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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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
94.52Request Information
#15 Bay College
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
(906) 786-5802 Visit Homepage
94.44Request Information
#16 Northwestern Michigan College
1701 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 995-1000 Visit Homepage
93.75Request Information
#17 Kirtland Community College
10775 N St Helen Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653
(989) 275-5000 Visit Homepage
92.89Request Information
#18 Delta College
1961 Delta Rd, University Center, MI 48710
(989) 686-9000 Visit Homepage
92.48Request Information
#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
64.34Request Information
#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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