While Michigan has more than 20 school options, including for-profits, this article profiles the state's seven largest 2-year public schools. Many programs culminate in an undergraduate certificate of completion. Students learn through a combination of classroom training, lab work and clinical experiences. Courses cover medical terminology, first aid, patient care and client relations. Programs vary in length depending on the school, ranging from several weeks up to a year to complete. A background check is often required for program entry.
Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College educates approximately 16,030 students. The school offers a certificate program that prepare students to work as a nurse aide in a long-term care facility. The program includes a total of five credit hours of instruction and takes place over a 3-week period. Instruction covers how to promote patient independence and provide personal care. The program includes a clinical experience.
Michigan Career and Technical Institute
The Michigan Career and Technical Institute in Plainwell offers a Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate of Completion program. Students learn nursing techniques in a lab environment and through a clinical experience. Instruction covers medical documentation, equipment and terminology.
Mott Community College
Mott Community College is based in Flint. The college administers a Nurse Aide Preparation Alternative Training Program through its Health Sciences Division. Applicants need to submit to a background check prior to enrolling. The program includes four credit hours of coursework in nurse aide principles and procedures and four clinical experience contact hours.
North Central Michigan College
Petoskey's North Central Michigan College enrolls approximately 2,600 students and offers a Certified Nurse Aide Certificate of Development. This 18-credit-hour certificate program requires a background check and prepares graduates to work in doctor's offices, long-term care facilities and hospitals. Its curriculum includes labs, lectures and clinical experiences. Instruction covers topics like customer service skills, medical terminology, psychology and certified nurse aide training.
Situated in Livonia, Schoolcraft College offers a Nursing Assistant Preparation Course that consists of 10 credit hours of study. The program lasts seven weeks and also includes a clinical experience. Students in the program may elect to complete an additional two courses in biology and humanities to earn a Nursing Assistant Training Program Skills Certificate. A background check is required.
Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College is based in Ann Arbor and educates about 12,300 students. The college offers a 3-week program leading to a Certificate of Completion in Nursing Assistant Skills Training. It involves a background check and includes four credit hours of study.
West Shore Community College
Situated in Scottville, this college allows students to pursue a Nurse Assistant Certificate and an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Nurse Assistant. The certificate program requires one year of study, and the associate's degree program takes two years of study to complete. Classes common to both programs include sociology, medical terminology, nurse assistant and first aid. The associate's degree program includes coursework in abnormal psychology and interpersonal communications; general education subjects are covered as well. Students must undergo a background check before participating in the clinical experience.
Michigan requires all nurse aides to be included on a registry. To be placed on the registry, an individual must complete a training program and pass written and clinical skills tests. Once the tests are passed, applicants receive a 2-year certificate that qualifies them to work as a certified nurse aide (CNA). Read on to learn about the various nurse aide training programs in Michigan that prepare students to take the exams required for inclusion on the registry.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Nurse Aide Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Lansing Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Certificate of Completion in Long-Term Care Nurse Aide,||$3,020 for in-district, $5,660 for in-state and $8,300 for out-of-state students*|
|Michigan Career and Technical Institute||< 2-year, public; distant rural||Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate of Completion||$9,913 for in-state and $12,378 for out-of-state students*|
|Mott Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Nurse Aide Alternative Training Program||$3,668 for in-district, $5,041 for in-state and $6,911 for out-of-state students*|
|North Central Michigan College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Certified Nurse Aide Certificate of Development||$3,571 for in-district, $5,588 for in-state and $7,058 for out-of-state students*|
|Schoolcraft College||2-year, public; small city|| Nursing Assistant Preparation Course,
Nursing Assistant Skills Certificate
|$3,564 for in-district, $4,854 for in-state and $6,834 for out-of-state students*|
|Washtenaw Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate of Completion in Nursing Assistant Skills Training||$2,424 for in-district, $3,816 for in-state and $5,016 for out-of-state students*|
|West Shore Community College||2-year, public; distant rural|| Nurse Assistant Certificate,
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Nurse Assistant
|$2,478 for in-district, $4,134 for in-state and $5,778 for out-of-state students*|
Source: * NCES College Navigator.