For many Associate Degree prepared RN’s, completing a BSN degree affords additional career opportunities. As stated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “Baccalaureate nursing programs encompass all of the course work taught in associate degree and diploma programs plus a more in-depth treatment of the physical and social sciences, nursing research, public and community health, nursing management, and the humanities. The additional course work enhances the student’s professional development, prepares the new nurse for a broader scope of practice, and provides the nurse with a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery.”
The RN/BSN nursing courses Grand Valley are taught in a hybrid format - a combination of on-site and on-line classes. On-site sessions for each class meet approximately once per month and are held in the Center for Health Sciences Building on the downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus.
Most RNs complete their degree in 2 years of part-time study. The nursing courses take six semesters to complete, some of which are sequential. A student’s time to graduation depends on how many prerequisites and general education classes are completed and how many classes a student desires to take each semester.
Clinical times can be arranged in or near your home community. Some of the clinical requirement will be done in simulation labs as part of the on-site sessions in the Center for Health Sciences Building on the downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus.