The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the undergraduate curriculum is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Baccalaureate Essentials. It focuses on the student’s role development as 1) provider of care; 2) designer, manager and coordinator of care; and 3) member of the profession. Students graduating from the KCON baccalaureate program are expected to display the following outcomes:
KCON teaching and learning practices, curricula and learning environments are designed based on our philosophy of nursing education and organizing framework, to foster the behaviors that faculty believe are most important for the roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of the profession. These include:
Grand Valley’s nursing program focuses on evidence based nursing practice. Students are prepared to provide nursing interventions for individuals, families, and communities at a beginning, generalist level and will complete five semesters of clinical coursework. Nursing courses are not held during the summer for students in the traditional program.
Clinical courses use multiple teaching methods, including hands on learning, in a variety of health care settings. Students will receive instruction and gain knowledge in our learning labs, through simulation exercises, and in clinical experiences. KCON offers multiple clinical rotations in such areas as medical/surgery, mental health, obstetrics, pediatrics, long term care, and community health; students will complete approximately 1,260 clinical hours throughout the undergraduate experience. These rotations may include settings in:
Some students, based on interest and opportunity, can earn credit towards their community health clinical obligations through a two week faculty-lead study abroad trip to Ghana. This program offers an intercultural nursing experience that provides students with an opportunity to compare and contrast different community-based health care systems. For more information, Click Here.
Upon completion of the BSN program, graduates are eligible for licensure as a registered nurse and entry into professional nursing practice. Once admitted, students must achieve a grade of C or higher in each of the following nursing theory courses in order to progress in the nursing program and ultimately graduate:
A student must achieve a grade of “Credit” in each of the following clinical courses that coincide with the respective theory course:
The nursing major also consists of required core courses. A student must achieve a grade of C or higher in the following courses in order to progress to the next level: BMS 305 (Clinical Nutrition), BMS 310 (Pathophysiology), BMS 311 (Pharmacology), and BIO 355 (Genetics).