The Best Michigan Online Nurse Practitioner Programs and Requirements

By NurseJournal.org staff



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Students exploring nurse practitioner (NP) programs in Michigan must earn a graduate degree before they can pursue licensure. An aspiring NP can earn a master of science in nursing or a doctor of nursing practice after completing a bachelor of science in nursing. Many colleges and universities offer bridge programs, which allow enrollees to complete an associate program and satisfy the requirements of a master's degree in about four years. The amount of time it takes students to earn their degree can vary, depending on their educational background and experience levels.

Many colleges and universities offer bridge programs, which allow enrollees to complete an associate program and satisfy the requirements of a master's degree in about four years.

A learner who holds an active, current registered nurse (RN) licensure, along with a bachelor of science in nursing, can complete the requirements of a master's degree in as little as one year if they have completed 400-1,000 clinical hours. Across Michigan, students often explore online program opportunities, particularly at the master's and doctoral levels, since the flexible format of online programs allows learners to continue working as they earn their degrees.

NP programs equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue successful careers in the field. Throughout the program, enrollees learn how to diagnose and provide treatment for injuries, infections, and illnesses. Students also learn to record and examine diagnoses, medical histories, and symptoms of patients across the lifespan.

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Best Michigan Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

1. Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
2. Spring Arbor University - Spring Arbor, MI
3. University of Michigan-Flint - Flint, MI
4. Davenport University - Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan State University

MSU offers a hybrid master of science in nursing with a nurse practitioner concentration, with both online and on-campus course components. Students can add a specialization in adult-gerontology, family, or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

The full program comprises 54 credits. Those enrolled full time can finish the program in two years, while part-time learners often take three years to graduate. While distance learners take core courses entirely online, clinical courses require students to attend campus 4-5 times a semester. These on-campus programs might include lectures, simulations, group work, and exams. Each enrollee must also complete 585 direct care clinical hours and 45 clinical hours in advanced physical assessment.

Campus East Lansing, Michigan
Type Public
Accreditations Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $838/credit
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA; current nursing license; three recommendation letters; statement of purpose
Minimum Time Commitment 24 months
On-Campus Requirements Yes
Program MSN - Nurse practitioner
School site Tuition | Financial aid

Spring Arbor University

As a private, Christian institution, SAU offers an online master of science in nursing (MSN) with a nurse practitioner concentration. The 55-credit degree allows students to enroll in one course at a time, with each course lasting seven weeks.

This online nurse practitioner program in Michigan also offers two further specializations: family nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Overall, each enrollee needs to fulfill 625 clinical hours in cardiac, psychiatric, orthopedic, and other healthcare facilities.

Finally, a registered nurse with an associate degree can opt for the university's online RN-to-MSN program, which simultaneously grants students a bachelor's degree and nurse practitioner MSN.

Campus Spring Arbor, Michigan
Type Private
Accreditations Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $712/credit
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA; current nursing license; at least six months of professional RN experience preferred; two recommendation letters; statement of purpose
Minimum Time Commitment Varies
On-Campus Requirements No
Program MSN - Nurse practitioner
School site Tuition | Financial aid

University of Michigan-Flint

At UM-Flint, the master of science in nursing with a family nurse practitioner track allows students to complete most of their coursework online with 3-6 campus visits each year. The full degree consists of 47 credits, although students can transfer in up to nine credits. Full-time students and part-time students can graduate in two or three years, respectively.

Core courses cover epidemiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Courses within the family nurse practitioner emphasis focus on acute and chronic care for children and adults, in addition to in-person clinical experiences. Distance learners can also get involved with research opportunities on campus.

Campus Flint, Michigan
Type Public
Accreditations Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $684.50/credit for Michigan residents; $1024 per credit for non-Michigan residents
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in nursing with a minimum 3.2 GPA; current nursing license
Minimum Time Commitment 24 months
On-Campus Requirements Yes
Program MSN - Family nurse practitioner
School site Tuition | Financial aid

Davenport University

Grand Rapids-based DU offers several master of science in nursing programs, including one with a family nurse practitioner specialization. The 45-credit degree includes mostly online courses with in-person clinicals and two on-campus courses. The first one-credit course includes an intensive simulation of clinical nursing skills. At the end of the program, students must also attend campus for a three-day capstone experience.

In addition to core courses in pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment, distance learners enroll in courses exploring care across the lifespan. The curriculum emphasizes illness management, health promotion, and health education. Students can only enroll full time to complete the program in five semesters.

Campus Grand Rapids, Michigan
Type Private
Accreditations Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Tuition $777/credit hour
Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA; current nursing license; two recommendation letters; statement of purpose
Minimum Time Commitment 20 months
On-Campus Requirements Yes
Program MSN - Family nurse practitioner
School site Tuition | Financial aid

Requirements to Become a Nurse Practitioner in Michigan

To become an NP in Michigan, candidates must:

  • Earn a graduate degree. Before professionals can receive nurse specialty certification, they must earn a master's degree in nursing with certificates or concentrations in advanced practice nursing. The Michigan Board of Nursing requires NPs to meet specific educational standards to ensure that they complete the advanced education needed to provide quality service across healthcare settings. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) must complete a graduate program focused on nurse midwifery accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. Those interested in pursuing careers as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) must complete a graduate program in the field that features accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.


    Students who want to become NPs must complete a graduate degree accredited by one of the U.S. Department of Education-recognized accreditation agencies for nurse education schools, including the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.


    CRNAs review the chemistry and physics of anesthesia, perioperative technology, anesthesia physiology and pathophysiology, and pharmacology for anesthesia practice. Students pursuing NP programs in Michigan explore course topics in primary care management, advanced health assessment, advanced pharmacology, statistics, and advanced pathophysiology. Degree-seekers enrolled in nurse-midwife programs focus on health promotion and risk reduction, well-women/GYN care, high-risk perinatal nursing, advanced pathophysiology, and postpartum and newborn care.

  • Earn national certification. To become an NP in Michigan, professionals must determine what type of nursing they want to practice and complete the national certification requirements associated with their chosen specialty. The Michigan Board of Nursing certifies three types of advanced practice registered nurse: NP, CRNA, and CNM. Each national certification agency includes its own examination and experience parameters. The state's nursing board approves the following national certification agencies, each offering different types of credentials: American Nurses Credentialing Center, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, National Certification Corporation, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Midwifery Certification Board, Pediatric Nurse Certification Board, and the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.
  • Apply for a certificate. Using their social security number and personal information, applicants can apply to receive their national certification from the nursing board after completing the licensing requirements for their chosen specialty.

In-Demand Nursing Specialty Eligibility Requirements in Michigan

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (CPNP-AC)

Years of Experience: None, but the candidate must hold a current and active RN license

Clinical Hours Required: A minimum of 500 clinical hours, supervised by a direct-care provider in acute care pediatrics

Continuing Education: N/A

Other: Three graduate-level courses focusing on advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment, and advanced physiology/pathophysiology

Family Nurse Practitioner Certification (FNP-BC)

Years of Experience: None, but the applicant must hold a current and active RN license

Clinical Hours Required: A minimum of 500 clinical hours, supervised by a faculty member in a family nurse practitioner program

Continuing Education: N/A

Other: Three graduate-level courses in advanced physiology/pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certification (AGPCNP-BC)

Years of Experience: None, but must hold a current and active RN license

Clinical Hours Required: A minimum of 500 clinical hours, supervised by a faculty member in an adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner role

Continuing Education: N/A

Other: Three graduate-level courses in advanced health assessment, advanced physiology/pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology

Salary and Career Information

In Michigan, RNs earn a mean salary similar to national figures. Michigan RNs enjoy mean annual wages of $71,330, compared to the national mean annual RN wage of $75,510. Projected job growth for the occupation in Michigan is also similar to the figures for the U.S., with Michigan reporting an anticipated job growth of 13.5% and the U.S. reporting a projected job growth of 14.8% for RNs from 2018-28.

NPs who base their careers in Michigan receive mean salary amounts of $106,880, while nationally, NPs earn mean annual wages of $110,030. Projected job growth for NPs in Michigan comes in just under the U.S. projected job growth of 36.1%, with Michigan reporting an anticipated growth of 34.4%.

Across Michigan, NPs can explore job opportunities in metropolitan areas that offer high mean wages for the occupation. The metropolitan area that reports the highest mean salary amount of $109,820 is the Detroit - Warren - Dearborn, Michigan area, also boasting the highest employment level for the profession in the state of 1,980.

RN vs. NP Salary and Projected Job Growth in Michigan
  Registered Nurse Nurse Practitioner
Michigan Mean Salary $71,330 $106,880
U.S. Mean Salary $75,510 $110,030
Michigan Job Growth 13.5% 34.4%
U.S. Job Growth 14.8% 36.1%

Source: BLS, Projections Central


Michigan Metropolitan Areas With the Highest Mean NP Wages
  Salary Employment
Detroit - Warren - Dearborn, Michigan $109,820 1,980
Ann Arbor, Michigan $106,900 450
South Bend - Mishawaka, Indiana - Michigan $105,650 140
Jackson, Michigan $104,850 80
Lansing - East Lansing, Michigan $104,430 180

Source: BLS