Message from the Dean

Davenport University’s College of Health Professions prepares students to excel in the healthcare professions. As a college, we seek to maintain the highest level of accreditation and academic excellence within the healthcare disciplines. As part of the Vision 2025, the College prepares graduates who are job ready and exceed employers expectations at the highest level of quality and standards of excellence rooted in a foundation of forward thinking, innovation and creativity.

As a professional college, we incorporate the DU Excellence systems principles throughout the curriculum. The values of the college reflect the University’s values of serving students with quality, trustworthiness, accountability, innovation and creativity and respect for people. We operationalize these values within a healthcare framework through an emphasis on respect and care for the most vulnerable, with compassion, and striving for professional excellence in all we do to educate future healthcare professionals.

A variety College of Health Programs are offered on campuses state-wide. We offer the BSN in nursing in Grand Rapids Lettinga campusLansing, Midland , and Warren with Medical Assisting at Lettinga and Lansing. As we work to prepare interprofessional education experiences, we have begun incorporating interdisciplinary simulations throughout the health profession curriculum.

We continue to use the Davenport model to develop leading-edge healthcare programs to meet the needs of our students and the emerging healthcare economy. Our new Master of Science Occupational Therapy which launched in the Fall of 2014. This program uniquely addresses the current healthcare needs through state of the art graduate curriculum and practice-based education prepares students to be exceptional practitioners in Occupational Therapy. Another new program launched in 2014 is the Master in Health Informatics and Information Management Management. This program is an interdisciplinary graduate program providing a unique blend of business, technology and health care education to prepare leaders in current health systems environments. In Fall 2015, the MSN degree was added the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration as an option in the graduate program with the Nurse Educator concentration launched in Fall 2019.


Dr. Karen M. Daley

Dean, College of Health Professions