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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Nursing is an exciting profession that provides endless challenges and satisfaction for the practitioner. Increasing attention to health promotion and maintenance, technological advances and care to vulnerable populations have led to new avenues for nursing practice. Kirkhof College of Nursing provides an educational environment that allows the student to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to ensure the health of the public.

Program Overview

Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) upon graduation. Graduates are prepared to take the licensure examination for registered nurses. Students who are admitted to the university, but do not immediately qualify for direct admission to the nursing major, may enroll as pre-nursing majors and must complete a secondary application. Visit for details.


For B.S.N. coursework, please refer to the online catalog at

Career Options

Professional nurses perform a wide variety of functions including direct patient care, health care counseling, and leadership in providing and managing care for individuals and groups of clients. Nurses are members of health care teams and may work in hospitals, homes, the community, clinics, or industry - wherever people need care or health education.

Why Study Nursing at Grand Valley?

  • The demand for nurses is high: nearly 100 percent of nurses who seek employment find jobs.
  • The program provides learning experiences in clinical sites that combine the liberal arts and basic sciences with nursing theory and clinical practice.
  • Students are scheduled for clinical practice at a variety of hospitals and health care agencies, including home care, communities, and other ambulatory settings.
  • The baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing.
  • The Kirkhof College of Nursing is located in the state-of-the-art Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences building in the heart of Grand Rapids' medical mile.
  • Academic advisors provide individual program plans and advising for each nursing student.
  • The Office of Student Services assists students through the program and provides convenient advice and counsel.


“Because Grand Valley's programs have a good base and such good reputations, I know that I'm going to learn the material I need to know to actually work in the field.”


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