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Get Started in the Nursing Profession

There has never been a more positive outlook for career options and earnings in the field of nursing than today – with an equally bright outlook ahead. Our Practical Nursing diploma* program prepares you for nursing licensures, certifications and professional registrations. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS)reported in 2012 that Michigan wages for LPNs ranged from $40,842 to $42,438. BLS data also projects that LPN positions will grow 22% between now and 2020.

Davenport’s LPN diploma offers:

  • Valuable internship and practicum experiences
  • Complete credit transfer for advanced nursing degrees

Your LPN diploma sets the stage to pursue an advanced nursing degree or for immediate post-graduation placement in entry level positions, such as: 

  • Private physician practices 
  • Extended care and nursing care facilities
  • Rehab facilities 
  • Private home care 
  • Hospitals
  • Urgent care centers

With an LPN diploma, you’ll be qualified to manage responsibilities including: 

  • Monitoring patient vital signs 
  • Administering basic care such as wound management 
  • Perform patient care measures (such as bathing, bandages, ambulatory assistance, etc.)  

Our curriculum is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission, Inc.

*See information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information.

In-Demand Careers (to Grow with!)

The Licensed Practical Nursing diploma is just one of our options. We offer a full range of nursing degrees. If you aren't sure which nursing credentials are right for you, just ask one of our advisors. Whichever program you choose, your future is bright!  As a DU nursing student, you will:

  • Learn from clinical specialists who are experts in the nursing field
  • Practice skills on state-of-the-art simulation mannequins and technical equipment
  • Learn in a culturally sensitive, holistic environment 
  • Focus on delivering quality and safe patient-centered care
  • Prepare for NCLEX Licensing exam (DU pass rates outscore the national average)
  • Learn in a variety of dynamic clinical settings

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
  • Specializing in careers of the future
  • Online best practice
  • State-of-the-art technology and support


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Full Curriculum


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.

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.

*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 the BIOL110 (3 credits) and BIOL110 (1 credit) which are the prerequisites to BIOL221/BIOL221L.  


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

Foundations of Excellence17 cr.
BIOL115Anatomy and Physiology with Human Disease I4 cr.
BIOL116Anatomy 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.

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