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2019-2020 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 individuals with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. This program is designed for full-time study.

Only students with another baccalaureate degree may apply to the second degree program. To be considered for the program a student must:

  • Obtain admission to Grand Valley State University
  • Declare nursing as a major
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (including transfer credits)
  • Complete (with a grade of C or better) (2.0) all admission prerequisite coursework by time of application
  • Earn a minimum prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 (including transfer credits)
  • Adhere to the KCON course repeat policy which states that a student may repeat three admission prerequisite courses and two of those courses can be BMS, CHM, or BIO
  • Note that no required course may be repeated more than once

KCON admits one cohort into the second degree program each spring/summer semester. Admission to the program is highly competitive and a student may not be admitted if only meeting the minimum requirements. Additional information about the admissions process, including application deadlines, can be found on the KCON website at

Prior to beginning KCON clinical 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. In addition, all State Boards of Nursing review the records of all graduates who have completed a nursing program to determine eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). All State Boards of Nursing retain the right to deny a B.S.N. graduate permission to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination, if convicted of a crime.

All courses listed as follows must be completed by B.S.N. students with a minimum grade of C (2.0). In addition, continued progression through the nursing major requires a minimum grade of C (2.0) in corequisite courses. All required courses for the nursing major must be taken for graded credit, with the exception of nursing clinical courses which are taken credit/no credit.

Prerequisite Admission Courses

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

Corequisite and Nursing Courses

Plan of Coursework

To remain in the cohort, students should plan on completing the program in the following manner.

Spring/Summer: Nursing Semester One

Fall: Nursing Semester Two

Winter: Nursing Semester Three

Spring/Summer: Nursing Semester Four

Program Description

Click here for the program description.

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