Master of Science in Nursing
- Program Outcomes
- Admission Requirements
- Faculty and Staff
- Program Curriculum
- Recommended Program Sequence
- MSN Research Guidebook
- Graduate Academic Catalog
The Mable Engle Nursing Program (Nursing Program) comprises one of four divisions within the College of Health Professions: Masters of Science in Nursing (on-line), Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Completion (on-line), Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Pre-licensure (BSN-PL), and Diploma in Practical Nursing (PN). There are currently three locations throughout Michigan for in-seat instruction, as well as online offering of the Nursing curriculum for the MSN and BSN-Completion. The current sites include campuses located in Grand Rapids, Warren, and Midland. The composition of the nursing student body at each location reflects its surrounding community in terms of race and ethnicity.
Length of Program:
- MSN (39 Credits) delivered part-time or full-time
- Foundational Knowledge, 9 credits
- Direct Care Core, 15 credits
- Advanced Nursing Role, 9 credits
- Graduate electives, 6 credits
- Research project or thesis
- Practicum experience, 135 hours
Mable Engle Nursing Program Philosophy
The multifaceted roles of the practical and professional nurse are taught at Davenport University and include care provision, communication, management, and scope of practice. Theoretical foundations shape the curricula and guide the nursing education. The Davenport University Nursing Program is a dynamic system that provides for the educational growth and development of the nursing student. An adaptation of Fawcett’s metaparadigm is utilized and includes person, environment, health, and nursing.
- Person - The concept of person refers to the individual or individuals as part of culture, family, community or aggregate groups who interact with the nurse in a therapeutic manner.
- Environment -The environment is made up of the physical surroundings and the settings in which the person interacts with society as a whole. This integrates the totality of social, cultural, and religious foundations and influences. Individuals are affected by environment and, in turn, have the ability to effect the environment.
- Health - The health continuum from birth to death includes physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual elements. Wellness describes the function of a person at his or her maximum potential.
- Nursing - Nursing is a caring profession that is guided by the ANA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Nursing is not limited to physical care but incorporates the promotion, protection, and optimization of health. Nursing practice is guided by research which contributes to the delivery of evidence-based practice.
National standards and professional guidelines were used to develop the MSN learning outcomes and curriculum including the Public Health Code Act 368 of 1978 as amended from the State of Michigan; American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (AACN, 2011); the American Nurses Association (ANA) Nursing Administration: Scope & Standards of Practice; AACN’s recommendations for Graduate Roles, and Advanced Role Competencies for The Nurse Administrator or Manager; and the Outcomes and Competencies for the Graduate of Master’s Programs in Nursing (NLN, 2010). The learning outcomes for the MSN program are as follows:
- Synthesize concepts and theories from nursing and related disciplines and sciences to deliver advanced nursing care
- Integrate evidence-based knowledge, research, and clinical judgment to design, coordinate, and evaluate the delivery of care.
- Integrate current and emerging health and information technologies effectively into one’s practice to enhance health outcomes
- Collaborate effectively within an interprofessional context to improve the delivery of care across the health care continuum
- Apply organizational and systems leadership strategies to promote high quality and safe patient care environments.
- Advocate for policies at the local, state, and national levels to improve health and advance the profession of nursing.
- Demonstrate beginning competency in advanced nursing practice role.
- Must have a current, valid, and unrestricted licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a U.S jurisdiction or providence of Canada
- Two professional recommendations
- Official transcripts from previous nursing program
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 out of a 4.0
- Professional essay
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Policy
All students in the Davenport University College of Health Professions (the "COHP") are required to submit to criminal background check and drug screening (collectively, the "Testing"). The results of the Testing (the "Results"), which shall remain confidential, shall be used by the COHP to approve or disapprove of a Student for enrollment or continued enrollment in the COHP, and/or eligibility for training programs, clinical or practicum. The Testing shall be completed by registering for the appropriate course and completing the entire testing process in the course. Each student is responsible for acknowledging and explaining positive Result(s) after completing the process. A student will be dismissed from the COHP if he or she refuses to consent to the Testing. The cost of the Testing is the part of the course fee and is the responsibility of the student.
Associate Dean: Sandra Welling PhDc, RN, CCM, PAHM
Chair: Amy Stahley MSN, RN
Nursing Administrative Assistant: Judy Potyraj
Associate Chair Online (BSN Completion and MSN): Kari Luoma MSN, RN
Associate Chair Lettinga: Sue Offenbecker MSN, RN
Associate Chair Midland: Aleta Pillai PhDc, RN
Associate Chair Warren: Andrea Shaw MSN, RN
Regional Accrediting Body
- Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
National Accrediting Body (Candidacy)
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326