Upon completion of your nursing degree at Northern Michigan University, you must receive state licensure in order to practice in your chosen field.




The School of Nursing at Northern Michigan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) until December 31, 2031 for our Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

NOTE: The MSN program applied for initial CCNE accreditation in fall 2022. An accreditation decision will be made by CCNE in spring 2023.


Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Northern Michigan University, you must successfully complete the licensure requirements of the state in which you plan to practice. State requirements for educational programs may be different from Michigan and can change. The following chart indicates if NMU's program currently meets the state's educational requirements for a registered nurse (RN) license.

Students planning to practice outside of Michigan must review and follow the requirements of their intended licensure state. A resource for obtaining information is the NCSBN Nurse Licensure Guidance which provides state-specific resources for educated nurses applying for a registered nurse (RN) license in the United States.


If you will not be practicing in Michigan after completion of your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, you will need to contact the board of nursing in the state you plan to reside to ensure that you will be able to meet the requirements for a nurse practitioner in that state. See more information regarding nurse practitioner licensure by state.

MSN Accreditation Status

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program is in the process of being reviewed for initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program hosted a team of CCNE onsite visitors in September 2022. 

The team report will be provided both to the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) and to the CCNE Board of Commissioners. The ARC will meet in Spring 2023 and make a confidential recommendation to the Board. The accreditation decision will be made by the Board at its meeting in Spring 2023.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.