Davenport University Launches Three New Grad Degree Programs

Davenport University announced it is developing three new graduate degree programs for its College of Health Professions – a Master of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and the University’s first doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.

“We are excited to be developing these three new programs to help Davenport students get where the world is going in health professions,” said Dr. Linda Rinker, Executive Vice President for Academics and Provost. “Market research indicates continued job growth in these areas, which make them appealing programs for prospective students.”

The announcement follows approval by Davenport’s Board of Trustees to pursue development of these programs, subject to accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and other accreditation bodies. An inclusive process involving the University’s deans, faculty and curriculum committee was followed to recommend these programs for launch over the next 18 months.

The Master of Science in Nursing program is scheduled to launch with its first cohort of students during the Fall semester of 2012 (pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission), followed by the future launches of the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs.

“Our decision to create Davenport’s first doctoral program for Physical Therapy was driven by market research indicating that a doctorate will soon be required in this growing field of practice,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, President. “This is consistent with our mission to prepare people and organizations to excel in the knowledge-driven environment of the 21st century.”

About Davenport University
Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university with campuses across Michigan and online courses serving an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students. With tuition among the lowest of all private universities in the state, Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 40 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers. More information is available at