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I'm a pre-nursing student living in Cali. Currently I'm considering relocating to the MI area, I was wondering what the pay scale is for LVN/LPN, RNs?
The wait list is insane for cc and private school tuition is waaaaaayyy too high! Unfortunately, I don't have time to be wait listed and private school is not an option.
It really depends on where in the state you'd relocate to. I'm sure if you gave us a more specific area people would be glad to jump in and help you!
I live in the Southeastern Michigan area (metro Detroit and Ann Arbor areas) Here I think graduate RNs typically start somewhere around 22 an hour and new LPN makes around 14 an hour I believe. Neither of those include the shift differential or overtime. Experienced LPNs can make up to 20 an hour while experienced RNs can easily make 30 or more an hour.
Also many community colleges in the area have switched to a GPA system so you would no longer have to wait on a list to get in a program if you have great grades and test scores. Wayne county community college goes by GPA (but you must take at least 12 credit hours there to be considered), Oakland Community College switched to GPA admissions too. Macomb CC also admits based on GPA and test scores but they have a crazy amount of applicants (well over 1000) for a few spots (150 I think I;m not sure on that program you'd have to ask someone in it). Pretty much you need all As in the prereqs/ classes used to calculate GPA and a great score on the Hesi test (with a 4.0 and a 94 you should get in.... anything below that is iffy) Check with all programs you're interested in-- or just post here! Someone in a specific program you're interested in would be glad to help you out or let you know the specifics.
There are many excellent PUBLIC universities where you could obtain your BSN and-- although tuition is more costly than community college-- they are more affordable than many private universities or private "programs" and your degree will be accepted by any health system. You would probably need to establish residency here for a year first to pay in state rates. Wayne State in Detroit costs $226.10 per credit hour (assuming in state rates) where as an in district community college will charge about $60 an hour (basing on Oakland community College's rates) so it is more than a community college certainly. If cost is really a factor a CC can't be beat but the long waits at some and competition to even get in a program can be a downer.
Universities usually admit based on GPA and are difficult to get into. Community College admissions are also exceptionally competitive here. Both are great degrees and will be accepted by any place you wish to work. Some "private programs" have iffy accreditation and have credits that don't transfer to other institutions so you're smart to stay away from those.
Oh and all that above stuff about numbers was for the RN programs. I think the waits to get into LPN programs are less long and the competition is still fierce though not as much as RN programs. If you wanted to go for your LPN you could always go back and do a LPN to RN bridge program at community college while you're working if you're interested in that....
Contact the community colleges and universities near where you plan to move. I'm sure they would be more than happy to provide you with help. They should tell you the admit rates, prereqs, if they are waitlist school or admit based on GPA etc.
If you just post where you're thinking about moving I'm sure you'll have plenty of helpful responses! Good luck to you on your relocation if you decide to do it and be sure to pick up a few good winter jackets