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Nursing, Practical

General Information

A practical nurse certificate prepares students to function as a beginning licensed practical nurses and members of the health team - under the supervision of the registered nurse, physician or dentist - in the care of individuals with acute and chronic common illnesses. Licensed practical nurses provide basic bedside nursing care and are qualified for employment in structured practice settings, including acute care hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes, clinics and physicians' providing nursing care in specialized areas, including pediatric and obstetric units and home health and hospice settings. Employment in all of these practice settings of health care is available, and nurses are in demand due to the present nursing shortage. Salary for licensed practical nurses in Michigan starts at approximately $40,000 per year with full benefits. Practical nursing is an excellent entry level career choice, and graduates may qualify to complete advanced degrees in nursing with more education. A total of 39.5 credits is required to complete the program, with a possible two credits given to certified nursing assistants who qualify for the program.

Upon program completion, and the Michigan State Board of Nursing eligibility determination, students will be prepared to take the licensure exam to become a licensed practical nurse.

MI Board of Nursing Approval


Dean of Health Sciences/Director of Nursing: Kim Lindquist, MSN, RN, CNE,, 734-384-4101
Nursing Program Coordinator: Lori Biggs, MSN, RN,, 734-384-4248
Faculty: Holly Boylan, MSN, RN,, 734-384-4175
Faculty: Lindi McClure, MSN, RN,, 734-384-4267