not-for-profit; large suburb||Practical Nursing Diploma||$18,414*|
|Delta College||Two-year; public; rural||Practical Nurse - Advanced Certificate|| $4,010 in-district;
|Grand Rapids Community College||Two-year; public; midsize city||Practical Nursing Certificate|| $3,833 in-district;
|Jackson College||Four-year; primarily associate's; public; rural||Practical Nursing Certificate|| $6,298 in-district;
|Lansing Community College||Two-year; public; midsize city||Practical Nurse Certificate of Achievement|| $3,530 in-district;
|Northern Michigan University||Four-year; public; town||Practical Nursing Certificate|| $10,729 in-state;
|Oakland Community College||Two-year; public; large suburb||Modified Career Ladder Practical Nurse Education (PNE) Certificate|| $2,408 in-district;
|Schoolcraft College||Four-year; primarily associate's, public; small city||Practical Nursing Certificate|| $3,850 in-district;
Source: *NCES College Navigator.