2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN
The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers programs of study specifically designed for RNs to obtain the BSN and MSN. The programs are designed for part-time or full-time study. Individual needs and appropriate alternatives for program planning are examined. Options for part-time study make degree completion more accessible to employed nurses.
1. Registered nurse students apply to Grand Valley State University for admission to the university as degree-seeking students. This must occur before seeking admission to Kirkhof College of Nursing. To be admitted to senior-level nursing courses, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Admission GPA is based on post-secondary coursework with special attention to nursing courses in the earlier program. Students must also have completed the required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Admission is selective and highly competitive.
2. Registered nurses are given advanced standing in the program through the following mechanisms:
- Direct transfer of credits.
- University credits for nursing courses.
- National certification.
3. Evidence of the following are required before the student begins NUR 410:
- Health and immunization reports.
- Certification in an American Heart Association course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health professionals.
- RN licensure.
- Documentation of HIPAA training.
- Criminal background checks and drug screening.
4. Students are scheduled for clinical practice at a variety of community hospitals and health care agencies, including home care, communities, and other ambulatory settings. Students should be aware that most clinical facilities require a criminal background check and/or drug screening prior to allowing a student to practice at the site.
Requirements for a Major in Nursing
Completion of the baccalaureate in nursing requires:
- General university requirements as identified in the General Academic Regulations section in this catalog. RN students are required to fulfill the university general education requirements listed elsewhere in this catalog and complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit for graduation.
- Required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0). In order to progress in the nursing program, a grade of C (2.0) is required in core and nursing courses.
- BIO 120 - General Biology I (4 credits)
- BIO 355 - Human Genetics (3 credits)
- BMS 250 - Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
- BMS 251 - Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
- BMS 212 - Introductory Microbiology (3 credits)
- BMS 213 - Laboratory in Microbiology (1 credit)
- BMS 305 - Clinical Nutrition (3 credits)
- BMS 310 - Basic Pathophysiology (3 credits)
- BMS 311 - Pharmacological Aspects of Biomedical Sciences (3 credits)
- CHM 109 - Introductory Chemistry (4 credits)
- MTH 110 - Algebra (4 credits)
- PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
- PSY 364 - Life Span Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
- STA 215 - Introductory Applied Statistics (3 credits)
- WRT 150 - Strategies in Writing (4 credits)
- WRT 305 - Writing in the Disciplines (3 credits)
Upon completion of NUR 410, students may be eligible to receive credits for these courses if they do not have transferable college courses. All prerequisite courses taken at another university must have a grade of C (2.0) or better.
Required Nursing Courses
- NUR 310 - Professional Nursing Seminar Credits: 2
- NUR 410 - Professional Role Transition Credits: 4
- NUR 425 - Care of Clients with Chronic Conditions Credits: 5
- NUR 426 - Health in Diverse Communities Credits: 5
- NUR 435 - Research Application in Nursing Practice Credits: 2
- NUR 455 - Leadership and Nursing Care Management (Capstone) Credits: 3
- NUR 500 - Health Assessment Skills for Nurses Credits: 3
Upon completion of NUR 410 students will receive 30 upper-division University credits for previous nursing coursework.
Suggested Order of Coursework (after admission to KCON)
- NUR 410 - Professional Role Transition (4 credits)
- NUR 265 - Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)