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Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing

What is the VBSN?


Davenport University’s Veterans Bachelor of Science Nursing (VBSN) academic pathway is designed to help service members with military medical experience. This academic pathway into the BSN-Pre Licensure program will fast-track many military personnel by granting advanced standing for transcripted military training or credit by exam. Only honorably discharged service members are welcomed into this highly competitive academic pathway if they can maintain the highest standards of excellence that are outlined in the VBSN Student Contract

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Who funded this?


This project was supported 2013-2019 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF1HP26488 and title "Veterans to BSN Program." The Pathway created by this grant continues as an option military medically trained students who are interested in nursing. For information on how to apply see below.

How can I get credit?


Military personnel who have been honorably discharged and have experienced paramedic level certified medical military training equivalent to LPN training, Medic 68W levels 10 and 20, and Navy Corpsman have the potential to obtain an accelerated nursing degree. Academic credit is available through CLEP, ACCUPLACER, DSST, and placement exams and through military credit transfer.

As of October 2015, Davenport University has begun to partner with the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) to provide incoming military students with the most advanced standing possible. Every Davenport academic college has worked extensively with the VBSN team and METC to give every military student the highest amount of advanced standing in their major of choice. Davenport University does not give generic academic credit for military credit; rather, the University gives personalized credit to each service member. The Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) team and the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) are dedicated to educating service members and providing them with the highest amount of credit for their military service. 

If you are a METC graduate or METC transfer student, view a partial list of the METC transfer credits available here.


Testing Options
ENGL 109/110 English Placement into ENGL 110
(earn credit for ENGL 109)
ENGL 110   - 
MATH 125 Math placement into MATH 135
(earn credit for MATH 125) 
 -   - 
CHEM 150/150L  -  COMM 120 NURS 125
BIOL 110/110L  - STAT 219  NURS 126
PSYC 101  -  - NURS 135

Why Davenport?


Davenport University has a long history of educating and helping service members. We’re ranked one of the top 30 military-friendly schools in the nation, and our dedicated Davenport team has received multiple awards, such as Yellow Ribbon, and Got Your 6. Our VBSN team is military, so we can relate to the difficult transition to civilian life, including navigating military benefits. We’ve had the privilege of serving 500+ veterans every year through a variety of services and academic programs. We are here to serve you. Let us show you how.

Enrollment is now open and admission is competitive!


We highly encourage beginning the evaluation process as soon as possible! 
To begin the application process or for more information, go the nursing application page.

This project was 2013-2019 supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF1HP26488 and title "Veterans to BSN Program" for $1,527,068, with 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.