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Grand Valley State University    
  May 21, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to B.S.N.

Registered Nurses

The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers a program of study specifically designed for a registered nurse (RNs) to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree. The RN to B.S.N. program is designed for part time or full time study. Individualized program plans based on previously completed coursework are created for each applicant.  

  1. As a registered nurse (RN), you  must apply to Grand Valley State University for admission as degree-seeking student. Upon admission to GVSU, you must attend a Transfer Orientation and declare nursing as your major. Secondary application is required for the RN to B.S.N. program within the Kirkhof College of Nursing. To be admitted to the RN to B.S.N. program a prospective student must have earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or have earned a 3.0 GPA within their last 15 courses. In addition, a student must demonstrate completion of the required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0).
  2. Upon admission to the RN to B.S.N. program, the student must complete and maintain comprehensive health compliance obligations including, but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, drug screening, immunizations, physical exams, technical standards, CPR, and relevant training. Evidence of RN licensure is also required.
  3. The RN to B.S.N. student will be scheduled for clinical practice at a variety of community hospitals and health care agencies, including home care, public health departments, and other ambulatory settings.

Requirements for a Major in Nursing

Completion of the  B.S.N. requires that the RN student:

  • Fulfill the university general education requirements
  • Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit for graduation
  • Earn 58 credits at a four-year institution with the last 30 uninterrupted credits earned at GVSU

In order to progress in the nursing program, a grade of C (2.0) is required in all core and nursing courses.

A student who has met the requirements in this section during their pre-licensure program may request a review of the following courses:


The student will be eligible to receive credit for courses marked with an asterisk (*) upon completion of NUR 411if they do not have transferable college courses. All prerequisite courses taken at another university must have a grade of C (2.0) or better.