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Take the Next Step: Master of Science in Nursing

The demand for master’s level nursing candidates will continue to grow. Many health care institutions are requiring a master’s degree for staff positions once held with a BSN. Increase the value of your BSN degree and set yourself apart by applying for the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

The DU Advantage

Davenport University is a global provider of degrees in business, technology and health professions. Through our unique online approach, Davenport gives you a high-quality education with the advantage of small (sometimes virtual) classes, experienced faculty and cutting-edge programs for today's most in-demand careers.

Convenient Online Curriculum

This is an online program, for convenience and flexibility. In addition to your online classes, you will participate in required clinical experiences. Our MSN program features:

  • Small, interactive online class sizes encourage collaboration and faculty support
  • Expert instructors in their fields, committed to the personalized attention you deserve.
  • Classes offered through BlackBoard®, the latest in innovative, user-friendly e-learning.

Courses reflect:

  • Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011)
  • Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates of Master’s Programs in Nursing (National League of Nursing 2010)

STAR Program® Training

Davenport is the first university in the nation to offer STAR Program® Training. The online program provides leading-edge comprehensive training in cancer rehabilitation for healthcare professionals including nursing and allied health.

The program enables you, as a current professional, to advance your knowledge and clinical skills in the rapidly expanding areas of survivorship training and cancer rehabilitation that have many unmet needs. Upon completion of the 10 three-hour online STAR® Training Modules and graduation from DU— you will have an important distinction of STAR® training on your resume in the healthcare marketplace. 

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Full Curriculum


The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Davenport University offers an advanced level of graduate study expanding on the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired at the baccalaureate or entry-level nursing education program. The core curriculum for this program reflects the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) and the Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates of Master’s Programs in Nursing (National League of Nursing, 2010).

Admission to the MSN program is competitive. We seek highly motivated nurses who have obtained their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and desire to further professional development to advance their career. Once students have been admitted into the program, they become members of a cohort. This means that the same group of students goes through the program together. The cohort experience provides the students with the opportunity to develop a sense of community with their classmates as they study, network, and support each other in the graduate learning experience. The cohort learning experience begins with a two day residency at the Grand Rapids W.A. Lettinga Campus and ends with another two day residency for the NURS795 MSN Special Project or NURS799 MSN Thesis.

The MSN Program is a 28-month program that begins once a year. Courses within the program are delivered entirely online except for the practicum components of NURS765 and NURS787 courses. Practicum sites for the NURS765C and NURS787C courses will be arranged for students based on students’ geographic locations.

# Students, in consultation with their MSN advisor, will choose two 3 credit graduate-level elective courses. An overall grade of B- or better must be achieved in these two courses.
** Upon discussion with MSN Advisor, Student will elect to conduct either a Special Research Project (NURS795) or do the traditional thesis (NURS799).


**Which class should I take? When should I take it? Please click here for a recommended program sequence.

Foundations of Advanced Nursing 9 cr.
NURS601 MSN Orientation Seminar 0 cr.
NURS600 Theoretical Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 cr.
NURS640 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 cr.
NURS670 Transforming Nursing Practice through Leadership, Policy and Advocacy 3 cr.
Advanced Nursing Core 9 cr.
NURS710 Advanced Pharmacology 3 cr.
NURS735 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 cr.
NURS740 Advanced Health Assessment 2 cr.
NURS740V Advanced Health Assessment Lab (Virtual) 1 cr.
Advanced Nursing Role 15 cr.
NURS765 Concepts of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 cr.
NURS765C Concepts of Advanced Nursing Practice/Clinical 3 cr.
NURS780 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning 3 cr.
NURS787 Role of the Nurse Educator 3 cr.
NURS787C Role of the Nurse Educator/Clinical 3 cr.
MSN Electives# - Select two courses from the following: 6 cr.
Simulation Electives (6) cr.
NURS782 Introduction to Simulation in Nursing Education 3 cr.
NURS783 Simulation Design, Development, and Evaluation 3 cr.
Education Electives (6) cr.
NURS784 Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation 3 cr.
NURS785 Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation 3 cr.
Business Electives (6) cr.
BUSN610 Management and Marketing 3 cr.
HCMG630 Health Care Organizations 3 cr.
HCMG730 Ethical and Legal Perspectives in Health Care 3 cr.
HRMG700 Managing Human Resources 3 cr.
HRMG750 Organizational Development and Training 3 cr.
Thesis/Capstone** - Choose one of the following: (0) cr.
NURS795 MSN Special Project 1 cr.
NURS799 MSN Thesis 1 cr.