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2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Second Degree

The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers a B.S.N. for persons with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. This option is designed for part-time or full-time study. The required plan of study can be shortened by transfer of credits from prerequisite courses.

To be considered for the program, students must be admitted to Grand Valley and nursing must be declared as a major prior to application. All students with another degree can only apply to the second degree program.

  • Students must have successfully completed (with a grade of C or better) all prerequisite coursework by the end of the term in which they are applying and none of the prerequisite courses may be repeated more than once.
  • After completing their application, students must meet with their academic advisor by November 1 for spring/summer entry. The meeting will verify that they have completed their preclinical coursework and meet the minimum requirements.
  • Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students who only meet minimum requirements, such as a 3.0 admission GPA or average grades in the science courses, may not be competitive.

Evidence of the following is required before the student begins the first course in the major:

  1. Health and immunization reports
  2. Certification in and American Heart Association course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health professionals
  3. Transportation for clinical experiences
  4. Criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screen

Prerequisite Admission Courses:

Note: In order to progress in the nursing program, a minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in the following (1) prerequisite, (2) corequisite, and nursing courses:

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