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The nursing program at LSSU offers a challenging and rewarding program of study that reflects the standards of professional nursing. This program prepares students 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. This program offers unique opportunities such as studying abroad and other international clinicals.

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. Career choices are extensive and are not limited to the list below.

LSSU nurses are employed by all major health systems in Michigan, the U.S. armed services, health services in Ontario, even at the Mayo Clinic. The majority of graduates work worldwide as Registered Nurses (around 90% pass the RN exam the first time) and assume leadership positions in public and private healthcare systems.

  • Flight and Military Nursing
  • Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care Units
  • Large Emergency Departments
  • Medical/Surgical Hospital Units
  • Obstetrical and Pediatric Care
  • Oncology and Hemodialysis Care
  • School Health and Population/Public Health

Registered Nurse Median Annual Salary: $67,490

Notable Employers

UP Health System
University of Michigan Hospital
Spectrum Health
Mayo Clinic
U.S. Armed Forces

See What Our Nursing Students Say

“I wouldn’t have gone to any other school for nursing. Lake State’s nursing program not only prepared me in becoming a nurse but also challenged me and allowed me to grow as a person. This is a nursing program that truly wants you to succeed. The Dean of Nursing and Kathy Berchem did everything they could to allow me to come back to the program after having a stroke, and I will be forever grateful for that and this nursing program!”

Anna Elenbaas, BSN ’18Saint Mary’s Mercy Health, Hauenstein Neurosciences unit

LSSU emphasizes evidence-based, hands-on practice and learning. I started IVs, inserted NG tubes, and initiated a Foley catheter under the supervision of my clinical instructor—training that other universities don’t necessarily provide, I later discovered. I also enjoyed the planned clinical situations at the state-of-the-art Simulation Center. LSSU taught me to delve into patient-centered care and holistic approaches to nursing care, which improved my patient care and their clinical outcomes.

Omega Hang ’16, RNSt. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital, Progressive Care Unit

The right people, at the right place at the right time…saved a man’s life.  full story here

Allison Rose, BSN ’09

I chose Lake State nursing because it has an excellent program at an affordable cost, with a ton of scholarships available, and with less competition compared to other state universities. The small class sizes allow for great in-class discussions and robust relations with professors. I love the camaraderie and respect with students and faculty.

Kirk Smallegan ’21

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This program prepares you to take the NCLEX exam in the state of Michigan. Graduates who want to practice in other states should review those requirements via the NCSBN website.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Lake Superior State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476

Program Complaint Procedure

10-Year Re-Accreditation in 2020In September 2020, the School of Nursing received a 10-year re-accreditation for its baccalaureate degree program from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, extending to Dec. 31, 2030.