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 hosted an accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) February 8-10, 2021. CCNE conducted an on-site evaluation of our Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs and found no deficiencies. In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission will review the final accreditation report in fall 2021.

NOTE: The MSN program is applying for initial CCNE accreditation in fall 2022.


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.

NOTE: The DNP program at NMU is accredited by CCNE. The MSN program is applying for initial accreditation in fall 2022.

BSN - State/Dist./Territory Abrev Meets Does Not Meet Unknown Notes
Alabama AL     X  
Alaska AK X      
Arizona AZ     X  
Arkansas AR     X  
California CA X      
Colorado CO X      
Connecticut CT     X  
Delaware DE     X  
Florida FL X      
Georgia GA     X  
Hawaii HI     X  
Idaho ID     X  
Illinois IL X      
Indiana IN     X  
Iowa IA     X  
Kansas KS     X  
Kentucky KY     X  
Louisiana LA     X  
Maine ME     X  
Maryland MD X      
Massachusetts MA     X  
Michigan MI X      
Minnesota MN X      
Mississippi MS     X  
Missouri MO X      
Montana MT X      
Nebraska NE     X  
Nevada NV     X  
New Hampshire NH     X  
New Jersey NJ     X  
New Mexico NM     X  
New York NY     X  
North Carolina NC X      
North Dakota ND     X  
Ohio OH X      
Oklahoma OK     X  
Oregon OR X      
Pennsylvania PA     X  
Rhode Island RI     X  
South Carolina SC X      
South Dakota SD     X  
Tennessee TN X      
Texas TX X      
Utah UT     X  
Vermont VT     X  
Virginia VA X      
Washington WA X      
West Virginia WV     X  
Wisconsin WI X      
Wyoming WY     X  
American Samoa AS     X  
District of Columbia DC     X  
Guam GU     X  
Northern Mariana Islands MP     X  
Puerto Rico PR     X  
U.S. Virgin Islands VI     X