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Nursing Department

 Fall 2019 Nursing Applications are available now through NURS CAS.  

Please contact an admissions representative for details on how to apply or select application process below for instructions on how to apply to the DU Nursing program. 

Application Process

Before beginning the application process, we recommend you review the Davenport University application, the DU Nursing paper application (BSN completion & concurrent students only) and/or the NursingCAS application information as well as talk with an Admissions Representative to ensure you are ready to apply.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are received prior to the published deadline date for candidate consideration. All application materials become the sole property of the Davenport University - Mable Engle Nursing Program.

General Information for the Nursing CAS Application

The NursingCAS application will require you to electronically fill out the application, submit an essay, provide the email addresses of your two recommenders, and enter other demographic information. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Before Beginning Your Application, You May Find It Helpful To:

  • Request your official transcripts be sent from your school(s) directly to the Davenport University Registrar at or by mail at:  Davenport University Registrar, 6191 Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Identify the names to provide your Letters of Reference. Also  secure accurate email addresses for both references who will complete and return the  NursingCAS reference form electronically to NURS CAS.

  • Have a credit/debit card number ready for payment of the NursingCAS application fee when you’re ready to submit your application. 

    • Undergraduate Fee:
      • First Program $50.00, Each
      • Additional Program $35.00
    • Graduate Fee:
      • First Program $70.00, Each
      • Additional Program $40.00

For questions related to the NursingCAS application, please contact NursingCAS support at 617-612-2880, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Eastern Standard Time, or at:

Admission Deadlines for fall 2019:

Early Admission - Friday, November 2, 2018, Includes Direct Admit candidates for Lansing and Grand Rapids campuses. 
Regular Admission - Friday, February 8, 2019
Late Admission if seats available
Our application process includes three review dates following application deadlines.  Historically, seats at the Grand Rapids location fill during the early and regular admission deadline. Highly qualified candidates are encouraged to apply early for our competitive program. 

Admission Requirements:

Davenport University Registrar
6191 Kraft Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49512
  • Two References- Submit to Nursing CAS under Supporting Information section you will find a link to email your references forms.

  • Personal Statement- Submit to Nursing CAS under Program Materials.

    • Approximately 500 words in length and  demonstrate critical thinking,  describe any previous experiences or examples to help support your  statement.   It should address "What will make me successful in  Davenport's  Nursing Program.” 

  • ATI TEAS Exam - For more information on the TEAS test and registration please refer to this page 

    • TEAS scores will upload from ATI to the DU Registrar upon completion of the exam at a DU testing site.  Students that test elsewhere will send official transcripts to the DU Registrar via ATI.

  • Background Information - Submit to Nursing CAS under the Personal Information section, please answer the required questions

 Application Process:

  1. NEW STUDENTS Apply to Davenport University at obtain a student ID number)

  2. ALL STUDENTS Apply to Davenport University Nursing program through NursingCAS (The Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs).  The application process, instructions, required documents, supplemental information, and fees are described on the NursingCAS web page:

  • Fall 2018 Nursing Application will be available August 25, 2017

 NursingCAS Questions:

More Questions/Helpful Links:

Frequently asked questions:

Interactive module regarding the application process:

Nursing Department

Mable Engle Nursing Programs

The Mable Engle Nursing Programs (Nursing Program) comprises one of the four divisions within the College of Health Professions. The Nursing Programs include MSN, BSN-Completion, Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Pre-licensure (BSN-PL) and Diploma in Practical Nursing (PN). There are currently four locations throughout Michigan for in-seat instruction, as well as online, offering the Nursing curriculum. The program is offered in Grand Rapids, Warren, Lansing and Midland. The composition of the nursing student body at each location reflects its surrounding community in terms of race and ethnicity.

For more information, please refer to the Davenport University Undergraduate Catalog, Graduate Catalog and the College of Health Professions Handbook.


Faculty and Staff

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  semesters. Help future nursing students "get where the world is going" and apply to be an adjunct today.

Associate Dean: Amy Stahley PhD, MSN, RN

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

Nursing Administrative Assistant: Molly Berzley


Associate Department Chair: Deb Bosworth, MSN, RN

BSN Completion/Concurrent Faculty:  Kelli Leask, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Campus Faculty:

Janine Blakeslee MSN, RN

Margaret Smith, MSN, RN

Julie Polanic, MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Shellie Raisanen, MSN

VBSN Transition Course Faculty: Rebecca J. Ventura MSN, RN, RMA (AMT)


Associate Department 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

VBSN Transition Course Faculty: Rebecca J. Ventura MSN, RN, RMA (AMT)

Great Lakes Bay-Midland

 Associate Department Chair: Deanna Dubay, MSN, RN

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

Campus Faculty: 

Margaret Hovey MSN, RN,

Sarah Brooks, MSN, RN


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

Associate Chair, BSN-C Online: Rebecca Ventura/ Kelli Leask 

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

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

Online Graduate Faculty: Dustin Spencer, DNP, NRP, RN, PMHS, NP-C, ENP-BC

Online Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Karen Benjamin