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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Feb 21, 2019
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Second Degree

The Kirkhof College of Nursing offers a B.S.N. for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. This program 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. Admission to the program is highly competitive and a student may not be admitted if only meeting the minimum requirements. Additional information about the admissions process, including application deadlines, can be found on the KCON website at

Prior to beginning KCON clinical courses, students 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 take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN). All State Boards of Nursing retain the right to deny a B.S.N. graduate permission to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination, if convicted of a crime.

All courses listed as follows must be completed by B.S.N. students 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, with the exception of nursing clinical courses which are taken credit/no credit.

Prerequisite Admission Courses

Plan of Coursework

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