Baccalaureate Program for Second Degree Students (BSN)

The Second Degree BSN program is for individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university and wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.


Student Success Is Our Priority

- Learn from exceptional faculty invested in your success
- Receive guidance from experienced academic advisors every step of the way
- Experience local and relevant clinical practicums arranged for you 
- Work with state-of-the-art technology for teaching and learning
- Create an individual program plan with your advisor


Eligible applicants will have:

  • Acceptance into Grand Valley State University as a degree seeking undergraduate student no later than the winter semester preceding the start of the professional nursing program.  Be aware of the application deadline to GVSU as it will be during the fall semester. 
  • First bachelor’s degree must be earned and verified prior to the first day of the professional nursing program.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (includes GVSU and non-GVSU graduate and undergraduate coursework).
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in the admission pre-requisite courses and a minimum grade of “C” in each course. These courses include: BIO 355, BMS 250, BMS 251, BMS 212, CHM 230, and PSY 364.
  • Adhere to the Kirkhof College of Nursing course repeat policy: Students may repeat three admission pre-requisite courses of which two can be BMS, CHM, or BIO. No required course may be repeated more than once.                                       
  • In addition, BMS 305, BMS 310, and STA 215 must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” before starting the professional nursing program.

GVSU Course Listings and Descriptions

Competitive Admission Process

The Kirkhof College of Nursing admits 24 students into the Spring/Summer semester, 24 students into the Fall semester, and 24 students into the Winter esmester. Admission to the nursing program is highly competitive, and students who only meet the minimum criteria may not be admitted. Admission is based on balanced consideration given to the following components:

  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Interview
  • Personal Statement
  • Student Profile

Prerequisite GPA

The grades earned in the following courses are calculated to comprise your prerequisite GPA. 

BIO 355 Human Genetics 
BMS 250 Anatomy and Physiology I 
BMS 251 Anatomy and Physiology II 
CHM 230 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry 
BMS 212 Introductory Microbiology 
PSY 364 Lifespan Developmental Psychology 

For course equivalency questions, please refer to the FAQ page.

Students will participate in a short interview to help faculty better understand their readiness for the program. 

Personal Statement
Students will submit a 650 word typed response based on an open-ended question.

Student Profile
Students will be asked to describe the impact and skills acquired for the following experiences:
work experience, leadership experience, study or service abroad, healthcare job shadow experience, certifications/honors/awards, other languages spoken, and volunteer experience.

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Students complete the application online during the application period. A link to the application will be available on the KCON website during the application period which is January 1st - 15th for students who want to start in Spring/Summer semester (May) or Fall semester (August). All applications must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on the final day. No late applications will be accepted. 

Students who wish to start in the Winter semester (January) will apply in August. The first August application period will begin in August of 2021.

The admission decisions will be made by the KCON Undergraduate Affairs Committee, and candidates will be notified via email. Student scores are for internal use and will not be released.

Admitted students are required to comply with, and provide documentation of, all Health Compliance expectation including, but not limited to: physical examination, verification of immunizations, TB testing, criminal background check and drug screen, and CPR certification. 

Curriculum Guide

Admission prerequisite courses that must be complete before applying to the nursing program (21 credits)
BIO 355 Human Genetics - 3 cr.
BMS 250 Anatomy and Physiology I w/ lab - 4 cr.
BMS 251 Anatomy and Physiology II w/ lab - 4 cr.  
CHM 230 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry w/ lab - 4 cr.
BMS 212 Introductory Microbiology - 3 cr.
PSY 364 Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 3 cr.

Courses to be completed prior to the start of the professional nursing program
BMS 305 Clinical Nutrition - 3 cr.
BMS 310 Basic Pathophysiology - 3 cr.
STA 215 Introductory Applied Statistics - 3 cr.

Nursing Semester I 
NUR 322 Theoretical Foundations for Health Assessment & Promotion (3 Credits)
NUR 323 Clinical Application of Health Assessment & Promotion (4 Credits)
NUR 324 Introduction to Professional Nursing Theory (3 Credits)
NUR 325 Clinical Judgment in Health Assessment & Promotion (1 Credit)
NUR 328 Clinical Pharmacology for Nursing (3 Credits) 
Total 14 cr.

Nursing Semester II
NUR 332 Adult Health Theory (6 Credits)
NUR 333 Adult Health Clinical (5 Credits)
NUR 335 Clinical Judgment in Adult Health (1 Credit)
NUR 336 Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 Credits) or NUR 338 Critical Appraisal of Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing  (1 Credit)
Total 13-15 cr.

Nursing Semester III 
NUR 442 Childbearing and Childrearing Theory (4 Credits)
NUR 443 Childbearing and Childrearing Clinical (3 Credits)
NUR 445 Clinical Judgment in Childbearing & Childrearing, Community Health & Mental Health Nursing (1 Credit)
NUR 446 Community Health & Mental Health Theory (4 Credits)
NUR 447 Community Health & Mental Health Clinical (2 Credits)
Total 14 cr.

Nursing Semester IV
NUR 472 Transitions to Professional Nursing (3 Credits)
NUR 473 Clinical Immersion (4 Credits)
NUR 475 Clinical Judgment in Immersion (1 Credit)
NUR 476 Population Health Theory (3 Credits)
NUR 477 Population Health Clinical (2 Credits)
Total 13 Cr.

Have Questions?
Have Questions?

Visit our FAQ page for answers to common questions or contact us at or (616) 331-3558.


The pre-licensure (Traditional and Accelerated Second Degree) nursing programs at Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) position you to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and thereby gain eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) in the state of Michigan. Upon successfully passing the NCLEX-RN, the KCON nursing graduate achieves legal authority to practice under the protected title of registered nurse (RN) in the state of Michigan. 

KCON BSN pre-licensure graduates seeking to practice as an RN in a state other than Michigan must meet the requirements of that state.  GVSU/KCON has not made a determination on whether its curriculum meets the educational requirements of all states/jurisdictions.  To view board of nursing professional licensure requirements by state of interest, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) at