‘Bringing Up Bates’: Is Micheal Bates Planning to Become a Nurse?

The Bates family has come a long way since fans were first introduced to them as friends of the Duggar Family. Boasting 19 kids, the Bates seemed to share a lot of the sane values as the Duggars, and they even seemed to have the same expectation for their kids. Things, however, have shaken out unexpectedly. Not only does the Bates family seem more liberal and wholesome than the Duggars, but fans are excited to see the Bates kids spreading their wings and achieving their dreams. Most recently fans went wild when Michael Bates, 29, suggested that she had her eyes on a career in the healthcare industry.

Do the Bates kids go to college?

While the Bates and Duggar families share a religion, there is one massive difference; the Bates family does allow their children to attend college if they are interested. Both Kelly Jo and Gil, the matriarch and patriarch of the family attended formal universities. In fact, the pair met while they were both enrolled in school.

The Whole Bates Family
The Bates Family (Photo by James Ambler / Barcroft USA / Getty Images)

Several of the Bates children have attended Christian universities, according to In Touch. Michael Bates attended online classes through Roane State Community College before she married Brandon Keilen in 2015. It is not known if she finished her degree, but it seems that she has had an interest in nursing for many years. She was enrolled at Roane State as a liberal arts major with a minor in health sciences.

What is Michael’s education plan?

Michael let it slip that she is currently in the process of saving money to attend an accredited nursing program. Now living in Chicago, Michael has plenty of excellent educational opportunities. According to Niche, Loyola University in Chicago, The University of St. Francis in Joliet and The University of Illinois at Chicago have top-rated nursing programs.

View this post on Instagram

My sis @chad_erinpaine tagged me to make an introduction post & I’m finally getting around to it! 1️⃣My middle name is Christan & Brandon’s middle name is Timothy! We are both 29 years old!2️⃣I received Jesus as my Saviour when I was 15 years old & I ❤️ Him with all of my heart! This is by far the greatest decision I have ever made. Brandon also surrendered his life to Christ in his teens.3️⃣Brandon & I married on August 15, 2015 after nearly 2 years of courting! (6 years of me crushing really hard. I fell in love with him at 19 on the very first day I met him.) He is my very best friend & I ❤️ the adventures we share. Marriage has been one of the greatest & most fulfilling gifts in life. Our days aren’t always perfect & sometimes we even cry together but I’m the most blessed girl alive & I’m so grateful that I can walk lifes journey by his side!4️⃣I earned my EMT-IV license when I was 21 & later graduated with a degree in medical health science. • Brandon majored in Biblical ministry. He is employed as a videographer & creative designer.5️⃣I took piano lessons for 9 years & harp lessons for 4 years. I’m not an accomplished musician but I ❤️ music! • Fun fact, Brandon played the euphonium in high school, & won nationals at a BJU music competition playing in a brass quintet. (He’s very modest about his accomplishments & I didn’t know about this award until after we married) He also plays piano, violin, guitar, & mandolin. He often plays hymns for me in the evening. This is one of my absolute favorite times of the day!6️⃣I enjoy reading, drinking coffee, journaling, being outdoors, taking walks/hikes with my hubby, & traveling. • Brandon enjoys videography, art, sketching,✏️ the great outdoors, traveling, creative design, & photography!7️⃣I’m the owner of a small, online sewing business. ✂️I design & hand-make baby items to save money for nursing school!‍⚕️• Brandon has written & illustrated a book for young teens. It’s with the printing press now & I can hardly wait for it to be released! This project has been a lot harder & taken so much longer than we first anticipated. We’re incredibly excited about its upcoming release! #details #soon

A post shared by Brandon <3 Michael (@brandon_michael_jn15) on

Michael has not shared what school she is interested in attending. The Tennesse native is still in the planning phase of her educational goals. Brandon Keilen works as a videographer for the Institute for Basic Life Principles, a controversial Christian ministry. He is also working on a children’s book that he is writing and illustrating.

Do Michael and Brandon plan to have children?

Michael and Brandon married in 2015 after two years of dating. While the adorable couple set out on their life together in Chicago shortly after their wedding, things haven’t been picture-perfect for the pair. Both Michael and Brandon have been vocal about wanting to have a family, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening for the couple.

The Keilens chronicled their heartbreaking infertility journey in several episodes of Bringing Up Bates. They are currently working with specialists to pinpoint the problem, but they continue to have difficulty conceiving. According to Knox News, the young couple is open to adopting if they can’t have biological children.