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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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

Registered Nurses

The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers a program of study specifically designed for a registered nurse (RN) to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree. The RN to B.S.N. program is designed at a part time pace. Individualized program plans based on previously completed coursework are created for each applicant.


  1. You must apply to Grand Valley State University (GVSU) for admission as degree-seeking student. Upon admission to GVSU, you must attend a Transfer Orientation and declare nursing as your major. Secondary application is required for the RN to B.S.N. program within the Kirkhof College of Nursing.
  2. 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).
  3. Prior to beginning the NUR 400-level courses, students must complete comprehensive health compliance requirements including, but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening. Failure to complete these requirements could negatively impact a student's ability to successfully complete the clinical placement components of the program that are required for graduation. Clinical sites can refuse to accept students who have not successfully completed all of the above requirements. Evidence of RN licensure in the state of Michigan is also required.
  4. The RN to B.S.N. student will be scheduled for clinical practice at a variety of community hospitals and health care agencies, including home care, public health departments, and other ambulatory settings.

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.

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

Required Nursing Courses

Suggested Order of Coursework

Year One

Year Two

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