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. The RN to BSN nursing courses at Grand Valley currently are taught in a hybrid format - a combination of on-site and online classes. On-site sessions for each class meet approximately once per month and are held in the Center for Health Sciences Building on the Health Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Most RNs complete their BSN degree in two years of part-time study over six semesters. A student’s time to graduation depends on how many prerequisite and general education classes are completed and how many classes a student desires to take each semester. Practice experiences can be arranged in or near your home community.


2 Years
2 Years
Average Time to complete
Online Courses Starting May 2020
Online Courses Starting May 2020
With Applied Learning through Clinical Practicum

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Admission Process

The RN to BSN program requires a two-step application process. You must first complete the GVSU application online or send the paper application to the Admissions Office. Applicants are required to have all official transcripts from other institutions sent to Grand Valley. The Admissions Office requires that you apply at least one month prior to the start of classes. This allows time for your transcripts to be evaluated and for you to attend transfer orientation. 

Once you are admitted to Grand Valley, you are ready to submit your KCON application to the Kirkhof College of Nursing. It is encouraged that you apply during your first semester. We accept applications every semester on or before September 15, January 15, and May 15.

Admission to the 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 our RN/BSN advisor if you have questions regarding how your GPA is calculated.


Have Questions?
Have Questions?

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


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)  

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