Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.)

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

Nursing is an exciting profession that is currently undergoing many challenges as the health care system changes. For R.N.s who do not yet have a B.S.N., the Kirkhof College of Nursing provides a specialized program that allows students to obtain the tools to meet those challenges head on. Curricular content on research, evidence based practice, quality and safety, and nursing care in the community provide new ways of thinking about and addressing care to a diverse population of clients.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) at Grand Valley State University offers a B.S.N. completion option (R.N. to B.S.N.) for registered nurses. Visit for details.


The curriculum includes courses in humanities and the social, physical, natural, and health sciences that provide a strong scientific and humanistic foundation upon which the clinical nursing courses are based. Nursing coursework expands and deepens the R.N.’s current knowledge.

Career Options

The demand for baccalaureate prepared nurses has never been greater. Increased acuity and complexity of care, along with new accreditation requirements for safety and quality initiatives or Magnet status have made the degree even more marketable. Nurses who want to develop more advanced skills in understanding and improving their patient care or who want to advance into other areas find that obtaining their B.S.N. increases their ability to compete for these desirable positions.

Why Study Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.) at Grand Valley?

  • Nursing courses are taught in a combination of on-site and on-line to accommodate working professionals.
  • State-of-the-art facilities and technology for teaching.
  • R.N. to B.S.N. academic advisor who provides individual program plans and academic advising for each student.
  • Community-based clinical experiences may be arranged near your home.
  • Once enrolled in the senior level nursing courses, students receive 30 university credits at no charge from GVSU. These credits count toward the 58 senior level credits and the 120 credits needed for graduation. Community college credits given for anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, and life span developmental psychology are not seen on the transcript.
  • The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

For More Information

Kirkhof College of Nursing
(616) 331-6742
Admissions Office

GVSU's R.N. to B.S.N. program has strengthened my nursing skills and made me more marketable as a nurse in a challenging economy and in the field of nursing. The faculty and staff have been very supportive, flexible and available to me as a registered nurse and as a student.


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