Nursing is one of the first professions people think of when they hear about careers in health care. This is probably because we communicate with nurses at our doctor's office and during visits to the hospital. You may not know that nurses can also find careers in legislation and litigation, research, long-term care, administration, counseling, managed care organizations, insurance companies, schools, and work place health. Nurses who are interested in teaching may enjoy roles in patient education, the training of other nurses, and instruction as faculty members at colleges and universities. Opportunities for nurses will continue to evolve as health care settings expand and diversify. We offer both undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees, including an online program. Many nursing program courses are also available to complete at Lansing Community College’s University Center Building in a mixed-mode format (partly on campus in Lansing, partly online).
Opportunities for nurses are abundant and are evolving in numerous new and challenging directions. At one time, nurses were primarily prepared for work in hospital settings. Today, a large variety of rewarding opportunities is available. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students prepare to provide health care to people across their lifespan. RNs develop, implement, modify, and evaluate nursing care for individuals, families, and communities. Theoretical and clinical learning experiences prepare students to provide care for the acutely and chronically ill and also to instruct clients in health promotion and disease and injury prevention. BSN students also develop skills necessary to manage the health care needs of clients in a variety of settings. A four-year BSN degree allows for career flexibility and serves as the foundation for education at the Master's or Doctoral level.
The entry-level Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nurse Practitioner degree has transitioned to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The new DNP program will be approximately 4 years of part-time study, 81 credits, and taught in a distance-learning (online) format with clinical courses arranged in your local area. Students must have a Bachelor's degree to be eligible for the DNP program. An RN/DNP pathway will be available for licensed RNs with a Bachelor's degree in another area. A Masters to DNP pathway exclusively for advanced practice nurses with an existing masters degree is available to attain a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree online. This program is approximately 31-33 hours of study.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, contact the Nursing Department today.
The Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program provides an opportunity for students with a previous Bachelor's degree to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in an accelerated format. Students must be committed to an intense, concentrated program of study, which consists of four full-time semesters of nursing courses completed over 16 months. Eight of the core courses include a clinical component which requires a significant time commitment within a hospital or other health care facility.
Want to expand your nursing career? This program is designed for you, the RN who has the desire to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, but has limited time to travel to campus and to schedule classes. Online courses bring a University of Michigan-Flint education to you, tailored to your busy life. All Nursing and prerequisite courses are available online.