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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Oct 20, 2017
 
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Traditional


Undergraduate Nursing Admission


Freshman Nursing Majors (Direct Admit)


A limited number of new freshman students are eligible for direct admission to the nursing program. Admission is based on exceptional academic performance in high school.

Eligibility for direct admit status to the undergraduate nursing program includes:

  • New freshman student
  • Cumulative high school grade point average of 3.6 or higher
  • ACT composite score of 30 or higher or SAT composite score of 1340
  • All application admission documents, including ACT or SAT score, must be submitted to the GVSU Admissions Office by December 31 of the student’s high school senior year
  • Students must indicate nursing as their intended major on the GVSU admission application
  • Students must schedule their New Student Orientation session by May 1 of their senior year in high school
  • Declaration of a nursing major at New Student Orientation. Be aware that a change of major will result in loss of direct admit status.

Maintenance of direct admit status requires the student to:

  • Meet with their academic advisor in the Office of Student Services (OSS) in KCON during their freshman year to identify the anticipated semester of entry into the initial clinical course
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, including transfer credits
  • Attain a minimum 3.5 grade point average in the admission prerequisite courses
  • Adhere to the KCON course repeat policy; a student may repeat three prerequisite courses and two of those course can be BMS, CHM, or BIO. No required course may be repeated more than once.

Progression into the clinical portion of the undergraduate nursing program requires the student with direct admit status to:

  • Complete the necessary admission prerequisites and other required courses prior to beginning the initial clinical course in the undergraduate nursing program
  • Submit an application for admission to KCON at the appropriate time.
  • Prior to beginning the clinical courses, the student must complete comprehensive health compliance requirements including, but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting and drug screening. Please note: All State Boards of Nursing review the records of all graduates who have completed a nursing program to determine eligibility to write the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). All State Boards of Nursing retain the right to deny a Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) graduate permission to write the licensure examination if he or she has been convicted of a crime.

Freshman Nursing Majors (Nondirect Admit)


Students who are admitted to the university but do not immediately qualify for direct admission into the nursing program enroll as nursing majors and must complete a secondary application. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline are ineligible for this program. An eligible applicant must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (including transfer credits)
  • Demonstrate successful completion (with a grade of C or better) of all prerequisite coursework at the time of application to KCON
  • Adhere to the KCON course repeat policy which states that a student may repeat three prerequisite courses and two of those courses can be BMS, CHM, or BIO. No required course may be repeated more than once.

KCON admits two cohorts into the traditional professional nursing program on an annual basis; one cohort in the fall semester and one cohort in the winter semester. The Office of Student Services will announce application deadlines via the KCON website at www.gvsu.edu/kcon/. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students who only meet the minimum requirements, may not be competitive.

Multiple selection criteria are used to determine student admission to the professional nursing program. These include:

  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Interview performance
  • Laker score (determined by  the number of credits earned at GVSU).

Prior to beginning the clinical courses, the student must complete comprehensive health compliance obligations including, but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting and drug screening. Please note: All State Boards of Nursing review the records of all graduates who have completed a nursing program to determine eligibility to write the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). All State Boards of Nursing retain the right to deny a Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) graduate permission to write the licensure examination if he or she has been convicted of a crime.

All courses listed below must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Continued progression through the nursing major requires a minimum grade of C (2.0) in corequisite courses. All required courses for the nursing major must be taken for graded credit.

Other Required Courses:


The following required courses must be completed by the student before the start of nursing (NUR) courses.

Corequisite Courses in the Nursing Program


The following corequisite courses are designed for the student  to take at a time that complements the nursing clinical courses.

Transfer Students


A student planning to transfer to GVSU from another college or university should work closely with their local academic advisor. As a transfer student, be sure to carefully review your GVSU transcript evaluation upon admission to the university. You  must be admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking undergraduate student and declare nursing as your major. Admission to the program is highly competitive. A student who only meets the minimum admission requirements may not be competitive.

To be considered for the nursing program, a student must be admitted to GVSU and have declared nursing as a major prior to application. An eligible applicant must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (including transfer credits)
  • Demonstrate successful completion (with a grade of C or better) in all prerequisite coursework at the time of application to KCON
  • Adhere to the KCON course repeat policy which states that a student may repeat three prerequisite courses and two of those courses can be BMS, CHM, or BIO. No required course may be repeated more than once.

KCON admits two cohorts into the traditional professional nursing program on an annual basis; one cohort in the fall semester and one cohort in the winter semester. The Office of Student Services will announce application deadlines via the KCON website, www.gvsu.edu/kcon/.

Admission to the program is highly competitive. A student who only meets the minimum admission requirements may not be competitive.

Prior to beginning the clinical courses, the student  must complete comprehensive health compliance obligations including, but not limited to, a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening. Please note: All State Boards of Nursing review the records of all graduates who have completed a nursing program to determine eligibility to write the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). All State Boards of Nursing retain the right to deny a Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) graduate permission to write the licensure examination if he or she has been convicted of a crime.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Nursing


First Semester Credits: 14


Third Semester Credits: 17


Eighth Semester Credits: 16


Total Credits: 123


Footnotes


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

A grade less than a C (2.0) is considered a failure in all required nursing courses (designated by NUR). Students who fail more than one nursing course will not be allowed to remain in the program. Withdrawal from a course in failing status will be considered a course failure regardless of when the withdrawal occurs.