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Nursing, B.S.N.

Nursing is an exciting profession that provides endless challenges and satisfaction for the practitioner. Increasing attention to health promotion and maintenance, technological advances and care to vulnerable populations have led to new avenues for nursing practice. Kirkhof College of Nursing provides an educational environment that allows the student to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to ensure the health of the public.

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Program Overview

Students enroll in the university as pre-nursing majors and upon completion of the pre-requisite coursework, submit their application for admission to the nursing program. Students' life experiences, personal attributes, and academic accomplishments are considered in the admission process.

Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) upon graduation. Graduates are prepared to take the licensure examination for registered nurses.

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Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • The demand for nurses is high: nearly 100 percent of nurses who seek employment find jobs.
  • The program provides learning experiences in clinical sites that combine the liberal arts and basic sciences with nursing theory and clinical practice.
  • Students are scheduled for clinical practice at a variety of hospitals and health care agencies, including home care, communities, and other ambulatory settings.
  • The baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing.
  • The Kirkhof College of Nursing is located in the state-of-the-art Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences building in the heart of Grand Rapids' medical mile.
  • Academic advisors provide individual program plans and advising for each nursing student.
  • The Office of Student Services assists students through the program and provides convenient advice and counsel.

Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.



For B.S.N. coursework, please refer to the online catalog at

Career Options

Professional nurses perform a wide variety of functions including direct patient care, health care counseling, and leadership in providing and managing care for individuals and groups of clients.

Nurses are members of health care teams and may work in hospitals, homes, the community, clinics, or industry - wherever people need care or health education.

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

For More Information

Kirkhof College of Nursing
301 Michigan St. NE Suite 300
(616) 331-7160

Admissions Office


“Because Grand Valley’s programs have a good base and such good reputations, I know that I’m going to learn the material I need to know to actually work in the field.”