The Action Coalition of Michigan recognizes the changes that are occurring in healthcare and understands that nurses are at the center of ensuring these changes are positive. The MI Action Coalition is working to advance nursing education pathways so nurses can deliver an improved level of high-quality care by earning higher degrees as seamlessly as possible. If you are ready to get your Master’s in Nursing in MI, contact the schools you find on our site to learn more about your options for study.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists nursing among the top occupations in America due to the nursing shortage and the demand for more nursing professionals as the healthcare system becomes more complex. This is an ideal time to return to school if you want to advance your career in by getting your graduate nursing degree.
Michigan has some excellent online MSN programs, as well as campus based options to choose from. There are many new types of MSN degrees available today. Some of the degrees you might consider include; Nursing and Health Services Administration, Gerontological Clinical Nurse, Infant Child Adolescent Health/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Midwife and Nursing Informatics. There are also dual programs offered at some universities broadening your reach and impact even further.
The admission criteria for Master’s in nursing programs in Michigan can include many or all of the following requirements.
- Earned BS in nursing
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- GRE only required if your cumulative GPA is between 3.0 and 3.25
- Work experience as an RN is not required
- All official transcripts from any college or university attended
- Three letters or recommendations from individuals who at least have a master's degree in the healthcare field
- Personal statement of one page stating your professional and educational goals
- English proficiency exam if English is not your first language (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB)
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate or graduate statistics course
Many nurses looking to enter advanced practice choose to go nurse practitioner route. There are several different foci to choose from, and some of the most impactful are those that are in primary care. The Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP) provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver cutting edge, community-based primary health care. Health promotion and development are strongly promoted in this program. The curriculum for an FNP program usually requires around 60 credit hours and 600+ clinical hours.
The nursing curriculum to become a FNP usually includes:
- Models, Theories and Methods to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes
- Reporting Optimal Models and Systems for Healthcare Delivery
- Scientific and Analytic Approaches for Advance Practice
- Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
- Advanced Health Assessment for Advance Practice Nurses
- Health Promotion and Or risk Reduction Across the Lifespan
- Common Pediatric Health Problems
- Infant, Child and Adolescent Health: Wellness
- Advanced Primary Care Nursing: Health Promotion and Management of Acute Health Problems of Adults and Well Women/GYN Care
- Critical Elements and the Study of Family and Health
- Nursing Care of Childbearing Families (Antepartum Care)
- Primary Care of Older Adults
- Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Chronic Illness in Adults and They are Families
- Behavioral and Lifestyle Management in Primary Care
- Advanced Primary Care Nursing of Families in Complex Systems
- Pharmacotherapeutics I, II
The American Nurses Credentialing Center offers a credential exam following successful graduation. This exam is competency based, and with it, employers can be certain that you have the knowledge and skills required as a family nurse practitioner. The cost of the exam for American Nursing Association members is $270, and it is $395 for non-members.
As of May 2013 Family Nurse Practitioners in Michigan earned a mean annual income of $95,070 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This well-paying job is growing in numbers and can offer you both job security and satisfaction if this is your career choice.
If you need financial assistance for tuition, you should take time to complete the FAFSA application at the Financial Aid Office at your university, which is a Federal grant program. Michigan also has Student Financial Services Bureau that can be a resource for scholarships and grants.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a webpage with a list of financial aid sources, and several are specific for graduate education. The Health Resources and Services Administration is another source of low-interest loans, long term loans. There is a loan repayment program that is listed under Nurse Corps, which allows you to work at your career in one of their thousands of nonprofit hospitals or clinics for two years, which can result in 60 percent of your unpaid student loan being be paid off.
Graduating from a master's program for nursing can advance the career of your choice, earn you the respect of your peers and help bolster the field of nursing overall. Take some time to request program information today so you can begin to make a well informed decision about which path to take as you advance your nursing education and career.