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Achieve Success in Nursing with a DU BSN 

The growing demand for highly qualified nurses led to the creation of our Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing (Basic RN, Pre-licensure) degree which provides you with a broader skill set than a technically-trained nurse. Our BSN curriculum teaches the professional and clinical skills you’ll need to be a preferred candidate, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Collaborative practices
  • Clinical excellence
  • Patient electronic medical records
  • Quality and safety 
  • Systems thinking

In 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported registered nursing salaries ranged from $44,410 and $67,720, with higher salaries (up to $95,000) in certain specialties or type of practice.

Are You Eligible for Advanced Standing?

You're eligible if you:

  • Are a nursing major
  • Have an associate’s degree
  • Have a current RN license

Eligible students receive the equivalent 64 credit hours for:

  • Health related classes
  • All required biology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • All associate degree nursing courses

Are You Eligible for a Special Tuition Discount?

If you are employed by a hospital with Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) membership, you qualify for a 20% tuition discount.

In-Demand Careers

In February 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS) named Registered Nurse as the highest growth occupation through the year 2020. Davenport's comprehensive, relevant curriculum will qualify you for a wide range of careers, such as:

  • Floor Nurse
  • Private Practice Nurse
  • Nursing Informatics 
  • Forensic Nursing 
  • Legal Nursing Practice
  • Acute Care Nursing 
  • Military Nursing 
  • Nursing Education (hospital-based)
  • Nursing Faculty (university-based) 
  • Public Health Nursing

The DU Advantage

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • One-on-one relationships with faculty
  • Faculty members who are working professionals in the fields they teach
  • High-quality coursework
  • Online state-of-the-art technology and support

Why Davenport?

We know you have many choices. But we also know that nobody works harder to get you where the world is going. When you choose Davenport, you’ll get:

  • The national reputation of Davenport’s curriculum and instructors
  • A broad range of organizations across Michigan and the nation that regularly hire DU graduates
  • Credit may be available for eligible previous health services training and experience 
  • Previous credits for coursework (not exact equivalents of DU courses) may be awarded
  • 120 hours of hands-on experience in the health care field before graduation

Already an RN?
Consider Our Bachelor’s Completion Program

If you are currently a licensed registered nurse seeking a bachelor’s degree to advance, we offer a unique BSN RN completion program.

Similar to the BSN pre-licensure program, the BSN completion program is an exclusively online program. We understand the convenience and flexibility a busy nursing schedule may demand. The BSN completion program prepares you to advance with essential skills to complement your clinical skills, such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Applied research
  • Self-directed learning

You also have the option to complete a specialty in medical case management in place of nursing electives as part of your completion program.

The completion program is approved by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.

Want More?

The DU BSN is the perfect complement to our new Master of Science degree(MSN) in Nursing. Ask your enrollment advisor early if you are considering going on to the graduate level.

STAR Program® University Certification

Davenport is the first university in the nation to offer the STAR Program University. The online program provides leading-edge comprehensive training in cancer rehabilitation for healthcare professionals including nursing and allied health.

The program enables you, as a current professional, to advance your knowledge and clinical skills in the rapidly expanding areas of survivorship training and cancer rehabilitation that have many unmet needs. You will become STAR Clinician® Certified upon completion of the 10 three-hour online STAR Program University Training Modules and graduation from DU—providing you an important distinction on your resume in the healthcare marketplace.

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Full Curriculum


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.

Program seats are limited and entry is competitive.  Students are admitted to the program based on their cumulative GPA, TEAS score, science and math GPA, professional recommendations, and a personal essay.  Students who meet admissions criteria will be provisionally admitted to the program pending completion of the Criminal Background Check (CBC) and Drug Screen (DS).

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requirements must be met based on the catalog year of acceptance to the BSN Nursing Pre-Licensure program.

***Which class should I take? When should I take it? Please click here for the program sequence. (pdf download)


Foundations of Excellence34 cr.
BIOL110Foundations of Cell Biology3 cr.
BIOL110LFoundations of Cell Biology Lab1 cr.
BIOL221Anatomy and Physiology I3 cr.
BIOL221LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1 cr.
BIOL222Anatomy and Physiology II3 cr.
BIOL222LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1 cr.
CHEM150Foundations in Chemistry3 cr.
CHEM150LFoundations in Chemistry Lab1 cr.
COMM120Presentation Techniques3 cr.
ENGL109Composition3 cr.
ENGL110Advanced Composition3 cr.
MATH125Intermediate Algebra3 cr.
PSYC101Introductory Psychology3 cr.
STAT219Introduction to Biostatistics 3 cr.
Foundations of Health Professions20 cr.
BIOL211Microbiology3 cr.
BIOL211LMicrobiology Lab1 cr.
BIOL312Pathophysiology4 cr.
HLTH101Introduction to Health Careers3 cr.
HLTH230Health Care Law and Ethics3 cr.
PSYC303Psychosocial Health Concerns3 cr.
SOSC201Diversity in Society3 cr.
Major66-79 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.
NURS250Nursing Care of Adults I4 cr.
NURS250LNursing Care of Adults I Lab1 cr.
NURS250CNursing Care of Adults I Clinical3 cr.
NURS315Health Promotion and Education3 cr.
NURS317Health Assessment in Nursing3 cr.
NURS317LHealth Assessment in Nursing Lab1 cr.
NURS325Mental Health Nursing Across the Lifespan3 cr.
NURS325CMental Health Nursing Clinical1 cr.
NURS334Nursing Care of Adults II4 cr.
NURS334LNursing Care of Adults II Lab1 cr.
NURS334CNursing of Adults II Clinical4 cr.
NURS355Nursing of Childbearing Family4 cr.
NURS355CNursing Childbearing Family Clinical2 cr.
NURS370Nursing Care of Children4 cr.
NURS370LNursing Care of Children Lab1 cr.
NURS370CNursing of Children Clinical2 cr.
NURS415*Evidence Based Nursing Practice2 cr.
NURS427Community Health Nursing (PL)3 cr.
NURS427CCommunity Health Nursing Clinical (PL)2 cr.
NURS433Nurse Manager and Leader (PL)2 cr.
NURS433CNurse Manager and Leader Clinical (PL)3 cr.
NURS496Senior Nursing Seminar2 cr.
Complete the optional Medical Case Management Specialty [CMS] (13) cr.
MCMG300Case Management Fundamentals3 cr.
MCMG312Case Management Insurance/Utilization Review3 cr.
MCMG401Case Work Reporting Techniques4 cr.
MCMG403Case Management Special Populations3 cr.