am currently in the pre-health track at Davenport University, Warren,
preparing for entry into the LPN program.
I am pretty
shocked by all the negative comments towards this school. Then
again, I didn't see any comments from anyone in the
health program. It is not true that anyone who takes
these classes will get an A. It is true that
a lot of exams are graded on a slight curve,
but still, this does not mean everyone ends up with
an A. I heard from a faculty member that about
120 people apply to the LPN program, but only 60
are accepted. I also personally know someone who had a
3.5 GPA from DU and was denied entry into the
nursing program at DU—she changed her major to something else
health-related as a result.
I am not in the nursing
program yet, but I find my Biology, A&P I and
A&P II professors to be quite knowledgeable on the material
they teach. It is true that they don't seem to
be the Gods of their subject though, but they are
well-versed in the material one needs to understand to do
well on the exam. If you throw the profs a
curve-ball question on the subject matter, they are probably not
going to know the answer. That is true. I don't
think they are all up to date on the latest
research, tests, and minute intricacies of the chemical workings of
the human body, but they know perfectly well all the
material one needs to know to get an A on
the exam. They also are very good at teaching this
material to the students. They make use of powerpoint slides
posted onto online websites, plastic anatomy models, miscroscope slides, diagrams,
pictures, study guides are given before exams, homework is assigned,
quizzes are given, and papers are assigned so that students
thoroughly understand the material. I think they do an excellent
job of teaching the necessary pre-health information.
The pace of
the classes is also slower than at most schools, so
that more students can thoroughly grasp the material. The teachers
seem to really care that everyone learns the material well
and they teach the material using multiple methods (e.g., quizzes,
homework, case studies, papers, study guides, powerpoint handouts; see above).
Exams are also mostly multiple choice to help students prepare
for the HESI A2 exam.
I love this school and
how it teaches this material. Perhaps the other majors at
this school aren't as strong. I can speak confidently as
to the quality of MY education though, because I know
I am learning more about A&P and Bio from this
school. The A&PII prof even is holding extra weekend classes
to prepare students for the HESI A2 exam. It's rare
for professors to go out of their way like that.
There is also student access to many journals, magazines, and
periodicals through the online library information center service (called LInC).
The classes are equipped with very new desks, chairs, computers,
and powerpoint screen setups. The buildings themselves are fairly new
too and kept clean. I also attended Macomb Community College
and can say that the teachers at DU teach the
material more thoroughly.
I know someone who graduated with a
BSN from DU and she was promoted to the Director
of Nursing position at the nursing home where she worked
and she also works as a contingent RN at a
hospital. I think this degree will be respected. My GPA
scores and NCLEX scores should prove that too.
also is no waiting list for this school like there
is at Oakland University.