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New for Nursing: Centralized Application Service!

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Starting August 25, 2016 - NursingCAS

NursingCAS is a centralized admission system which will require students to submit their nursing application and supporting documents  in electronic format versus hardcopy/paper format.   The new CAS system process is scheduled to begin August 25, 2016 for new applicants.  The NursingCAS system is supported by AACN and offered by CCNE our accrediting agencies.  The fee for the BSN PL undergraduate program is $45.00 for the first submission and $30.00 for each additional submission.

Applications Open on NursingCAS:

The BSN Pre-Licensure, BSN Direct Admissions: Opens August 25.

  • Early Registration Deadline: October 28, 2016

  • Regular Registration Deadline: January 27, 2017

The BSN – Completion Program Opens August 25.

  • Rolling Admissions

The PN Program, PN Direct Admissions: Opens August 25.

  • Early Registration Deadline: October 28, 2016

  • Regular Registration Deadline: May 6, 2017

The MSN: Generalist/FNP Program: Opens August 25.

  • Registration Deadline: January 27, 2017

NursingCAS will not be used for the BSN Concurrent Programs. Paper applications will remain for this program ONLY.

Before beginning your application, you are highly encouraged to read both the DU and 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 as close to the published deadline as possible. 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, self-enter your ATI TEAS/TEAS V score, an essay, provide the email addresses of two recommenders, and enter other demographic information. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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

  • As part of the application, you will also request official transcripts from each institution you attended to be sent directly to NursingCAS for verification.

  • Identify the names and secure accurate email addresses for two recommenders who will fill out and return a NursingCAS reference form.

  • 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 $45.00, Each
      • Additional Program $30.00
    • Graduate Fee:
      • First Program $65.00, Each
      • Additional Program $35.00

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

NursingCAS Application:

  • Campus Preference: All four of our campus sites (Lansing, Lettinga, Midland, Warren). You will complete and submit only one (1) NursingCAS application. On that application you will designate your first choice of campus you would like to attend.

  • References: Under the SUPPORTING INFORMATION section of the NursingCAS application you will find a link to request references. Applicants must list two (2) professional references. Only electronic references are accepted by DU. The reference form will be sent to your recommenders as soon as you enter their email address into the application. Be sure to notify recommenders that they will receive a reference form from NursingCAS.

  • Personal Statement: Under the PROGRAM MATERIALS section of the NursingCAS application you will find a link to add a Personal Statement. The Personal Statement you submit should be approximately 500 words in length. You must demonstrate critical thinking, and describe any previous experiences or examples to help support your personal statement. You will upload this document to your NursingCAS application. The Personal Statement should address the following question:

  • BSN-PL, BSN Completion, and PN Programs

    -What will make me successful in Davenport’s Nursing Program

  • MSN: Generalist/FNP

    -Your purpose in pursuing the MSN program, past experiences, and future expectations

  • Test Scores: When and how many times should I take the TEAS?
    DU allows the ATI TEAS/TEAS V to be taken an unlimited amount of times but other schools will only take the first 2 or 3 score you take so be mindful of that. Please upload the one TEAS score to be considered. 

  • Background Information —Under the PERSONAL INFORMATION section OTHER INFORMATION - NursingCAS asks several miscellaneous questions including questions about past academic history, license infractions, and criminal violations. Space is provided for you to make comments and provide explanations.

Application Tips to Know:

  • You may save your work and return to your NursingCAS application as often as needed to complete the information prior to submission and the payment of the application fee.

  • You do not need to wait for references or official transcripts to be received before you submit your application to NursingCAS. Once your application is submitted, NursingCAS will continue to collect all required documents and attach them to your application.

  • You are highly encouraged to monitor the progress of your application through your NursingCAS account to ensure that all documents are received in a timely manner. Only complete applications can be considered for admissions.

  • Check the email account you listed on your NursingCAS application for any messages and updates. The majority of our communications will be sent to you by email to that account address.

    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 MSN, RN

Interim Department Chair for Nursing: Kelli Leask, FNP, MSN, RN

Nursing Administrative Assistant: Randi Koogler


Associate Chair: Sue Offenbecker  EdDc,MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator Lettinga: Deb Bosworth, MSN, RN

Faculty Janine Blakeslee MSN, RN

Faculty-  Margaret Smith, MSN, RN

Faculty Julie Polanic, MSN, RN

BSN-C- Faculty Online: Kelli Leask, MSN, RN


Associate Chair: Aleta Pillai PhD, MSN, RN

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

Campus Faculty:

 Kim Garza, MSN, RN

Angela Berg, FNP, RN

Kelli Baumgartner, MSN-Ed, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM


Associate Chair: Shannon Krolikowski MSN, RN

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

Campus Faculty: 

Margaret Hovey MSN, RN,

Sarah Brooks, MSN, RN

Deanna Dubay, MSN, RN

Beverly Cook, MSN, RN



Associate Chair: Andrea Shaw MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Amanda Binge MSN, RN

Campus Faculty:

Joann Harrison MSN, RN,

Sharon Long MSN, RN

Cherie Reitzel, MSN, RN

Lynette Zigo, MSN, ANP-BC


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

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

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

Graduate Faculty MSN: Jessica Abernathy, MSN, FNP, WHNP, Certified Midwife

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

Online Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Karen Benjamin