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BSN - Nursing Pre-licensure Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Pre-licensure Program

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Paper and NursingCAS applications will be accepted for the BSN and PN programs for Fall 2017.

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Nursing admission dates: 
Early admission deadline - October 28,  2016 - extended to 11/15/2016
Regular admission deadline - January 27, 2017
Late admission deadline - May 6, 2017
All highly qualified candidates can apply from October 28, 2016-May 6, 2017.  

This program is designed for students who have chosen to pursue a career as a professional nurse. The purpose of the bachelor’s degree nursing program at Davenport University is to prepare the graduate with the skill and knowledge necessary to function in the role of the professional nurse through the use of critical thinking, advanced assessment skills, communication, collaborating practices, applied research, self-directed learning, leadership and management skills, systems thinking, and professional development. This program prepares graduates for nursing practice across the continuum of care and in communities.

Length of Program:

  • BSN-PL Grand Rapids (120 Credits) – One full cohort of 50 students accepted in the fall of each year. 
  • BSN-PL Warren (120 Credits) – One full cohort of 60 students accepted in the fall of each year. 
  • BSN-PL Lansing (120 Credits) – One full cohort of 32 students accepted in the fall of each year
  • BSN-PL Midland (120 Credits) – One full cohort of 60 students accepted in the fall of each year.  

Program Outcomes:

  • Graduate Satisfaction 96%
  • Employment 89%
  • Student Satisfaction 5.38 on a scale of 1-7

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.

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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.

Student/Graduate Learning Outcomes – Characteristics of the Graduate


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.

Admission Requirements:

    • Davenport University Application
    • Official Transcripts from Colleges, Universities or Nursing Programs (if applicable)
    • Nursing Program Application
      • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • Two Professional References
      • Personal Statement (Essay)
      • Completion of ATI TEAS/TEAS V 

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

Associate Dean of Nursing: Amy Stahley MSN, RN

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: Deb Bosworth, MSN, RN

Campus Faculty:  Janine Blakeslee MSN, RN Margaret Smith, MSN, RN, Julie Polanic, MSN, RN


Associate Chair: Shannon Krolikowski, MSN, RN

Campus Faculty:  Sarah Brooks, MSN, RN

Simulation Lab Coordinator: Michelle Hagstrom, MSN, RN

Campus Faculty: Deanna Dubay, MSN, RN, Margaret Hovey 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 Blondin. MSN, RN, Lynette Zigo, MSN, ANP-BC


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 Dean: Kelly McCarron, Ed.D,OTR/L

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

Online Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Karen Benjamin