RN to BSN in Michigan

Residents of Michigan were especially hard-hit by the economic recession. Fortunately, individual state economies are recovering and showing promising signs of growth. Michigan is no exception. Overall, its 5.5% unemployment rate was only .02% higher than the national average in May 2015. Some professions reflect better employment numbers than others, and nursing is one of them. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare earnings and employment in Michigan have steadily increased since early 2010, with an even sharper uptick in the last 9 months.

The Detroit Free Press’ Nathan Bomey points out that while Michigan has historically grown mostly manufacturing jobs, fewer than 10% of projected new jobs are in the manufacturing sector. Instead, nursing is one of the fastest-growing fields in the state. Registered nurses who return to school for a BSN can position themselves to take advantage of this growth, and the higher pay that comes with it. Read on for our summary of RN-to-BSN completion programs in Michigan.

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Jen Fox MSN, RN
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Many hospitals are requiring RNs to go back to school for their BSNs. I think it's a good idea because there are numerous studies that show that the greater number of BSN-prepared nurses at the bedside, means better outcomes for patients. There are plenty of online programs that are convenient, and many hospitals offer tuition reimbursement. If my employer paid for me to go back for my BSN, it would be a no-brainer.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Michigan

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Michigan’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search.

Andrews University

$ 13,064 per semester

Application Deadlines

May 15

  • This 34-hour program is designed to be completed by a full-time student in four semesters.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Andrews is a private religious university, and teaches its students to practice Christian care.
N/A 4150 Administration Drive
Room 136
Berrien Springs, MI 49104

Baker College

$ 245 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April 30
  • Spring: October 31
  • After all prerequisites have been met, the core nursing curriculum delivers 44 credit hours of upper-division instruction.
  • This program requires three clinical experiences; online students may arrange for these in a location convenient to home.
  • Baker’s program is new as of 2013, and class sizes are limited to a very small number of students.
Campus and Online 1020 S. Washington Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Davenport University

$ 643 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Full-time students at Davenport can complete the BSN in four semesters.
  • While classes are online, clinical requirements are expected to be conducted at approved facilities.
  • Davenport is the first nursing school in the nation to offer Star Program training, emphasizing cancer survivor care in a rehabilitative setting.
  • RNs employed by a hospital with Michigan Health and Hospital Association membership receive a 20% discount on tuition.
Online 6191 Kraft Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49512-9396

Eastern Michigan University

$ 296 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

October 1

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  • Clinical experiences are conducted at a number of designated partner facilities in southeastern Michigan.
  • Space is limited in this program; generally, cohorts of 25 students each are accepted.
  • To graduate from EMU, all students must take a minimum of 60 credit hours from a 4-year school; credit hours transferred from community colleges will not count toward this requirement.
Campus and Online 202 Welch Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Ferris State University

$ 397 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • FSU’s program is targeted towards RNs who are working 30 hours per week, most of whom attend classes part-time; full-time study plans are also available.
  • There is no clinical requirement; alternatively, program participants are asked to complete a senior capstone project at their place of employment.
  • RNs in this program are also eligible for FSU’s Accelerated RN-to-MSN program.
  • In addition to the completion of the nursing core curriculum, all students in this program are required to meet the university’s service learning requirement.
Hybrid and Online 1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Finlandia University

$ 570 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Full-time students can complete this program in three semesters; part-time students may take up to seven years to finish the BSN.
  • After admission, advisors work with all students to develop individual study plans based on a student's needs and interests.
  • Though classes are conducted online, clinical requirements must be met in person at approved facilities.
  • Enrollees are also eligible for study abroad options in Finland or Tanzania.
Online 601 Quincy St
Hancock, MI 49930-1832

Grand Valley State University

$ 471 resident
$ 666 nonresident

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: September 15
  • Summer: January 15
  • GVSU’s program is designed for part-time students, most of whom complete the core curriculum in five semesters.
  • Clinical experiences are conducted in simulation labs during campus attendance, as well as in approved healthcare facilities convenient to student residences.
  • All applicants must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Hybrid 1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI 49401

Lake Superior State University

$ 433 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: Second Tuesday of March
  • Spring: Second Tuesday of November
  • Class sizes in the BSN program are limited to 24 per cohort; when these cohorts are filled, the RN-to-BSN option is opened to registration.
  • Most students in this program finish in six semesters, or three years. Full-time study is not offered.
  • Clinical experiences are arranged at partner facilities in the Upper Peninsula area.
Campus 650 W Easterday Ave
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Madonna University

$ 8,625 per semester

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admission

  • The core curriculum in this program delivers 22 credit hours of upper-division nursing instruction over eight courses.
  • Madonna’s nursing students benefit from a simulation lab featuring four mock hospital rooms and a community health room, as well as a ten-bed skills lab.
  • There is no clinical practice requirement in this program.
Campus, Online, and Hybrid 36600 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia, MI 48150-1176

Michigan State University

$ 575 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • Michigan State’s program is a part-time program that can be completed in five semesters, or 18 months.
  • Admission to this online program is limited to students who reside in Michigan.
  • All classwork is asynchronous, allowing a busy working nurse to schedule study time when it is most convenient.
  • Clinical experience requirements may be conducted at the student’s place of employment.
Online 220 Trowbridge Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

Northern Michigan University

$ 373 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • After prerequisites, the program’s core curriculum delivers 16 hours of upper-division nursing instruction.
  • NMU’s nursing school facilities include numerous state-of-the-art labs and simulation environments.
  • Generally, students at NMU complete the complete BSN sequence in 2.5 years, but RNs with sufficient transfer credits can finish sooner.
  • Admission into this program is competitive; after cohorts of 40 to 50 students are filled, wait lists are maintained by the university.
Campus 1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855

Oakland University

$ 410 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admission

  • Full-time students at Oakland can complete this program within two years; most students, however, take classes part time and finish in three years.
  • Though classes are conducted via distance education, a clinical experience is required in person. This can be arranged at an approved facility that is local to the student.
  • The core curriculum delivers 30 credit hours of instruction in nine courses.
Online 2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309

Saginaw Valley State University

$ 448 resident
$ 810 nonresident

Application Deadlines

  • Rolling Admissions
  • Fall: February 15
  • Winter: October 1
  • Both part-time and full-time study are available; a full-time student can expect to complete the BSN in four semesters.
  • Clinical experiences can be arranged to suit students’ individual professional interests.
  • Campus attendance is required once per week in some courses.
Hybrid 7400 Bay Rd
University Center, MI 48710

Siena Heights University

$ 23,750 per year

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admission

  • This 30-hour program is designed to be completed over 3 to 4 semesters.
  • Siena is a private Catholic school, and a religion course is included in the nursing curriculum.
  • RNs holding current licensure in Michigan and Ohio are invited to apply.
  • Siena’s online program was named among 25th among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor's Degrees in 2015.
Campus and Online 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr.
Adrian, MI 49221

Spring Arbor University

$ 518 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admission

  • Spring Arbor’s accelerated program delivers 42 credit hours of upper-division nursing courses.
  • In lieu of a clinical experience requirement, students in this program conduct an applied research project in a specialty area of interest.
  • Specializations are offered in leadership, gerontology and faith and community nursing.
  • As a private Christian school, Spring Arbor includes religious studies in its nursing curriculum.
N/A 106 E. Main St
Spring Arbor, MI 49283-9799

University of Detroit Mercy

$ 516 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admission

  • Students in UDM’s RN-BSN program can complete baccalaureate degree requirements in five sequential semesters, or 20 months. All students must finish the program within six years.
  • There is no clinical experience requirement; instead, a comprehensive research project is expected to be presented by the student at his or her place of employment.
  • Classes in this program average a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.
Hybrid 4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221-3038

University of Michigan - Flint

$ 389 resident
$ 427 nonresident

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admission

  • Students in this program are expected to meet two clinical experience requirements at approved facilities local to their residence.
  • At least 45 credit hours towards a baccalaureate degree must be taken at UM Flint.
  • Nursing students are eligible to study abroad in Kenya, Cambodia or Dominican Republic.
Campus and Online 303 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48502-1950

Wayne State University

$ 384 resident
$ 884 nonresident

Application Deadlines

July 1

  • The nursing core curriculum is composed of 31 credit hours of instruction over five sequential semesters, or two years. All cohorts begin in the fall.
  • All applicants must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.2.
  • There is no clinical practicum required at WSU.
Campus 656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI 48202

Western Michigan University

$ 418 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Early January

  • WMU’s program is targeted toward working nurses and is therefore part-time only. Most students complete the degree in 24 months.
  • Courses are sequential and must be taken in order; students may take up to 5 years to finish.
  • In lieu of a clinical practicum, RNs in this program conduct a research project at an approved clinical site.
  • All applicants must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Cohorts begin in the fall of each year.
Hybrid 1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Michigan that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Michigan that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Michigan has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Michigan is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of Michigan RN’s with a BSN?

The AC is working with educational institutions to promote seamless academic progression for nurses.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

No specific plans announced.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC hosts speakers and conferences to promote leadership in the field.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The AC advocates statutory and regulatory
changes so RNs are able to practice to the full extent of their education and competencies.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. A partner organization produces reports aims to expand practice for APRNs by regulatory recognition and statutory changes.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The AC promotes conferences to facilitate collaboration across the medical field.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The AC convened a meeting of the 5 organizations that represent minority nurses to develop a plan to attract more diverse populations to the profession.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

No specific plans announced.

Contact Info

Carole Stacy

Michigan Center for Nursing

Linda Kruso

Director of Workforce Planning
Beaumont Hospitals

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Michigan Action Coalition page.

Michigan Licensing

Michigan is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). An Michigan nursing license is only valid within Michigan. For licensing information, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: " Health Resources & Services Administration," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

Other State RNtoBSN Information