Michigan State University

Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. It was the first higher education institution to teach the science of agriculture.  Based in Michigan’s capital, Lansing, the university is distinguished for its study abroad, education degree programs and basketball team.  Two-hundred programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level are offered in academic areas including Nursing, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Music and Business.

Overview of Programs, Certificates, and Degrees

  • 1 online bachelor’s, 1 online master’s degree and certificate programs offered
  • Campus based bachelor’s through doctoral degree programs
  • Study abroad learning experiences in Nursing available

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

Online nursing degree programs at Michigan State University are offered from bachelors through doctoral level, in addition to a variety of specializations including Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Practitioner.  Students may also pursue nursing study opportunities in London.

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

The online RN (Registered Nurse) to MSN (Masters Degree in Nursing) degree program at Michigan state University is delivered completely online and ideal for registered nurses seeking to earn a four-year degree on a flexible schedule.  Courses include Pharmacology, Health Assessment, and Community Health and Population Nursing.

Duration and Cost

The program requires approximately 32 credits long assuming that 60 credits are transferred in. An additional 30 credits are transferred for completing the NCLEX exam.  The program is approximately 2 years long. Program tuition is $504.50 and $529.50 for residents and non-residents of Michigan respectively.

Online Master’s Degree in Nursing

Online master degree programs at Michigan State University are offered with three specializations; however only the Clinical Nurse Specialist-Education (CNS-Ed) option is offered completely online.  A hybrid (combined online and in-person delivery) program for Nurse Practitioners and a campus based Anesthesia program are also offered.  The CNS-Ed option prepares graduates to take both the ANCC certification as Adult CNS, and the National League for Nursing (NLN) Education Certification.  Nurses with the CNS-Ed specialization are prepared both to teach nurses and implement and lead strategies to improve patient care.

Duration and Cost

The program requires students to complete approximately 46-50 credits, and can be completed in 2-3 years full or part-time.  Program fees are $607.25 to $632.325 per credit for resident and non-residents respectively.

Online Certificates in Nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialist certifications are offered completely online.  The Clinical Nurse Specialist certificate offers courses in Clinical Decision Making, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology.

Duration and Cost

The Clinical Nurse specialist certificate is 25 credits and requires approximately one to two years long.  Program fees are $607.25 to $632.325 per credit for resident and non-residents respectively.


The majority of nursing instructors and faculty at Michigan State University hold advanced qualifications.

Things to consider:

  • Clinical component is required and may be completed in student’s home community
  • Visit to campus may be required for certification programs
  • Certificate programs may not be accredited by a nursing body


Nursing degree programs at Michigan State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Michigan State University
College of Nursing
A117 Life Sciences Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1317