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Michigan Advanced Certified Nurse Programs with Course Info

Research advanced certified nurse programs in Michigan, which currently has roughly 11 colleges offering these programs. Read overviews of the programs and get some quick facts for six Michigan schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Those seeking advanced certified nurse programs in Michigan can find several options available, with graduate certificate and post-master's certificate programs being the most common. Such programs are geared toward current licensed nurses and can prepare them to become nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists, as well as other specialists, like nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives. Graduates are usually prepared to take certification exams that vary depending on the specialty, such as the nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist exams offered from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition to advanced nursing coursework, clinical internships are required for some programs.


Michigan State University

Michigan State University in East Lansing offers a clinical nurse specialist graduate certificate as well as a nurse practitioner graduate certificate. The clinical nurse specialist certificate program prepares registered nurses who have already earned a master's degree in nursing to take the Clinical Nurse Specialist certification exam given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Courses include pathophysiology, clinical decision making, care for aging individuals, applied pharmacology and physical assessment. There is also an internship and immersion module. The nurse practitioner graduate certificate program prepares registered nurses who have already completed a nursing master's degree to take the nurse practitioner certification exam from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

  • Programs Offered: Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduate Certificate
    Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014): $14,910 (in-state), $29,286 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University, located in Marquette, offers a family nurse practitioner program for those nurses who already have a nursing master's degree but want to obtain a family nurse practitioner specialty. The program takes approximately three years to complete, and those who successfully finish the program are eligible to take the national and state certification exams for family nurse practitioners.

  • Program Offered: Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014): $7,481 (in-state), $10,481 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; remote town

Oakland University

Located in Rochester, Oakland University offers three advanced nursing certifications. The post-master's certificate in adult/gerontological nurse practitioner prepares nurses who want to specialize in advanced care for adult and elderly patients. The post-master's certificate in family nurse practitioner prepares nurses to be primary care providers for a wide variety of clients. The post-master's certificate in nurse anesthesia prepares practicing nurses for advanced positions providing anesthesia to patients. The anesthesia program requires completing internships to be eligible to take the certification exam leading to the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (CRNA) designation.

  • Programs Offered: Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
    Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
    Nurse-Anesthesia Post-Master's Certificate
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014): $14,820 (in-state), $24,648 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large suburb

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit offers a 2-year post-master's certificate in adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist for those who are already practicing nurses. This program requires coursework in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced physical assessment, as well as 500 hours of clinical practicum experience. Completion of the program allows students to sit for the Adult Health or Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist certification via the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

  • Program Offered: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master's Certificate
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014): $24,930*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private nonprofit; large city

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan offers a wide variety of post-graduate certified nurse programs. Certificate programs offered include the post-master's adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, post-master's adult-gerontology acute care clinical nurse specialist, post-master's acute care pediatric nurse practitioner, post-master's acute care pediatric nurse specialist and post-master's adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, as well as post-master's certificates in family nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife and primary care pediatric nurse practitioner. Based on courses already taken by the student, these programs will require anywhere from twelve to forty-five credits to complete.

  • Programs Offered: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Post-Master's Certificate
    Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master's Certificate
    Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
    Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Specialist Post-Master's Certificate
    Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
    Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
    Nurse-Midwife Post-Master's Certificate
    Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014): $19,792 (in-state), $39,798 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

Wayne State University

Wayne State University, in Detroit, offers eight different graduate certificate programs in nursing. Options include graduate certificate programs in nursing education, nurse-midwifery and women's health nursing. For those specializing in pediatrics, Wayne State offers a graduate certificate in pediatric acute care nursing and a graduate certificate in pediatric primary care nursing.

There are also graduate certificate programs in psychiatric mental health nursing, complementary therapies in healthcare and adult acute care nursing. Students can expect to complete both didactic and clinical components for each program, except for the nursing education program, and all of the programs prepare students to sit for corresponding certification examinations.

  • Programs Offered: Nursing Education Graduate Certificate
    Nurse-Midwifery Graduate Certificate
    Women's Health Nursing Graduate Certificate
    Pediatric Acute Care Nursing Graduate Certificate
    Pediatric Primary Care Nursing Graduate Certificate
    Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Graduate Certificate
    Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Graduate Certificate
    Adult Acute Care Nursing Graduate Certificate
  • Avg. Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014): $14,848 (in-state), $30,356 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Avg. Graduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)
Michigan State University 4-year, public; small city Clinical Nurse Specialist Graduate Certificate,
Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
$14,910 (in-state), $29,286 (out-of-state)*
Northern Michigan University 4-year, public; remote town Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate $7,481 (in-state), $10,481 (out-of-state)*
Oakland University 4-year, public; large suburb Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate,
Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
$14,820 (in-state), $24,648 (out-of-state)*
University of Detroit Mercy 4-year, private nonprofit; large city Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master's Certificate $24,930*
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 4-year, public; midsize city Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Post-Master's Certificate,
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-Master's Certificate,
Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate,
Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Specialist Post-Master's Certificate,
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate,
Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate,
Nurse-Midwife Post-Master's Certificate,
Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
$19,792 (in-state), $39,798 (out-of-state)*
Wayne State University 4-year, public; large city Nursing Education Graduate Certificate,
Nurse-Midwifery Graduate Certificate,
Women's Health Nursing Graduate Certificate,
Pediatric Acute Care Nursing Graduate Certificate,
Pediatric Primary Care Nursing Graduate Certificate,
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Graduate Certificate,
Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Graduate Certificate,
Adult Acute Care Nursing Graduate Certificate
$14,848 (in-state), $30,356 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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