How to Get a Nursing Degree in Michigan
Even though the school may seem expensive, training is
usually a worthwhile investment. Nursing in particular
offers rewarding employment opportunities. The average
salary for a nurse, working in Michigan is around 64
thousand dollars a year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics
predicts that nursing employment will grow much faster than
average because of retiring nurses and the increasing focus
on preventive care for America's aging population.
1. Decide what type of nursing degree you want to pursue.
Michigan College and University systems offers a wide range
of training opportunities for aspiring nurses. An
associate's degree in nursing requires two years of study
and can be obtained at a community college. A bachelor's
degree in nursing takes four years for a college and is
recommended for most nursing career. A Master of Science in
nursing can be completed in one to two years of extra
university studies after receiving a bachelor's degree. A
doctoral degree in nursing is the highest level available in
this subject area and is primarily designed for people who
want to teach in a nursing program.
2. Make an appointment to speak with a counselor on a one of
Michigan nursing schools or teaching hospitals. Talk about
the education choice and your future plans and goals.
3. Research programs at schools in Michigan offering nursing
degrees. For example, the University of Michigan, Wayne
State University and Michigan State University all ranked in
the top 50 schools for nursing care by U.s. News and World
Report, where you can also look up each program.
4. Consider online programs such as The University of
Phoenix, Walden University or the University of Cincinnati,
if you are not able to move to a college town or attend
college full time. You can still complete your nursing
degree in Michigan, if you go through a nationwide on-line
University. Your local Community College also offers courses
to start you on your nursing education path.
5. Apply to Michigan, and/or online schools, you are most
interested in attending. Most schools will have the
following information in your application package: High
School Transcripts or GED, ACT or SAT Scores, more
references, and essays. Use all Michigan contacts that you
have in the nursing or related areas to provide you with
references, if possible.
6. Apply for scholarships and federal aid. Michigan colleges
also work-student jobs reserved for students, but
realistically assess your ability to work during the
program. For example, in the Accelerated Degree Program at
Michigan State University, you could have up to 15 credits
of intensive tuition per semester, not leaves little time
for non-training-related activities.
7. Visit to the hospital to get an idea of what your
experience study and work there would be like. All
University of Michigan nursing students, for example, get a
clinical placement in order to get hands-on experience as
part of their program.
8. Complete your program in 2 years, 4 years or more and get
your Michigan nursing degree.