Becoming an LPN in Michigan

In Michigan, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) play a major role in shaping the quality of healthcare in the state. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting favorable employment growth for the industry at approximately 12% through 2026, it’s easy to see why many in the state are looking into LPN programs to find rewarding, solid careers. LPNs in Michigan earn an average hourly wage of $22.43, which equates to an annual salary of nearly $47,000. To join the ranks of these valued healthcare workers, you must first find and enroll in an approved Michigan LPN program.


2017 Best LPN Programs in Michigan

Michigan has several educational options for individuals seeking to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the state. Nursing programs are offered in a wide range of schools, including vocational high schools, community colleges, and private nursing schools—all meeting state requirements for licensure. We have reviewed the state test scores and NCLEX-PN pass-rates for 25 schools across Michigan, and after much consideration, we’ve ranked a list of the top 10 LPN schools in the state. For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Michigan click here.

Details on Michigan LPN Schools & Classes

Michigan is home to many schools that offer accredited LPN programs. From community colleges to technical schools across the state, prospective students have their choice of where they want to complete their LPN education. Most LPN programs take between 1 and 2 years to complete, depending on whether the student attends part-time or full-time, which is an advantage over the 4-year bachelor’s degree in nursing.

LPN programs in the state are comprised of core nursing courses, electives, and labs. Common course titles include:

  • Foundations of Nursing and Critical Thinking
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition in Nursing
  • Nursing of Adults
  • Maternal and Child Nursing
  • Geriatrics and Mental Health


When given the choice between schools with LPN programs, students are advised to take great care in picking a school that is properly accredited. Accreditations give students that extra layer of confidence, as they are held to rigorous standards. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is a main, national accrediting body that lends its seal of approval to LPN programs that fit the bill. Smaller, regional accrediting organizations may also be available. Additionally, students will want to make sure their program of choice is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Choosing the right LPN program is just the first step; you must also ensure that you meet all of the school’s admissions requirements. While these may vary, most schools require the following:

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Personal statement (essay)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Completion of ATI TEAS exam
  • Criminal background check and drug screen

Tuition and Costs

While total LPN program expenses will vary due to a variety of factors (type of school, whether or not the student requires room and board, etc.), all students can count on having to pay for tuition, mandatory fees, and course supplies. For example, the total cost of the LPN program at Kirtland Community College is estimated at $9,300 for in-district students, and $11,250 for out-of-district students. This does not include the cost of any prerequisite courses that a student may need to take. For those who have a financial need, student loans, scholarships, and other aid is typically available through most schools.

Michigan LPN Licensing Requirements

After first completing a state-approved education program that not only provides the necessary curriculum but also hands-on training for patient interaction, the applicant is on their way to becoming an LPN in Michigan. The approved program can usually be completed in one to two years, then the graduate must register and pass the NCLEX-PN to become licensed in the state.

As an LPN, certain physical requirements may be part of the job application. Being able to lift patients, move machinery, and stand for long periods of time may be required to perform the job properly.

Michigan LPN licenses expire every 2 years and require 25 hours of board-approved continued education to renew.

NCLEX Exam Information

To officially gain licensure as an LPN in Michigan, the NCLEX-PN exam must be passed. This test consists of roughly 100 nursing-based questions that cover a variety of categories. For detailed information on the NCLEX-PN, check out our comprehensive guide here.  Students can also take the  NCLEX-PN practice test to study and prepare for the real examination.

LPN Reciprocity and eNLC

Michigan is not currently an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) state, although legislature is pending to allow the state to enter the compact. The eNLC allows nurses to hold a multi-state license, so that they can practice in any other eNLC state without having to apply for a new license.

Nurses from out of state can apply for an LPN license in Michigan by endorsement as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Must currently be licensed as an LPN in another state
  • If education was obtained outside of the U.S., must have a Professional Report evaluation of education completed by the Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) of CFGNS, or have a full course-by-course credential evaluation completed
  • Submit the LPN by Endorsement license online application
  • A fingerprint report and criminal background check are required

For more information on Michigan LPN license by endorsement, visit

LPN Salary in Michigan By Area

The table below lists career information organized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Michigan. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Warren, Troy, Farmington Hills3,050$23.80$49,510
Detroit, Dearborn, Livonia2,380$23.40$48,680
Grand Rapids, Wyoming1,710$21.20$44,090
Ann Arbor740$23.85$49,600
Lansing, East Lansing430$21.04$43,770
Kalamazoo, Portage410$21.30$44,300
Battle Creek340$21.38$44,460
Bay City270$21.43$44,570
Niles, Benton Harbor170$22.40$46,600

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Michigan LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

Top Ranked Michigan LPN Programs


Muskegon Community College

221 Quarterline Rd, Muskegon Township, MI 49442 - (231) 777-0510 - Visit Homepage

Muskegon Community College (MCC), located in Muskegon Township, Michigan, with satellite campuses in Fremont, Whitehall, Newaygo, and Grand Haven, offers 52 Associate Degree programs, 35 certification programs, and a variety of non-credit courses for personal and professional achievement. MCC offers small classes, affordable tuition, flexible schedules, and an award-winning faculty.

Overall Score: 98.95 - Request Info on Muskegon Community College

Glen Oaks Community College

62249 Shimmel Rd, Centreville, MI 49032 - (269) 467-9945 - Visit Homepage

Glen Oaks Community College (GOCC) is located in Centreville, Michigan. GOCC offers a variety of programs allowing the student to attain an associate degree, transfer programs, a wide selection of career certification options, and occupational development courses, as well as personal development options to help students reach both personal and professional goals.

Overall Score: 98.71 - Request Info on Glen Oaks Community College

West Shore Community College

3000 N Stiles Rd, Scottville, MI 49454 - (231) 845-6211 - Visit Homepage

West Shore Community College (WSCC) is a comprehensive two-year institution located in Scottvile, Michigan. WSCC offers occupational programs leading to immediate employment or transfer to a senior institution, as well as associates degrees, one-year certifications, and a variety of non-credit personal and professional development courses.

Overall Score: 98.71 - Request Info on West Shore Community College

Gogebic Community College

E4946 Jackson Rd, Ironwood, MI 49938 - (906) 932-4231 - Visit Homepage

At Gogebic Community College, LPN students are trained to care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of a physician or registered nurse. They care for infants, children, pregnant women, adults, or the elderly.

Overall Score: 98.60 - Request Info on Gogebic Community College

Lansing Community College

515 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933 - (517) 483-1410 - Visit Homepage

Lansing Community College offers a Career Ladder Nursing program. The coursework for the LPN program provides the basis for an in-depth study of the theory and nursing care of adults, children, and families. Clinical experiences include extended care facilities, hospitals, and community agencies where students provide nursing care to geriatric, medical, surgical, maternity, and pediatric patients.

Overall Score: 98.39

Jackson College

2111 Emmons Rd, Jackson, MI 49201 - (517) 787-0800 - Visit Homepage

Jackson Community College is located in Jackson, Michigan, with additional locations in Adrian and Hillsdale. Jackson College offers both associate's and bachelor's degrees, as well as vocational certification, and workforce development with instruction by industry-experienced faculty, utilizing technology and innovation to ensure student success in the workplace.

Overall Score: 98.20 - Request Info on Jackson College

Gogebic Community College

47420 Highway M-26 #10, Houghton, MI 49931 - (906) 483-0070 - Visit Homepage

Gogebic Community College prepares students to become Licensed Practical Nurses. These individuals become skilled and able to confidently perform tasks such as basic bedside care, vital signs, preparing and administration of medications and treatments like dressing changes. LPNs assist with data collection, nursing interventions, development of client care plans, and simple diagnostic tests. They also provide emotional support for clienst and their families.

Overall Score: 98.18 - Request Info on Gogebic Community College

Montcalm Community College

2800 College Dr, Sidney, MI 48885 - (989) 328-2111 - Visit Homepage

Montcalm Community College (MCC), located in Sidney, Michigan, with additional locations in Greenville, Ionia, and Howard City, offers 62 programs and a variety of customized training options. MCC combines technology with highly-qualified instruction, small class sizes, and affordable tuition to meet the community's educational needs.

Overall Score: 97.69 - Request Info on Montcalm Community College

Grand Rapids Community College

143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 - (616) 234-4000 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Grand Rapids Community College is a three semester program (including one summer term) with one pre-nursing semester. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for the physically or mentally ill. Under the direction of registered nurses, physicians or dentists, they provide nursing care that requires considerable specialized knowledge. Job opportunities for LPNs are expected to be very good in the years ahead.

Overall Score: 97.59 - Request Info on Grand Rapids Community College

Schoolcraft College

1751 Radcliff St, Garden City, MI 48135 - (734) 462-4770 - Visit Homepage

Schoolcraft College is a comprehensive open-door community-based institution located in Garden City, Michigan, with additional locations in Livonia and Radcliff. Schoolcraft offers associate's degrees, certificates, skills certificates, and post-associate certification, as well as occupational course and liberal arts courses designed to help students achieve personal and professional goals.

Overall Score: 97.50

Continued List of All Programs in Michigan

#11 Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017
(269) 965-3931 Visit Homepage
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#12 Southwestern Michigan College
58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac, MI 49047
(800) 456-8675 Visit Homepage
96.25Request Information
#13 Monroe County Community College
1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe, MI 48161
(734) 242-7300 Visit Homepage
95.59Request Information
#14 Alpena Community College
665 Johnson St, Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 356-9021 Visit Homepage
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#15 Bay College
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
(906) 786-5802 Visit Homepage
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#16 Northwestern Michigan College
1701 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 995-1000 Visit Homepage
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#17 Kirtland Community College
10775 N St Helen Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653
(989) 275-5000 Visit Homepage
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#18 Delta College
1961 Delta Rd, University Center, MI 48710
(989) 686-9000 Visit Homepage
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#19 St. Clair County Community College
323 Erie St, Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 989-5500 Visit Homepage
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#20 Baker College - Auburn Hills
1500 University Dr, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 340-0600 Visit Homepage
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#21 Oakland University
2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-2100 Visit Homepage
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#22 Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 227-1000 Visit Homepage
77.03Request Information
#23 Detroit Business Institute Downriver
19100 Fort St, Riverview, MI 48193
(734) 479-0660 Visit Homepage
74.90Request Information
#24 Lake Superior State University
650 W Easterday Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(906) 632-6841 Visit Homepage
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#25 Latoya's Health Education
1000 Brockway Rd, Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 797-4602 Visit Homepage
60.23Request Information

Programs Not Included In Rankings

Baker College
2800 Springport rd, Jackson, MI 49202
(888) 343-3683 Visit Homepage
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