2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
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, www.gvsu.edu/kcon/.
- 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
- 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:
- BIO 355 - Human Genetics Credits: 3
- BMS 212 - Introductory Microbiology Credits: 3
- BMS 250 - Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 4
- BMS 251 - Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4
- CHM 230 - Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Credits: 4
- PSY 364 - Life Span Developmental Psychology Credits: 3
Note: In order to progress in the nursing program, a minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in the following prerequisite courses:
- BMS 305 - Clinical Nutrition (3 credits)
- BMS 310 - Basic Pathophysiology (3 credits)
- STA 215 - Introductory Applied Statistics (3 credits)
Corequisite and Nursing Courses:
- BMS 311 - Pharmacological Aspects of Biomedical Sciences Credits: 3
- NUR 265 - Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Credits: 3
- NUR 266 - Professional Nursing I Credits: 4
- NUR 267 - Clinical Nursing I Credits: 4
- NUR 316 - Professional Nursing II Credits: 4
- NUR 317 - Clinical Nursing II Credits: 6
- NUR 366 - Professional Nursing III Credits: 4
- NUR 367 - Clinical Nursing III Credits: 6
- NUR 416 - Professional Nursing IV Credits: 4
- NUR 417 - Clinical Nursing IV Credits: 6
- NUR 467 - Professional Nursing V Credits: 10
- IPE 407 - Building Relationships Across Inter-professional Domains (BRAIDS) Credits: 2