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Health Careers

Do you want to work in the medical field? Health care occupations represent the greatest opportunities for employment in Michigan through 2018. Learn more about Health Careers in Michigan or you can research from ExploreHealthCareers.org.

Admission to any college or university does not guarantee admission to all programs. Additional application materials are usually required for health programs. You should contact the school for admission criteria. Training for a career in health can be done at a community college, a four year college/university or at a specialty training school. 

Health Science related careers:

  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutrition/Fitness
  • Dentistry/Dental Hygiene
  • Respiratory Care
  • Speech Pathology

Personal Characteristics: 

  • Conducting scientific research
  • Enjoy science and math courses
  • Promotion of health
  • Interest in learning about diseases
  • Interest in how the body works
  • Manage stressful situations

Health Programs in the West Michigan Area (REVISED 1/17/13)

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dental Assisting
Dental Hygiene
Nursing (RN)
Practical Nursing (LPN)
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Radiological Technology

Contact: Health Admissions (616) 234-4348
Website: Health Admissions

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Dental Hygiene
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Emergency Medical Technology (paramedic cert)
Medical Coding Specialist (certificate)
Medical Language Specialist (certificate)
Nursing (RN)
Practical Nursing (LPN)
Medical Administrative Assistant (certificate)
Medical Assistant Technology
Respiratory Care Practitioner

Contact: Counseling Office (269) 488-4123
Website: Health Careers

Kellogg Community College
Battle Creek, Michigan

Dental Hygiene
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Medical Lab Technology
Nurses Aide (CENA)
Nursing (RN)
Practical Nursing (LPN)
Physical Therapist Assistant
Radiography

Contact: Academic Advising (269) 965-4124
Website: Allied Health

Lake Michigan College
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Dental Assisting
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Medical Office Systems
Nursing (RN)
Paramedic
Practical Nursing (LPN)
Radiologic Technology

Contact: Health Sciences Department (269) 927-8100 x5090
Website: Catalog

Lansing Community College
Lansing, Michigan

Dental Hygiene
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Massage Therapy (certificate)
Medical Insurance/Billing Coding (certificate)
Nursing Aide/Assistant (certificate)
Nursing (RN)
Paramedic
Pharmacy Technician (certificate)
Phlebotomy Technician (certificate)
Practical Nursing (LPN)
Radiologic (Radiography) Technology
Sonography
Surgical Technology
Veterinary Technician

Contact: Health & Human Service Careers Department (517) 483-1410
Website: Academics or Nursing

Montcalm Community College
Sidney, Michigan

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Articulation with Jackson Community College)
DMS - Vascular Technology (Articulation with Jackson Community College)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
EMT Paramedic
Medical Assistant (certificate)
Medical Office Administration
Nurse Assistant (training only)
Nursing (RN)
Practical Nursing (LPN)
Phlebotomy (certificate)
Radiography

Contact: Counseling & Career Services (877) 328-2111 ext. 231
Website: Programs

Muskegon Community College
Muskegon, Michigan

Massage Therapy (certificate)
Nursing (RN)
Practical Nursing (LPN)
Respiratory Therapy

Contact: Counseling Center (231) 777-0362
Website: Academic Departments

4 YEAR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Athletic Training (4 year Health, PE, Recreation)
Nursing (4 year BSN; with University of Detroit Mercy)

Contact: Academic Advising Center (616) 732-4462 or (800) 678-9593
Website: Academics

Baker College
Muskegon, Michigan

Allied Health Technology (2 yr)
Emergency Medical Technician (Basic EMT & Paramedic)
Emergency Medical Services Management (2 year)
Health Services Administration (4 yr)
Medical Assistant (2 year)
Medical Insurance Specialist (certificate)
Medical Receptionist (certificate)
Nursing (2 yr RN; begins 2008)
Occupational Therapy Assistant (2 year)
Pharmacy Technician (certificate and 2 year)
Physical Therapist Assistant (2 year)
Radiologic Technology (2 year)
Rehabilitation Services (4 year - combines OTA and PTA)
Sterile Processing Technician (certificate)
Surgical Technology (2 year)
Therapeutic Massage (2 year)
Veterinary Technician (2 year)

Contact: Counseling Center (231) 777-5242 or (800) 937-0337
Website: Undergraduate Programs

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kinesiology (4 year)
Nursing (4 year BSN)
Recreation Therapy - Therapeutic Recreation (4 year)

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 526-7076 or (800) 688-0122
Website: Majors and Minors

Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Exercise Science

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 222-1426 or (800) 787-9778
Website: Kinesiology, Science and Math

Davenport University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Health Information Technology/Management (2 year and 4 year)
Health Insurance Claims Management (2 year)
Medical Assisting (diploma and 2 year)
Medical Assisting - Phlebotomy option (diploma and 2 year)
Medical Billing (diploma)
Medical Case Management (4 year)
Medical Coding (diploma)
Medical Transcription (diploma)
Nursing (4 year BSN)
Phlebotomy (diploma)

Contact: Grand Rapids Career Center (616) 245-3030 or (800) 491-3131
Website: College of Health Professions

Ferris State University
Big Rapids, Michigan

Clinical Lab Science (2 year and 4 year)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2 year)
Dental Hygiene (2 year)
Health Care Systems Administration
Health Care Information Management (2 yr and 4 yr)
Medical Lab Technology (2 yr and 4 yr)
Medical Records Clerk (certificate)
Molecular Diagnostics (4 year)
Nursing (4 year BSN)
Nuclear Medicine Technology (2 year and 4 year)
Optometry (Doctor of Optometry)
Pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy)
Radiography (2 year)
Respiratory Care (2 year)

Contact: Admissions Office (231) 591-5008 or (800) 462-8553
Website: Allied Health

Ferris State University-GR
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Health Care Systems Management (4 year)
Health Information Management (4 year)
Health Information Technology (2 year)
Nuclear Medicine (4 year)
Nursing (4 year BSN; post RN only)
Respiratory Care (2 year)

Contact: Admissions (616) 451-4777 or (800) 998-3425
Website: Statewide and Online

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan

Allied Health Sciences (4 year)
Athletic Training (4 year)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (4 year)
Exercise Science (4 year)
Fitness/Wellness (4 year)
Medical Imaging/Radiological Science (4 year)
Medical Lab Science (4 year)
Nursing (4 year BSN)
Occupational Therapy (masters)
Physician Assistant (masters)
Physical Therapy (clinical doctorate)
Therapeutic Recreation (4 year)

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 331-2025 or (800) 748-0246
Website: School of Health Professions or Kirkhof School of Nursing or
Movement Science

Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Athletic Training (4 year)
Exercise Science (4 year)
Nursing (4 year BSN)

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 395-7950 or (800) 968-7850
Website: Majors and Minors

Spring Arbor University (Grand Rapids campus)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Nursing (4 year BSN; post RN only)

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 974-0671 or (800) 968-0011 x4200
Website: Adult and Professional Programs

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Athletic Training/Physical Education
Blindness & Low Vision Studies (masters)
Dietetics (4 year; RD requires 10 month internship)
Exercise Science
Nursing (4 year BSN)
Occupational Therapy (masters)
Physician Assistant (masters)
Recreation
Speech Pathology and Audiology (masters)

Contact: Admissions Office (269) 387-2000
Website: Academics or College of Health and Human Services

OTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:

Blue Heron Academy
(888) 285-9989

Chiropractic Assistant
Clinical Nutrition
Diet & Weight Management
Herbal Medicine
Holistic Health Practitioner
Medical Massage Therapy
Personal Trainer
Practical Acupuncture

Everest Institute 
(formerly Olympia Training)
(616) 364-8464 or (888) 889-0013

Dental Assisting
Massage Therapy
Medical Administrative Assistant
Medical Assisting
Medical Insurance Billing/Coding
Pharmacy Technician
Practical Nurse

Great Lakes EMS Academy

Paramedic & EMT Training
CPR Training
Wilderness Training

Walker Medical Instructional Services
(616) 784-3001
Email: Amy

Nurse Aide (CNA)
Medical Terminology
Health Unit Coordinator
Patient Care Technician

Ross Medical Center

Medical Assistant
Medical Insurance Billing/Admin
Dental Assisting
Pharmacy Technician