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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to B.S.N.

The Kirkhof College of Nursing's RN to B.S.N. program is specifically designed for individuals currently working on or having completed academic preparation as an associate degree prepared nurse. Classes include content on research, evidence-based practice, safety and quality, professional identity, informatics, emergency preparedness, leadership, community and population health nursing.

For many associate degree-prepared registered nurses, completing a B.S.N. degree affords additional career opportunities and a broader scope of practice. The RN to B.S.N. program is designed at a part-time pace and is currently being offered as a fully online program with applied learning experiences through clinical practicum in the senior year. Individualized program plans based on previously completed coursework are created for each applicant.


  • You must complete the RN to B.S.N. application to Grand Valley State University and seek admission as a degree-seeking student. Upon admission to GVSU, you must participate in Transfer Student Advising and Registration.
  • To be admitted to the RN to B.S.N. program, a prospective student must have earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or have earned a 3.0 GPA within their last 15 credits. In addition, a student must demonstrate completion of the required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

During the initiation of the senior sequence NUR 400-level applied learning experiences through clinical practicum, students must do the following:

  • Complete comprehensive health compliance requirements including, but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening. Clinical sites can refuse to accept students who have not successfully completed all GVSU health requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to establish and maintain all compliance requirements. Please note: If there is illegal activity in the background check/fingerprinting or if there is evidence of one or more prohibited substance(s) in the drug test, the clinical sites have the right to refuse a student's placement which may negatively impact a student's ability to progress in the B.S.N. program and subsequently graduate.
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in their state of residency before beginning the applied learning experiences through clinical practicum in the senior nursing sequence. The student's RN licensure must remain unencumbered while enrolled in the RN to B.S.N. program.

Requirements for a Major in Nursing

RN to B.S.N. students are required to

  • fulfill the university general education requirements;
  • complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit for graduation; and
  • earn 58 credits at a four-year institution with the last 30 uninterrupted credits earned at GVSU.

Prerequisite Courses:

Required Courses

Suggested Order of Coursework

Junior Level
These nursing courses can be taken in any order and include:

Senior Level
These nursing courses are offered once a year in a specific sequence of three semesters and include:

To progress in the B.S.N. program, a minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in the prerequisite, required, corequisite, and all nursing courses.

A grade less than a C (2.0) is considered a failure in all required B.S.N. courses. Students who fail more than one required course will not be allowed to remain in the program. Withdrawal from a course when "not in good standing" will be considered a course failure regardless of when the withdrawal occurs.

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