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GVSU nursing students in a simulation lab in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

Nursing, B.S.N.

The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Grand Valley State University 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.

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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) Essentials which provides the educational framework for the preparation of our baccalaureate-prepared nurses. 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 participate in clinical rotations in areas such as medical/surgical nursing, mental health nursing, obstetrics nursing, pediatric nursing, adult/older adult nursing, and community/population health nursing.

Students who are admitted to the university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student may apply to the program through the competitive admission process. For more on the traditional BSN program, visit

Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • The demand for nurses is high; nearly 100 percent of nurses who seek employment find jobs.
  • Learning from exceptional faculty invested in student success.
  • The KCON Office of Student Services works with students throughout the program to promote their academic success. Academic advisors provide individual program plans, as well as connect students to university resources.
  • State-of-the-art technology for teaching and learning at Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences and Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health in the heart of Grand Rapids' medical mile.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,

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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.

  • Face To Face


KCON supports the overall university tradition of liberal education, offering undergraduate degree programs that are well-integrated and accredited, with a state-of-the-art concept-based curriculum. Students receive instruction and gain knowledge in our learning labs, through simulation exercises, and in clinical experiences.

Admission Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (including transfer credits)
  • Demonstrate successful completion (with a grade of C (2.0) or better) of all prerequisite coursework
  • Adhere to the KCON course repeat policy which states that a student may repeat three admission prerequisite courses and two of those courses can be BMS, CHM, or BIO. No required course may be repeated more than once

KCON admits two cohorts into the traditional B.S.N. program on an annual basis; one cohort in the fall semester and one cohort in the winter semester. Admission to the program is highly competitive and a student may not be admitted if only meeting the minimum requirements. Additional information about the admissions process, including application deadlines, can be found on the KCON website at

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


“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.”