A good school near Ann Arbor Michigan

  1. Hi Everyone, my name is Micki, I am married with two older children. With my last one graduating this year I am ready to do something great for myself. I went to school and recieved my EMT license, only to find out I am not strong enough to lift and lug people around on those carts. I went and took a Phlebotomy class, it landed me a job at a decent hospital here in Ann Arbor Michigan. I already realilze I do not want to draw blood for the rest of my life.
    Can anyone tell me about a good school? Or can anyone explain to me the difference between a MA, CNA, CENA and a LPN? I'm in my late 40's and going to school for 4 years really scares me.
    All help and advise is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks and hope to get to know you all better.

    Micki
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    hello and welcome to the wonderful family of allnurses.com. enjoy your stay, and best of luck to you.
  4. by   bluesky
    It's been a while since I lived in Arbor (over 10 yrs) so I know there are others who have better information than I... however since no one else has posted, I figured I'd give it a shot.

    As far as I know the University of Michigan and Michigan State both have BSN programs and Washtenaw Community College has an ADN program. The ADN program would be less taxing time wise and you'll still have your RN once you're done.
  5. by   micster
    Quote from future_rn_jess
    hello and welcome to the wonderful family of allnurses.com. enjoy your stay, and best of luck to you.

    thank you,

    i have been looking around your site, lots of wonderful advise and information,
    glad i found it.
  6. by   Mona Mona
    U of M has a BSN program, VERY expensive for anything at U of M.

    MSU I believe has a BSN program. I hear someplace near Flint called Baker College just started a program.

    There is Madonna University and Schoolcraft College.

    EMU has a program, however, I hear that MANY of their healthcare programs are being investigated because of low pass-rates. Especially the Occupational Therapy Program.

    I am currently on the waitlist for Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. It's a 2.5-3 year waiting list. It's an Associates Degree in Nursing. Prepares you for the NCLEX, and I will be a Registered Nurse when finished. It's cheaper, because it's a community college, and it has a 99% pass rate. All the nurses where I volunteered suggested WCC as the best place to go. That I will have no problem getting a job once I graduate, because WCC nurses are "trained right".

    Best of luck to you!
  7. by   micster
    Quote from Mona Mona
    U of M has a BSN program, VERY expensive for anything at U of M.

    MSU I believe has a BSN program. I hear someplace near Flint called Baker College just started a program.

    There is Madonna University and Schoolcraft College.

    EMU has a program, however, I hear that MANY of their healthcare programs are being investigated because of low pass-rates. Especially the Occupational Therapy Program.

    I am currently on the waitlist for Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. It's a 2.5-3 year waiting list. It's an Associates Degree in Nursing. Prepares you for the NCLEX, and I will be a Registered Nurse when finished. It's cheaper, because it's a community college, and it has a 99% pass rate. All the nurses where I volunteered suggested WCC as the best place to go. That I will have no problem getting a job once I graduate, because WCC nurses are "trained right".

    Best of luck to you!



    thanks for the info, I have began checking into WCC since I have taken some classes there already. Looks like some may transfer over, just trying to find out what other pre req I can take while I'm waiting to get in.
  8. by   Fugitive
    MSU definitely has a BSN program, but that seems irrelevent because it seems like you want to stay close to home.

    As others have said, UM and WCC have degree programs for becoming an RN.
    Also it your area is EMU. They have a BSN program as well.

    Not sure if you have a bachelors, but if so, UM has an accelerated RN program. That way you won't have to do 4 years of undergrad with a bunch of 18 year olds.

    I think there are private colleges in your area as well. They'll probably be more expensive though. If you do an online search for nursing school in Michigan, there's a website that has a list of them all.

    Good luck!
  9. by   lizzychica02
    UM is a very, very good program and the people are wonderful. I am very familiar with the program because I worked at the School of Nursing when I was studying in LSA (Literature, Science, and the Arts). I LOVE UM and miss it dearly. Yes, it is quite expensive. I'm from Arizona and I couldn't go back to UM this year because I couldn't afford it. It's more reasonable if you're in state though.
  10. by   Carebear77
    Quote from Mona Mona
    U of M has a BSN program, VERY expensive for anything at U of M.

    MSU I believe has a BSN program. I hear someplace near Flint called Baker College just started a program.

    There is Madonna University and Schoolcraft College.

    EMU has a program, however, I hear that MANY of their healthcare programs are being investigated because of low pass-rates. Especially the Occupational Therapy Program.

    I am currently on the waitlist for Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. It's a 2.5-3 year waiting list. It's an Associates Degree in Nursing. Prepares you for the NCLEX, and I will be a Registered Nurse when finished. It's cheaper, because it's a community college, and it has a 99% pass rate. All the nurses where I volunteered suggested WCC as the best place to go. That I will have no problem getting a job once I graduate, because WCC nurses are "trained right".

    Best of luck to you!
    I actually am going to Baker College...the school is AWESOME. I was regesterd to go to flint, but decided to go to one more near my house. I went and spoke to my nursing adviser the other day and she said there is NO waiting list. You just have to pass the NET. Obviously you have to be finished with your pre-req's first, but this made me soo happy when I heard this. The ADN is only 5 quarters long...and they have a 99% graduating rate and with also 99% of them having a job in thier field with in 6 mos. of grad.
    THe college is smaller classes (30) and very one on one level. The prefessors are so helpful and it is jsut a great college. hope this helped you out
    good luck with your journey
  11. by   Mona Mona
    Quote from Carebear77
    I actually am going to Baker College...the school is AWESOME. I was regesterd to go to flint, but decided to go to one more near my house. I went and spoke to my nursing adviser the other day and she said there is NO waiting list. You just have to pass the NET. Obviously you have to be finished with your pre-req's first, but this made me soo happy when I heard this. The ADN is only 5 quarters long...and they have a 99% graduating rate and with also 99% of them having a job in thier field with in 6 mos. of grad.
    THe college is smaller classes (30) and very one on one level. The prefessors are so helpful and it is jsut a great college. hope this helped you out
    good luck with your journey
    I know someone in that program! She loves it too! Best of luck to you!

    WCC's rate is 98% or 99%, I hear. I wonder where you go to get that kind of information?

    WCC accepts 40 every semester, so somewhat smaller class sizes also.
  12. by   Mona Mona
    Quote from micster
    thanks for the info, I have began checking into WCC since I have taken some classes there already. Looks like some may transfer over, just trying to find out what other pre req I can take while I'm waiting to get in.
    I hear that. I have 9 that I need to take. Already had 3 from my "trying half heartedly to pursue an Accounting Degree" phase.
  13. by   Carebear77
    Quote from Mona Mona
    I know someone in that program! She loves it too! Best of luck to you!

    WCC's rate is 98% or 99%, I hear. I wonder where you go to get that kind of information?

    WCC accepts 40 every semester, so somewhat smaller class sizes also.
    Thanks alot Mona Glad to know that you know someone who went there and loved it.. Always nice to hear that.
  14. by   SkanauxRN2009
    Quote from Mona Mona
    U of M has a BSN program, VERY expensive for anything at U of M.

    MSU I believe has a BSN program. I hear someplace near Flint called Baker College just started a program.

    There is Madonna University and Schoolcraft College.

    EMU has a program, however, I hear that MANY of their healthcare programs are being investigated because of low pass-rates. Especially the Occupational Therapy Program.

    I am currently on the waitlist for Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. It's a 2.5-3 year waiting list. It's an Associates Degree in Nursing. Prepares you for the NCLEX, and I will be a Registered Nurse when finished. It's cheaper, because it's a community college, and it has a 99% pass rate. All the nurses where I volunteered suggested WCC as the best place to go. That I will have no problem getting a job once I graduate, because WCC nurses are "trained right".

    Best of luck to you!
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    I am a student at EMU. Where did you get your information on their failure of good pass rates? Have you known anyone who has applied to their nursing program? Just wondering. They also have a MSN program. They accept 80 students a year for the traditional program. Not sure how many for the MSN. I have heard other people say bad things about their program, but they had never actually applied to the program or been through it. So it is just hear say. My husband's cousin just graduated from their program and is working as a Cardiologist nurse. My former neighbor graduated from there years back and had no problem gaining employment either.

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