According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of nurses needed to serve the U.S. population will grow from 2.74 million in 2010 to 3.45 million in 2020. Currently, there are not enough nurses graduating to fill this need.
Davenport University’s bachelor of nursing concurrent enrollment program is helping to address this shortage by preparing more nurses to enter the workforce in Michigan.
“This program is a fantastic opportunity for nursing students to quickly advance their degrees and increase their earning potential with Michigan’s highest performing hospitals,” said Dr. Richard J. Pappas, president of Davenport University.
On May 7, 2019, Davenport signed agreements with Mid Michigan College (Mid) and West Shore Community College (WSCC) to offer the concurrent enrollment program to nursing students at the two schools.
“Beyond this agreement, Davenport and Mid both share a strong history of responding to the needs of our communities and providing access to an affordable education,” said Dr. Christine M. Hammond, president of Mid Michigan College.
The program provides students who are working toward an associate of applied arts and sciences degree in nursing with the opportunity to simultaneously earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN).
Students from WSCC and Mid can now formally enroll in Davenport’s bachelor of nursing concurrent enrollment program. The students will take classes at Davenport and their base institution to receive their BSN just three semesters after earning their associate degree.
“I’m excited about this latest partnership with Davenport University,” said WSCC President Scott Ward. “We are committed to working together with our communities and other educational institutions to ensure students have the best possible pathway to success.”