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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Program Description

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the Kirkhof College of Nursing section in this catalog.


The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) undergraduate nursing programs emphasize health promotion and illness prevention as well as care of the sick. Students' ability to think critically, solve problems, formulate concepts, make clinical judgments, analyze and summarize information, and form valid conclusions are integral to learning. This focus provides the student with the characteristics necessary for professional development and personal enrichment in a changing society.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree prepares the graduate to fulfill the professional nursing roles of provider of care, designer/manager/coordinator of care, and member of the profession. It also provides the foundation for continued education in advanced practice through graduate nursing studies.

The KCON BSN graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Provide nursing care based on expanding clinical judgment within parameters of functional capacity of individuals, families, groups and communities in multiple settings that incorporate knowledge from the liberal arts and knowledge unique to nursing.
  2. Coordinate health care with individuals, families, groups and communities across the life span, using communication skills, in collaboration with members of the health care team.
  3. Assume ethical, legal and professional accountability for the development and practice of nursing in a changing health care environment.

The undergraduate program provides learning experiences in myriad settings that combine the liberal arts and basic sciences with nursing theory and clinical practice. Students are prepared to provide nursing interventions at a beginning generalist level to individuals, families, and communities . Students are scheduled for clinical practice at a variety of hospitals and health care agencies, including home care, community centers, and ambulatory settings. KCON nursing students must be prepared to meet the needs of a student schedule in a profession where work demands occur at any time of the day or week.

Prior to beginning KCON clinical courses, students must complete comprehensive health compliance obligations including, but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening. Please note: 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-RN (NCLEX-RN). All State Boards of Nursing retain the right to deny a Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) graduate permission to write the licensure examination if he or she has been convicted of a crime.

Nursing majors must complete core courses in the humanities and the social, physical, natural, and health sciences. These core courses provide a strong scientific and humanistic foundation fundamental to subsequently required clinical nursing courses. Before graduation, students must also complete the general education requirements of the university. (See Degree Requirements Undergraduate, in the General Academic Regulations Section in the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.)

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