Nursing is a valued and rewarding profession which requires a high level of dedication and commitment to successfully enter. Our program is rigorous in order to meet the expectations of excellence that students, future employers and patients demand.
Lake Superior has a 40 year history of providing nursing education. Graduates of LSSU nursing have worked in all areas of nursing in all parts of the world. Our graduates are sought by world class health care systems as well as local quality health care systems and organizations.
Our academic focus is the preparation of baccalaureate prepared nurses who upon completion will successfully complete their registration exam and will be able to progress in graduate education if they choose.
Why Students Choose LSSU
- The nursing program at Lake Superior State University offers a challenging and rewarding program of study that reflects the standards of professional nursing. This program will prepare you to make judgments and carry out nursing care based on critical thinking and research based knowledge to facilitate disease prevention, health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration and rehabilitation.
- The nursing program is unique in its international affiliation. Clinical nursing experience is obtained primarily at hospitals and community agencies in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario as well as at health care and community agencies in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and the surrounding area.
- The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. The Bachelor of Science nursing program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Visit the School of Nursing to learn more about our application process and specific program requirements
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (post- and pre-licensure)
- Practical Nursing Certificate - The certificate of practical nursing provides students with the necessary skills and training to provide safe and competent care to patients and qualifies students to write the required licensure examinations for practical nursing. Course work can be completed in 4 semesters of full-time study.
- Associate of Applied Science Health Care Provider (includes Practical Nursing Certificate) - The associate of applied science degree program serves the community by providing students with the necessary skills and training to provide safe and competent care to patients and qualifies the students to write the required licensure examinations for practical nursing. Students wishing to obtain an associate of applied science degree would be able to complete the required course work in six semesters, including two summer semesters. The general education courses required for the associate of applied science degree would apply to the baccalaureate degree in nursing, allowing for a smooth articulation between the two programs if students wish to continue their education.
- RN to BSN (available via traditional classroom, Interactive TV, online and at our Escanaba & Petoskey regional centers)
- Registered Nurses (Mean annual wage: $68,910) -Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.
- Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (Mean annual wage: $42,910) - Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
- Hospital Nurse - works in a hospital setting providing direct patient care to clients of all ages.
- Office Nurse - works in a physician’s office or outpatient clinic assisting in the direct patient care of
- Extended Care - works in a long term care facility providing care to the elderly.
- Mental Health Nurse - works in community mental health centers or group homes providing care for
the mentally ill.
- Home Care Nurse - Works with clients in their own homes to assist them to optimal wellness.
- School Nurse - Works with administrators, teachers and parents to safeguard the health of school-
- Public Health Nurse - Works with and in the community to promote and maintain the health of the
- Assisted Living Facilities - works in an assisted living facility assisting the elderly to remain as
dependant as possible.
- Prison Systems - works in prison clinics assisting in the direct patient care of prisoners.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is approved by Michigan Board of Nursing and is accredited by
- Accreditation Commission for Evaluation in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: 404-975-5000. Fax: 404-975-5020. www.acenursing.org
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 202-887-6791. Fax: 202-887-8476. www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation
Unique Opportunities for Students
Two LSSU Nursing students, Gabbie Eurich and Megan Gibbs, were invited to accompany assistant nursing professor Jodi Orm to the National Student Nurse Association Conference in Nashville, TN. They both sat on a panel with Assistant Professor Orm answering questions regarding techology and simulation in nursing education. They were both asked to also serve as panelists for a workshop for Wolters Kluwer Health.
From left to right:Gabbie Eurich, Jodi Orm, Megan Gibbs, Peter Van de Roovaart