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The practical nursing program at Davenport University is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. The Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare the graduate at the diploma level with the skill and knowledge necessary to function in the role of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The LPN uses the nursing process to meet the needs of patients in all age groupings. The LPN graduate will also use effective communication with members of the health care team, provide appropriate health teaching and serve as an advocate for both patient and families.

Upon acceptance of a nursing seat, the following courses within the Practical Nurse Diploma program are required to be completed at Davenport University (BIOL115, BIOL116). Credits for required biology courses will not be transferred after nursing seat acceptance.

*A grade of C+ or better is required for successful completion of all BIOL courses. Students who may eventually wish to submit an application to the BSN Pre-Licensure program are strongly encouraged to complete BIOL221 3 credits, BIOL221L 1 credit, BIOL222 3 credits and BIOL222L 1 credit instead of BIOL115 and BIOL116. You will also be required to complete BIOL110 3 credits and BIOL110L 1 credit which are the prerequisites to BIOL221/BIOL221L.

The Practical Nursing degree requirements must be met based on the catalog year of acceptance to the nursing program.

It is recommended that students take a Medical terminology class in preparation for acceptance to the Practical Nursing program.

The Department of Education requires Davenport University to provide certain information (Gainful Employment Disclosure) regarding this diploma program to aid students in making a decision to enroll. The Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this Diploma program can be found at professions/diploma/practical nursing diploma.

Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2018-2019 Recommended Program Sequence for Practical Nursing, Diploma and printable pdf download

Foundations of Excellence*17 cr.
BIOL115*Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease I4 cr.
BIOL116*Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease II4 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
PSYC101Introductory Psychology3 cr.
Foundations of Health Professions1 cr.
HLTH101SIntroduction to Health Careers Seminar1 cr.
Major28 cr.
NURS101Foundations of Nursing and Critical Thinking3 cr.
NURS101CFoundations of Nursing and Critical Thinking Clinical2 cr.
NURS125Pharmacology I2 cr.
NURS126Pharmacology II2 cr.
NURS135Nutrition in Nursing2 cr.
NURS144Nursing of Adults 4 cr.
NURS144CNursing of Adults Clinical4 cr.
NURS165Maternal and Child Nursing2 cr.
NURS165CMaternal and Child Nursing Clinical1 cr.
NURS175Geriatrics and Mental Health3 cr.
NURS195Practical Nursing Leader and Manager Capstone3 cr.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Gainful Employment Disclosure