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BSN - Nursing Pre-licensure Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Pre-licensure Program

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 64 students accepted in the fall of each year.  
  • BSN-PL Grand Rapids (120 Credits)- One full cohort of 32 students accepted for Winter semester start 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 36 students accepted in the fall of each year.  


Highly qualified PN graduates may apply to continue into the BSN PL program with 3 years to completion.

Upon admission to the BSN PL program students with an unrestricted PN license will be awarded 38 advanced standing credits.

Advanced standing credits will include those for:
ACES 100- Freshmen Seminar  
BIO 110- Foundations of Cell Bio
BIO 110L – Foundations of Cell Bio Lab
BIOL 221 – Anatomy & Phys I
BIOL 221L- Anatomy & Phys I Lab
COM 120 – Presentation Techniques
ENG 109- Composition
MATH 125 – Intermediate Algebra
PSYCH 101 – Intro to Psych
HLTH 230 – Health Care Law and Ethics
SOC 201 – Diversity in Society
NURS 101 – Foundations of Nursing 
NURS 101C – Foundations of Nursing
NURS 135 – Nutrition in Nursing

To apply students will complete the application for admission (send transcripts) and to the nursing department for the BSN PL which will include TEAS testing, Essay, Letters of recommendation, and Practical Nursing License evidence in NursingCAS.

High School Direct Admit / BSN Pre-Licensure Program

The High School Direct Admit/ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure (BSN-PL) Program at Davenport University is an exclusive opportunity for high school graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

This program is designed to reward high school students who have achieved high academic excellence! The Direct Admit Program is unique as it offers high-performing students the opportunity to earn admission into the Nursing Program directly out of high school - no TEAS test, no essay and no letters of recommendation required!

High School Direct Admit / BSN Pre-Licensure Requirements:

  • Students must be admitted to DU for the Fall semester of the same year they graduate.  Example:  Admitted to DU for Fall 2018 as a 2018 high school graduate.
  • Requirements:
    • Official high school transcript - minimum 3.50 GPA
    • SAT 1160 or above (based on composite score out of 1600)
    • Completed NursingCAS Application for program admission.
  • High School Direct Admit Nursing seats are offered at the following Davenport University campuses:  Midland, Warren, and Lansing.  Apply now! 

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.

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)
  • Completion of ATI TEAS
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • NURS CAS  Program Application
    • Two professional references
    • Professional statement

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/Associate Chair BSN-C/MSN Online: Aleta Pillai PhD, RN

Department Chair for Nursing: Tracy Alberta MSN, R


Associate Department Chair: Deb Bosworth, MSN, RN

BSN Completion/Concurrent Associate Department Chair:  Aleta Pilia PhD, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Shellie Raisanen, MSN

Campus Faculty: Janine Blakeslee Ed.D., RN, CNE, Margaret Smith, MSN, RN, Julie Polanic, MSN, RN, Jessica Peck MSN, RN, Heather Kooiker MSN, RN, Amanda ALmedar MSN, RN, Cassandra Cummings DNP

Great Lakes Bay-Midland

Associate Chair: Deanna Dubay, MSN, RN

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

Campus Faculty:  Margaret Hovey MSN, RN, Sarah Brooks, MSN, RN


 Associate Chair: Cherie Reitzel MSN, RN

Simulation Lab/Clinical Coordinator: Amanda Binge MSN, RN

Campus Faculty: Sharon Long PhD, RN, Lynette Zigo, MSN, ANP-BC, Thelma M. Phillips, PhD, RN


Associate Chair: Kim Garza DNP, RN

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

Campus Faculty: Angela Elenbaas, FNP, RN, Kelli Baumgartner, MSN-Ed, RN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Tabitha Keiffer MSN, RN



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

Associate Chair, BSN-C/MSN Online: Aleta Pillai PhD, RN

Associate Chair Online MSN/FNP: Kelli Leask, MSN, APRN,  FNP-C 

Online Teaching and Learning Coordinator: Karen Benjamin MSN RN, Georgia Elmassian MSN, RN

MSN/FNP Online 

Associate Dean/Associate Chair BSN-C/MSN Online: Aleta Pillai PhD, RN

Faculty and Clinical Coordinator: Marlo Schepers, MSN, RN, FNP-C MSN/FNP

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

Online Graduate Faculty: Annette Mannion MSN, CRNP, IBCLC,