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Grand Valley State University    
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Nov 14, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Second Degree

The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers a B.S.N. for persons with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. This option is designed for full-time study. 

Only students with another baccalaureate degree may apply to the second degree program. To be considered for the program a student must:

  • Obtain admission to  Grand Valley State University
  • Declare nursing as a major 
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (including transfer credits)
  • Complete (with a grade of C or better) (2.0) all admission prerequisite coursework by time of application.
  • Earn a minimum prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 (including transfer credits)
  • Adhere to the KCON course repeat policy which states that a student may repeat three admission prerequisite courses and two of those courses can be BMS, CHM, or BIO.
  • No required course may be repeated more than once

KCON admits one cohort into the second degree program each spring/summer semester. The Office of Student Services will announce application deadline via the KCON website at to the program is highly competitive. Students who only meet minimum requirements may not be competitive.

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

  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Interview performance. Interviews are granted to 1.5 times the number of available seats. 
  • Laker score based on credits earned at GVSU

Students should be aware that prior to beginning the clinical courses, they must complete comprehensive health compliance obligations, including but not limited to a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and drug screening. Students should also be aware that 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 (NCLEX-RN). All State Boards of Nursing retain the right to deny a graduate permission to write the licensure examination if he or she has been convicted of a crime.

All courses listed as follows must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0). In addition, 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.

Prerequisite Admission Courses

Plan of Coursework

To remain in the cohort, students should plan on completing the program in the following manner: