The School of Nursing offers the programs listed below. Click on the links to learn more about them.

LPN Program

Northern Michigan University reactivated its practical nursing (LPN) program in 2013, with 14 credits of prerequisite courses being offered. The classes are AH 101, AH 102, BI 104, HN 210, and PN 103. Upon completion of prerequisite courses, a cohort of 40 students will be selected for admission to the LPN courses for Fall. Once accepted into the program, students will complete three semesters of LPN courses, which were revised for Fall 2015 in order to support the use of concept-based curricula and competency-based outcome evaluation, which was published by The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and supported by the National League of Nursing - Accreditation Commission (NLN-AC). These courses consist of 10 credits in Fall, 14 credits in Winter and 6 credits in Summer.

Those interested in the program can apply for admission to NMU online at or by calling 906-227-2650.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at

Bachelor Degree Programs

Programs leading students to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree combine the study of humanities and physical and behavioral sciences with professional nursing courses and clinical experience. Students are expected to demonstrate competency in critical thinking, communication and therapeutic nursing interventions when providing care for clients, families and communities. Graduates of the program are qualified to take the National Council for Licensure Exam and to apply for entrance to graduate programs in nursing.

Whether students are fresh out of high school or they have worked in the field for years, one of the four baccalaureate programs will meet their needs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree prepares graduates to provide the most advanced level of nursing care for individuals, families, groups, and communities. This includes direct care of individual patient's, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing systems, and development and implementation of health policy. The proposed program consists of two tracks, a post-Baccalaureate and a post-Master's. The patient population focus is families and individuals across the lifespan (family nurse practitioner). Courses are delivered on a part-time basis, using a combination of on-campus and online (hybrid) teaching/learning methods. Clinical practicum hours may be completed in the student’s local community with an approved preceptor. 

The DNP curriculum is 72 credit hours for the post-Baccalaureate track and 45 credit hours for the post-Master's track. The curriculum includes 1000 supervised clinical practice hours. The post-Baccalaureate curriculum is listed below. The curriculum for the post-Master's track is individualized based upon prior coursework.