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Veteran's Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Get Credit for your Military Experience in Healthcare

Charice Hamber, MA (Bio)

Veterans Nursing Academic Advisor

office -734-943-2817

Renita Elder-Robinson, MSN, RN (Bio)

Veterans Nursing Coordinator & Faculty

Office: 734-943-2852

Davenport University’s new Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Nursing academic pathway is designed to help individuals who are experienced paramedic level certified medical military equivalent to LPN training, Medic 68W levels 10 and 20 and Corpsman to obtain a nursing degree and a position in the healthcare field. This academic pathway into the BSN-PL program will fast-track many medically trained military personnel by granting advanced standing for transcripted military training, credit by exam and through DSST and or CLEP.

Receive credit for your military training and combat military experience by applying for DU’s  VBSN pathway into the BSN-PL program today!  Davenport was the first university in Michigan to be awarded this grant and is one of only a select few universities in the country receiving this HRSA funded grant.  This funding supports our continued efforts to provide educational opportunities for veterans and military personnel.  Davenport has long been ranked as one of the top 30 most military-friendly schools in the nation.

Enrollment is now open for the third 15-student cohort beginning with the Fall 2016 semester at our Grand Rapids, Midland and Warren and Lansing campuses. Those students currently enrolled in DU’s BSN-PL program are not eligible.


Interested veterans and military members can begin the admissions process immediately by contacting Kian O'Donohue or by calling 855-382-3446.

Admission is competitive! We highly encourage beginning the evaluation process for admission as soon as possible!

Please see our Veterans on Campus training for faculty, students and staff (Funded by HRSA VBSN).

*This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF1HP26488, Veteran's Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program (VBSN) with initial funding 2013-2014 and recommended funding over four years at $1,217,446 at 100% of total program costs (excludes student tuition and fees).). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


Faculty and Staff

VBSN Funded personnel:

Dr. Karen Daley VBSN Project Director and Dean, College of Health Professions

Charice Hamber, MA (Bio): Veterans Nursing Academic Advisor

Renita Elder-Robinson, MSN, RN (Bio): Veterans Nursing Coordinator & Faculty

Charity Landrum, BS: Veterans to Bachelor of Science (VBSN) Student Researcher


Nursing Leadership Team:

Work for Davenport

At Davenport, we're always looking for the best and brightest to join our teaching team. Our students benefit from learning from professionals working in the field.

We have a number of positions open for adjunct faculty at several of our campuses for Spring/Summer and Fall 2015 semesters. Help future nursing students "get where the world is going" and apply to be an adjunct today.

Join Our Team

Chair: Amy Stahley MSN, RN

Nursing Administrative Assistant: Judy Potyraj


Associate Chair: Sue Offenbecker MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Deb Bosworth, MSN, RN

Campus Faculty: Janine Blakeslee, MSN, RN

Campus Faculty: Margaret Smith, MSN, RN


Associate Chair: Shannon Krolikowski, MSN, RN

Simulation lab/Clinical Coordinator:Michelle Hagsrom, MSN, RN

Campus Faculty: Sarah Brooks, MSN, RN

Campus Faculty: Deanna Dubay, MSN, RN


Associate Chair: Aleta Pillai PhD, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Vickie Welton, MSN, RN

Campus Faculty: Kimberly Garza, MSN, RN, Angela Berg FNP, RN


Associate Chair: Andrea Shaw MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Amanda Binge MSN, RN

Campus Faculty: Joanne Harrison, MSN, RN, Cherie Blondin, MSN, RN Sharon Long, MSN, RN, Lynette Zigo, MSN ANP-BC


Associate Dean: Kelly McCarron, Ed.D,OTR/L

Online Associate Chair: BSN-C Kelli Leask, MSN, RN

Online Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Karen Benjamin