Your nursing seat, guaranteed

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (120 credits)

Begin your path to a successful career as a nurse through the Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Pre-Licensure program at Davenport University. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) fully prepares you for licensing exams and builds a solid foundation for your future in nursing. In fact, we’re so confident our nursing program will lead you to a career as a nurse within six months of graduation that our nursing program qualifies for Davenport’s Employment Guarantee

Unlike some nursing schools, acceptance into Davenport's nursing program guarantees you a seat. This guarantee is made without a prerequisite requirement and ensures you aren't placed on a waitlist.

Davenport’s nursing degree is offered on our campuses in Warren, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Midland and is designed for students with no prior nursing experience. Grants and scholarships, including an $8,000 nursing scholarship, are available for our Warren, Lansing and Midland campuses.

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Davenport’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the gold standard of accreditation for nursing schools. CCNE accreditation means you can be assured of the quality and integrity of our nursing program. Earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program is especially important for admittance into grad school.  

Explore classes for Davenport’s nursing degree

Through this full-time nursing program, you’ll take a range of courses to prepare for a career as a nurse. You’ll receive advanced cardiac life support training and have the opportunity to explore two specialties during your medical/surgical rotation. Davenport’s supportive and caring nursing faculty and staff members get to know you and what you need to thrive. Learn from expert-level nurse educators, and benefit from dedicated mentors. They’ll create a customized Student Care Plan if needed to help you succeed in nursing school. 

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

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Admission Routes

Pre-Nursing to Direct Admit

Achieve a 3.0+ GPA in each of the following courses: 

  • ENGL 109
  • MATH 120/125
  • BIOL 110 & 110L
  • BIOL 221 & 221L
  • CHEM 150 & 150L
  • PSYC 101

Take at Davenport or transfer in the equivalent

*A pre-nursing student who does not pass a pre-nursing course with a 3.0+ GPA can opt to take the TEAS exam

Direct Admit

High school direct admit: 
  • GPA 3.5+ and 1160 SAT (24 ACT)


Military direct admit:

Military medic training/experience:

  • 68W level 10 or 20, Navy Corpsman or equivalent 


  • Submit TEAS exam scores 
    • Test of Essential Academic Skills by ATI 
    • Complete a short-answer critical thinking question 


    Credits for your experience toward nursing

    Customized and personal attention and care from nursing faculty
    100% of graduates are employed in nursing within six months
    Each campus has a $1M+ lab with state-of-the-art simulations
    The average nursing student is on campus for classes or at their clinicals three days per week

    Why a bachelor’s in nursing at Davenport University?

    Whether you’re coming from high school or community college or already working as an RN or ADN, there are many routes into Davenport’s nursing program. Whichever path you choose, you’ll have the one-on-one support of Davenport’s caring nursing faculty and staff. These and other differentiators of Davenport’s bachelor's in nursing lead to higher-than-average NCLEX exam scores and 100% employment in nursing. 

    Experience the Davenport difference:

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    Credit for experience

    Davenport will help turn your existing job in health care, transfer credits, military background and credentials into credits.


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    Guaranteed job in health care

    You’re guaranteed to launch a career as a nurse within six months of graduation through Davenport’s Employment Guarantee


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    Licensing exam prep

    Prepare to take — and pass — licensure exams with the help of nursing faculty who will coach you and give you extra assistance. 


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    Above-average scores

    Our graduates score higher than average on the NCLEX and are highly sought after by leading health systems across Michigan.


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    No waiting for experience

    Through the bachelor's in nursing program, you’ll start clinicals in your sophomore year so you receive three years of focused experience.


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    Finish in 4 years

    Unlike some nursing schools, you can finish your Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Davenport full-time in four years, not five. 


    Get started on your bachelor’s in nursing

    Explore the admissions requirements, and then take the next step toward earning your nursing degree at Davenport. 

    Talk to an admissions advisor

    Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600, or email us at

    Apply now or request more information

    Start on the road to a successful career as a nurse. Request more information or begin your application now.

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    About Davenport University 

    Davenport Campus

    Davenport is a private, not-for-profit university with more than 150 years of experience preparing students for successful careers.

    Offering over 80 degree and certificates programs, we align with top employers to design degree programs that help you gain the skills and real-world experience you need to rise above the rest. With small class sizes and campuses across Michigan or online, you’ll earn a quality education on your schedule at Davenport University.*

    Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off campus. 
    View a full list of those programs and courses


    Davenport University, 2023/2024 Catalog
    Davenport’s Employment Guarantee