RN to BSN Program

Program Overview

For many associate degree prepared RNs, completing a BSN degree affords additional career opportunities and a broader scope of practice. Our RN to BSN programming includes both fully online and hybrid options with applied learning experiences through clinical practicum in the senior year.

Classes include content on research, evidence-based practice, safety and quality, professional identity, informatics, emergency preparedness, leadership, community and population health nursing. Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in your state of residency before beginning the senior nursing sequence.



Completed in as few as 16 Months
Completed in as few as 16 Months

Dependent upon completion of prerequisites 

Online & Hybrid Options
Online & Hybrid Options

With applied learning through clinical practicum in senior year


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Why Grand Valley nursing?

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


Admission Process

The RN to BSN program requires a two-step application process. First, please complete the application for admission to Grand Valley State University. Applicants are required to have all official transcripts from other institutions sent to GVSU. Please note, the Admissions Office requires that you apply at least one month prior to the start of classes as this allows time for your transcripts to be evaluated and for you to register for courses.

Once you are admitted to GVSU, you are ready to participate in a Transfer Student Advising & Registration (TSAR) session and, during that time, apply for admission to the Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON). You can attend a TSAR in Grand Rapids or online. During this appointment, you will meet one-on-one with an advisor, discuss your previous coursework, develop a program plan, apply to KCON, and register for courses.

Admission to the RN to BSN program requires a minimum grade of “C” in each prerequisite course and a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall. Academic performance in your last 15 credits may be considered. Please call the Office of Student Services at 616-331-7160 and speak with an academic advisor if you have questions regarding how your GPA is calculated or need clarification on any admission procedures.

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RN to BSN Curriculum Guide

YEAR 1: THE FIRST YEAR OF NURSING COURSES CAN BE TAKEN IN ANY ORDER AND INCLUDE:

  • NUR 311: Dimensions of Nursing Practice (2 credits)
  • NUR 312: Professional Nursing Issues (2 credits)
  • NUR 265: Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3 credits)
  • 1 Nursing Elective (3 credits).  The choices for the nursing elective include:
    • NUR 344: Healthy Aging - A Lifelong Journey (3 credits)
    • NUR 354: Living with Life-Limiting Illness (3 credits)
    • NUR 500: Health Assessment Skills for Nurses (3 credits)

Please Note: Either NUR 344 or NUR 354 can also be used for a general education category.  Additional pre-requisite courses can be taken during the first year of nursing classes.

YEAR 2: THE SECOND YEAR NURSING COURSES ARE OFFERED ONCE A YEAR IN A SPECIFIC SEQUENCE OF 3 SEMESTERS AND INCLUDE:

  • NUR 411: Community Based Nursing Care (4 credits)
  • NUR 414: Collaboration for Nurses (2 credits)
  • NUR 412: Nursing Care for Populations (4 credits)
  • NUR 456: Transformative Nursing Leadership (4 credits)  

Have Questions?
Have Questions?

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