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Michigan, MI | RN to BSN Nursing School Program

RN to BSN programs are targeted specifically at currently employed Registered Nurses looking to improve their education while remaining in the work force. RN to BSN programs in Michigan are attractive because they can be completed through night classes and online courses, while also allowing currently working RNs to shorten the education process through NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams. These standardized exams test current knowledge in various areas of nursing and allow students to receive advancement placement based on where they currently stand with regards to nursing processes and skills, medical and surgical processes and knowledge, pediatrics, mental health and maternal newborn care, and more. This allows currently employed Registered Nurses to tailor individual coursework to their needs and to reach career goals. And it can be completed in just one year.

Not all schools in Michigan offer RN to BSNs, but with online options available from respected schools like the University of Michigan, they can be completed from almost anywhere in the state. Requirements for entry are similar to other nursing school requirements, such as a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. And like an ADN or BSN, admission to general studies is required before applying to a nursing school. After acceptance into an RN to BSN program, students take courses in research, leadership, family and community health, community assessment and upper level electives that allow for further specialization of knowledge during an RN to BSN—topics such as health care law, community health education, pharmaceutical research and more. It is also possible to take any number of electives from a school’s science department; with the right prerequisites RN to BSN students in Michigan may take anything from upper level physiology to abnormal psychology and philosophy of health.

There is no final test like the NCLEX in a Michigan RN to BSN, but there are always minimum graduating requirements, which is usually around a 2.5 GPA. And once a student has graduated, many newfound opportunities for career advancement open up. Research and critical thinking skills, a broader scope of knowledge, and further leadership training can lead to both public and private sector research positions and community health programming beyond a hospital or clinical setting. Leadership and management skills offer the opportunity for advancement in current occupational settings as well. And while an average Registered Nurse’s salary sits around $68,000 (according to in Michigan, graduates of an RSN to BSN program have the opportunity to move to the higher end of the nursing salary scale, which in some cases can reach upwards of $80,000 per year, plus benefits.