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Nursing B.S.N., Accelerated Second Degree

The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program at Grand Valley State University is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university and wish to pursue a career in professional nursing.

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This program requires a secondary admission process.

Program Overview

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 a provider of care, a designer/manager/coordinator of care, and a member of the profession.

Students are prepared to provide nursing interventions for individuals, families, and communities at a beginning, generalist level and will complete four semesters of clinical coursework.

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Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • Learning from exceptional faculty invested in student success.
  • Experienced academic advisors supporting you at every step.
  • Individual program plans co-created with your advisor.
  • Relevant clinical practicums arranged for you.
  • State-of-the-art technology for teaching and learning.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Students in this major continue their upper division studies on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

  • Face To Face


KCON programs are 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: critical thinking; communication; assessment, health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention; illness and disease management; information and health care technologies; ethics; human diversity; and, global health care.

Admission Requirements

Eligible applicants will have:

  • Acceptance into Grand Valley State University as a degree-seeking undergraduate student no later than the winter semester preceding the start of the professional nursing program.  Be aware of the application deadline to GVSU as it will be during the fall semester. 
  • The first bachelor’s degree must be earned and verified prior to the first day of the professional nursing program.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (includes GVSU and non-GVSU graduate and undergraduate coursework).
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in the admission pre-requisite courses and a minimum grade of “C” in each course. These courses include BIO 355, BMS 250, BMS 251, BMS 212, CHM 230, and PSY 364.
  • Adhere to the Kirkhof College of Nursing course repeat policy: Students may repeat three admission pre-requisite courses of which two can be BMS, CHM, or BIO. No required course may be repeated more than once.                                       
  • In addition, BMS 305, BMS 310, and STA 215 must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” before starting the professional nursing program.

GVSU Course Listings and Descriptions



The Kirkhof College of Nursing admits 24 students into the Spring/Summer semester, 24 students into the Fall semester, and 24 students into the Winter semester. Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive, and students who only meet the minimum criteria may not be admitted. For more information, click here

For More Information

Kirkhof College of Nursing
DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health
333 Michigan St NE, Ste. 410
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
(616) 331-7160

Kirkhof College of Nursing Office of Student Services

(616) 331-7160
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office


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