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2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN

Registered Nurses

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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


Upon completion of NUR 410 students will receive 30 upper-division University credits for previous nursing coursework.

Prior to admission to KCON students will take NUR 310 and NUR 500.

Suggested Order of Coursework (after admission to KCON)




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