Traditional BSN Curriculum Guides

The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) supports the overall university tradition of liberal education, offering undergraduate degree programs that are well-integrated and accredited, with a state-of-the-art concept-based curriculum.

The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) supports the overall university tradition of liberal education, offering undergraduate degree programs that are well-integrated and accredited, with a concept-based curriculum rooted in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Baccalaureate Essentials and standards of professional nursing practice.

The Office of Student Services academic advisors assist all nursing majors in creating individualized educational plans in order to setup each student for success. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may be completed in four years. Additional educational plans are available to meet the needs of students who choose to progress as a different pace and/or include additional coursework. The curriculum guides are comprehensive, including coursework required for the major and for the General Education program.

General Education Program

Grand Valley State University maintains that a complete education involves more than preparation for a particular career. A career occurs in the context of a life, and a sound general education helps one "make a life" as well as "make a living." The University therefore remains committed to assuring that all undergraduate students, regardless of academic major or intended profession, receive a broad education rooted in the arts and sciences.

The General Education Program helps students become literate in a sophisticated way in a number of disciplines, and it fosters their ability to make connections across various domains of knowledge, including health and wellness. Several courses required for the nursing major are also included in the General Education Program.

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Honors College

The Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University offers a vibrant learning community and extraordinary opportunities for academically motivated students. It combines the best of the liberal arts college tradition with the resources, facilities, and affordability of a major state university.

While participating in Honors, students can live in one of several distinctive Honors living/learning centers, participate in a nurturing academic environment and community, learn through a distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, and become true leaders who make a difference in their world. In the Meijer Honors College, students have the optimal environment to live, learn, and lead.

The Kirkhof College of Nursing, in partnership with the Frederik Meijer Honors College, created an educational plan for nursing majors in the honors college. 

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Declaring a minor is not required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Students who wish to diversify their educational portfolio and explore a second area of interest should consider declaring a minor, while understanding that in order to complete the minor coursework it may require taking summer courses or an extra semester to graduate. Students thinking about this should talk it over with their advisor.

GVSU offers a wide range of minors which include but are not limited to:
Psychology, Biology, Women and Gender Studies, Healthcare Information Systems, Nonprofit Administration, Business, African/African American Studies, Aging and Adult Life, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, and Foreign Languages.

For a full listing of available minors, see the Academic Brochure.

Page last modified September 11, 2023