Becoming an LPN in Michigan
In the state of Michigan, nurses are changing the workplace—they’re making sure that there is ample support for patients and standards for practice, education, and research. A prediction made by The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that Michigan may see an increase of as much as 6% in additional jobs per year for licensed practical nurses (LPN) by 2024. Individuals seeking to become part of this ever-growing industry, can become an LPN in the state by meeting educational requirements and applying for a Michigan LPN license. Out-of-state nurses can apply for a license by endorsement.
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.
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 year, then the graduate must register and pass the NCLEX-PN to become licensed in the state.
Practical Nursing Examination Application Packet:
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.
Foreign-educated applicants trained in English must complete one of the following:
- Submit a professional report created by the Credentials Evaluation Service of the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.
- Complete a course-by-course evaluation of completed nursing education reviewed and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services accredited agency.
- Submit an LPN Credentials Form to nursing school for completion.
If educated in a language other than English, the applicant must complete also pass the TOEFL administered by the Educational Testing Service as well as one of the options above.
Michigan LPN licenses expire every 2 years and require 25 hours of board-approved continued education to renew.
Learn more about Michigan LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.
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.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Warren, Troy, Farmington Hills||3,050||$23.80||$49,510|
|Detroit, Dearborn, Livonia||2,380||$23.40||$48,680|
|Grand Rapids, Wyoming||1,710||$21.20||$44,090|
|Lansing, East Lansing||430||$21.04||$43,770|
|Niles, Benton Harbor||170||$22.40||$46,600|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Michigan LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Continued List of All Programs in Michigan
450 North Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017
58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac, MI 49047
1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe, MI 48161
665 Johnson St, Alpena, MI 49707
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
1701 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686
10775 N St Helen Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653
1961 Delta Rd, University Center, MI 48710
323 Erie St, Port Huron, MI 48060
1500 University Dr, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, MI 48309
1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
19100 Fort St, Riverview, MI 48193
650 W Easterday Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
1000 Brockway Rd, Saginaw, MI 48602
Programs Not Included In Rankings
2800 Springport rd, Jackson, MI 49202
Additional MI Nursing Resources
Michigan Board of Nursing
201 Townsend Street
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: (517) 373-3740
Michigan Nurses Association
2310 Jolly Oak Road
Okemos, MI 48864
Phone: (517) 349-5640
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