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Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

The online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Davenport University offers an advanced level of graduate study expanding on the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired at the baccalaureate or entry-level nursing education program. The Master of Science in Nursing prepares post-licensure baccalaureate registered nurses in the advanced nursing role. The curriculum for this program reflects the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) and the Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates of Master’s Programs in Nursing (National League for Nursing, 2010).

Length of Program:


  • Generalist role (37 Credits) delivered part-time or full-time
  • Family Nurse Practitioner role (46 Credits) full time

he MSN program prepares the students in the advanced nursing generalist role to become skillful in analysis (critical thinking & reasoning), pathophysiological concepts, advanced health assessment skills, pharmacological principles and applications, evaluation of evidence, critique of research, and synthesis of literature to support best practices. Students develop and conduct research that contributes to nursing knowledge development. The students then learn how to critique research findings that answer nursing questions, solve nursing problems, and develop innovative nursing interventions for select nursing populations. Students complete clinical within a variety of settings where they develop leadership skills related to practice improvement.


The Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares the baccalaureate nurse to care for adults and children of all ages with essential focus on family and community. Graduates of this program will be able to provide health promotion and primary health care for families and individuals in the context of their families.  The Family Nurse Practitioner program focuses on continual and comprehensive, wellness and illness care for individuals across the lifespan to assist with illness management, health promotion, and health education. Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner students will be prepared to assume leadership roles for the targeted populations in the primary settings. Family Nurse Practitioners are prepared to provide care to individuals with acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of primary care practice settings such as clinics, outpatient services and more.
Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration the graduate will be eligible to seek certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, offered by American Nurses' Credentialing Center and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Following successful certification the graduate applies to the Department of Professional Regulation for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) for practice in their State.

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 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.

Student Learning Outcomes / Graduate Learning Outcomes

National standards and professional guidelines were used to develop the MSN learning outcomes and curriculum including the  American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nursing (AACN, 2011) and the Outcomes and Competencies for Graduates of Master’s Programs in Nursing (National League for Nursing, 2010). The student learning outcomes / graduate learning outcomes for the MSN program are as follows:

  • Synthesize concepts and theories from nursing and related disciplines and sciences to deliver advanced nursing care.
  • Integrate evidence-based knowledge, research, and clinical judgment to design, coordinate, and evaluate the delivery of care.
  • Integrate current and emerging health and information technologies effectively into one’s practice to enhance health outcomes.
  • Collaborate effectively within an interprofessional context to improve the delivery of care across the health care continuum.
  • Apply organizational and systems leadership strategies to promote high quality and safe patient care environments.
  • Advocate for policies at the local, state, and national levels to improve health and advance the profession of nursing.
  • Demonstrate beginning competency in advanced nursing role.

Admission Requirements

  • Must have a current, valid, and unrestricted licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a U.S jurisdiction or province of Canada
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Official transcripts from previous nursing  program
  • Resume
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 out of a 4.0
  • Professional 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") annually to remain in the program. 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 or clinicals. 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

Associate Dean: Amy Stahley MSN, RN

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

Nursing Administrative Assistant:Randi Koogler

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


Associate Chair- Lansing: Aleta Pillai, MSN, RN

Associate Chair Lettinga: Sue Offenbecker EdDc, MSN, RN

Associate Chair Midland: Shannon Krolikowski MSN, RN

Associate Chair Warren: Andrea Shaw MSN, RN

 Online Graduate Faculty: Jessica Abernathy, MSN, FNP

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

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