Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Completion

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (120 - 122 credits)

This online pathway is designed for currently licensed registered nurses who are seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The purpose of the bachelor’s degree nursing program at Davenport University is to prepare the graduates to advance in the nursing profession through the use of critical thinking, advanced assessment skills, communication, collaborating practices, applied research, self-directed learning, leadership and management skills. This program prepares registered nurses for nursing practice of patients and their support systems across the continuum of care and in communities.

Associate Degree in Nursing NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam passed Davenport University Credits BSN Completion Degree at DU
60 credits 30 credits 31 credits 121 credits

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Concurrent Pathway

This pathway is a unique partnership with local community colleges. It allows students to concurrently take Davenport BSN courses while enrolled at their local community college. This partnership gives students the chance to complete the BSN in as little as two semesters after graduating from the ADN program. As an added convenience, the courses required for Davenport’s BSN program are taught locally at the community college. 


BSN Concurrent Application

(BSN Concurrent Application is only for Community College Partnerships.)

BSN Concurrent (Associate Degree in nursing accepted with advanced standing per community college partnerships)

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 the 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.


Best Degree Programs' ranking was created by consulting the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator database to find private schools that offered online Bachelor's in Nursing or online RN to BSN degree programs. Schools were selected with undergraduate tuition under $25,000 per year and confirmed accreditation status. 

Graduate Learning Outcomes:

The following learning objectives were developed by the faculty with the use of nursing criteria referenced in the MI Public Health Code, The Michigan Board of Nursing Curriculum Rules, the DU Excellence System, adaption of Fawcett’s metaparadigm, and the ANA Code of Ethics.



Provide care appropriate to the scope of practice and ethical dimensions for one’s own actions according to the ANA Standards of Practice.

  1. Practices within an ethical and legal framework and standards of professional nursing practice.
  2. Models accountability and responsibility for one’s own actions, clinical judgments, and decision making.
  3. Demonstrates ethical and legal decision making surrounding health care dilemmas.
  4. Advocates and protects patients and organizational confidentiality.


Utilize evidence-based practice, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and the nursing process in collaboration with the interdisciplinary health care team.

  1. Assesses wellness, health needs, and risks of individuals, families, groups and communities.
  2. Plans and provides holistic, culturally-sensitive, safe, and effective therapeutic nursing interventions in collaboration with individuals, families, groups, and communities in multiple settings.
  3. Evaluates patient outcomes and the effectiveness of professional nursing practice.
  4. Revises plan of care as appropriate in collaboration with individual, family, group, community, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  5. Evaluates research and evidence-based information for application to nursing.


Engage in comprehensive, verbal, and written therapeutic communication skills to interact with patients.

  1. Incorporates therapeutic communication skills in interactions with individuals, families, groups and communities.
  2. Communicates effectively with individuals, peers, families, groups, communities, and members of the interdisciplinary health care team.
  3. Demonstrates appropriate college-level writing and verbal skills consistent with published expectations and standards.
  4. Utilizes technology for seeking, sorting, selecting, and presenting relevant information.


Manage holistic care for patients, families, and communities with complex health needs in a variety of settings.

  1. Distinguishes leadership and management roles in guiding members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  2. Formulates a consumer-oriented approach in the delivery of cost-effective care.
  3. Prioritizes therapeutic goals for providing quality care in collaboration with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  4. Delegates appropriate functions to licensed and non-licensed caregivers in a manner consistent with the Michigan Public Health Code- Nursing.
  5. Performs selected supervision activities related to the actions of licensed and non-licensed caregivers.

 Preadmission Requirements

  • Must possess a current active unencumbered and unrestricted  Registered Nurse License
  • Must have at least a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 from previous nursing program

 Admission Requirements

  • Must be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) or be completed with NCLEX exam by the end of the first semester.
  • Associate degree or diploma as a Registered Nurse. (RN)
  • Official transcripts from previous nursing program.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 from previous nursing program.
  • Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen Policy
  •              Complete Nursing Application
  •              Two professional recommendations
  •              Personal 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") at the time of declaring a major in the COHP. 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.

Faculty and Staff

BSN Completion Associate Chair For Online Nursing Program:  Kelli Leask, MSN, RN, FNP

Associate Dean: Amy Stahley PhD, MSN, RN

Department Chair for Nursing: Kelli Leask, APRN, MSN, FNP-C

Nursing Administrative Assistant: Molly Beals


Associate Department Chair: Deb Bosworth, MSN, RN

BSN Completion/Concurrent Faculty:  Kelli Leask, MSN, RN, FNP

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Shellie Raisanen, MSN

Campus Faculty: Janine Blakeslee Ed.D., RN, CNE, Margaret Smith, MSN, RN, Julie Polanic, MSN, RN

Great Lakes Bay-Midland

Associate Chair: Deanna Dubay, MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Michelle Hagstrom, MSN, RN

Campus Faculty:  Margaret Hovey MSN, RN, Sarah Brooks, MSN, RN


Associate Chair: Andrea Shaw MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Amanda Binge MSN, RN

Campus Faculty: Joann Harrison MSN, RN, Sharon Long PhD, RN, Lynette Zigo, MSN, ANP-BC, Thelma M. Phillips, PhD, RN


Associate Chair: Aleta Pillai PhD, MSN, RN

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

Campus Faculty: Kim Garza, MSN, RN, Angela Elenbaas, FNP, RN, Kelli Baumgartner, MSN-Ed, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM


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

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

Online Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Karen Benjamin 

MSN/FNP Online 

Associate Chair Online MSN/FNP: Jean Gordon DBA, MSN, MAAC, RN

Online Graduate Faculty: Jessica Abernathy   DNP, WHNP-BC, CNM, FNP-BC