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

LPN Program

Notification: NMU Practical Nursing program track will be suspended in Summer 2021. Students interested in obtaining a LPN certificate need to complete all prerequisite courses during the Fall 2019/Winter 2020 academic year in order to be eligible for the last Practical Nursing cohort in Fall 2020. Please contact Jaime Crabb at  906-227-1235 for an advising appointment if you are interested in pursuing an LPN certificate for Fall 2020 (to graduate at the end of Summer 2021).

Northern Michigan University reactivated the Practical Nursing (LPN/PN) program in 2013 with 14 credits of prerequisite courses being offered.  During the Fall semester 2017, changes were made to those prerequisites to include AH 102 (3 credits), BI 104 (4 credits includes a lab) or BI 207/BI 208, HN 210 (4 credits) or AH 201/AH 202, and AH 171 or CLS 171 (formally OIS 171) (4 credits).  Upon completion of the prerequisite courses, student will apply for application (this occurs during the winter semester and only one cohort is admitted a year).  Upon acceptance into the PN program, a cohort of students will be selected for admission to the PN Certificate Program.  When the student accepts a position into the PN Certificate Program, they will then complete three semesters of PN coursework: 12-13 credits fall semester, 14 credits winter semester, and 5 credits summer semester.  The PN Certificate Program was revised in Fall 2015 to adopt use of a 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).

Please note any interested in the PN Certificate Program is highly encouraged to read the Practical Nursing Student Handbook prior to applying to the PN Certificate Program.

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

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 nursing 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 low-residency model, which includes online coursework with two on-campus visits. 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 curriculum for the post-Master's track is individualized based upon prior coursework.