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2014-2015 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 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. Only students with another baccalaureate degree may apply to the second degree program.

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (including transfer credits)
  • Successful completion (with a grade of C or better) of all admission prerequisite coursework at time of application.
  • Adherence to the KCON course repeat policy; students may repeat three prerequisite courses and two of those course can be BMS, CHM, or BIO. No required course may be repeated more than once.
  • KCON admits one cohort into the Second Degree program each spring/summer semester. The Office of Student Services will announce application deadline via the KCON website,
  • Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students who only meet minimum requirements, may not be competitive.

Multiple selection criteria are used to determine admission to the professional nursing program. These include:

  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Interviews
  • Laker Score based on credits earned at GVSU

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

Students should be aware that prior to beginning the clinical courses, they must complete comprehensive health compliance obligations including but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting and drug screening. Students should also be aware that all State Boards of Nursing review the records of all graduates who have completed a nursing program to determine eligibility to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). All State Boards of Nursing retain the right to deny a graduate permission to write the licensure examination if he or she has been convicted of a crime.

Prerequisite Admission Courses:

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

Corequisite and Nursing Courses:

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