Nurses at Calvin are taught to look at health care with a holistic perspective, attending to patients' overall physical, social, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Additionally, nursing students gain valuable leadership skills and develop a compassionate heart for those in need.

Overview

Calvin's accredited nursing program combines vital foundational knowledge in science and healthcare practices with practical clinical experience in area hospitals, clinics and other community settings. Small class sizes meaning that you'll get plenty of personal attention for Calvin's experienced Christian nursing faculty.

Admissions to Calvin's nursing program is competitive: it accepts a limited number of students each year to the program. Most students apply to the program in their sophomore year after completing nine prerequisite courses. See Calvin's nursing website for more information for early admissions to the nursing program.

Careers in Nursing

  • Clinic nurse
  • Community nurse
  • Home health nurse
  • Intensive care nurse
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Psychiatric nurse
  • School nurse

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join Nurses Christian Fellowship; Participate in Calvin Nursing Association; Take a nursing interim abroad to places like India, Belize and Ethiopia; Volunteer at local hospitals, blood banks and senior centers.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Ruth Rosendall Alward Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; in the nursing program
  • search and apply here
Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Nursing and Music Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; be enrolled in a for-credit music ensemble or activity
  • search and apply here
Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
Arnold, Elva and Doris Bakker Scholarship
  • award amount: $500; $2,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a degree in nursing, pre-physician assistant, pre-med or another health related field; interested in medical missions
  • search and apply here
Leah Berends Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate a compassionate spirit and servant heart
  • search and apply here
Blodgett Memorial Hospital Class of 1962 Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,350
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
John K. and Betty Boerema Family Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; first preference is given to those working part-time at Holland Home; second preference is given to those indicating a nursing career in gerontology; third preference is given to adoptees
  • search and apply here
Bretton and Kimberly Bolt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; seeking a career (nursing, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc.) that focuses on the care of the elderly; preference is given to those who volunteer or work at a skilled nursing facility
  • search and apply here
Henrietta Bontekoe Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
Borgman Family Nursing Scholarship in Memory of Kate Borgman
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; preference to those who don't have the strongest academic record but who are industrious, motivated and worthy students
  • search and apply here
Phyllis Van Vugt Bratt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is required; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
Dr. James A. Cook Scholarship
  • award amount: $5,000
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need considered; planning to pursue a health related major (pre-med, pre-dental, nursing, public health, speech pathology, etc.); preference will be given to students from Western Michigan Christian High School, Muskegon, MI
  • search and apply here
Betsy and Randy Cross Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is required; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Doris Dirkse Health Care Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy program or other health-care professions; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • search and apply here
Thedford P. and Ruth I. Dirkse Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,350
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
Arnold and Mary Dood Medical Services Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,200
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; exhibit a spirit of giving and service to others
  • search and apply here
Alexander and Lavonne Dragt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,800
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; must be planning to major in math, physical or biological sciences, nursing or music
  • search and apply here
Gerrit, Beulah, and Robert Dragt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or political science
  • search and apply here
Dorothy Duthler Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; nursing major; demonstrate a strong Christian character, a compassionate spirit and a servant heart
  • search and apply here
Bryan Dykstra Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; potential for Christian service in the nursing profession
  • search and apply here
John and Geraldine Fongers Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.30+
  • financial need is required; admitted to the nursing program; first preference is given to a male student
  • search and apply here
Kathryn Groenevelt Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,250
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; industrious and hard working as demonstrated in extracurricular activities; pursuing work in community based nursing programs
  • search and apply here
Wilma Bylsma Hertel Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; preference is given to those who are highly motivated and working up to their potential but who do not necessarily have the highest GPA
  • search and apply here
Dr. Roger A. and Bradley J. Hoekstra Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; Christian character, motivation, potential for service
  • search and apply here
George and Gayle Hommes Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a business or nursing major; business includes majors in economics, accounting, computer science or related fields
  • search and apply here
H. John and Sandra Hooyer Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,850
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; demonstrate a caring heart for others as well as Christ-like love and compassion along with a willingness to use those gifts to provide good bedside care
  • search and apply here
David and Shirley Hubers Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a program in education or major in nursing; admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
Ruth Ann Handlogten-Huisman Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • search and apply here
Ann, Myrtle, Eunice, Faith and Marie Huizenga Scholarship for Women
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a career in the medical field; demonstrate a caring attitude; interested in missions and life of Christian service
  • search and apply here
Dick and Lorraine Katte Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is considered; graduate of Denver Chr HS (Denver, CO); demonstrate Christian character, promise of growth and participate in extracurricular school activities; preference is given to students pursuing an education or nursing degree; preference may be given to students pursuing a career as a high school coach
  • search and apply here
Lorraine Goris Klamer Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.020+
  • financial need is considered but a student with greater financial need may receive special consideration; demonstrate a strong Christian faith and a sense of calling and vocation
  • search and apply here
Kooistra Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a career in nursing or engineering; first preference is given to engineering students
  • search and apply here
Kraay Family Legacy
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a career in nursing, education or business
  • search and apply here
Harold and Julia Kraker Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,000
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.80+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a career in nursing
  • search and apply here
Milton and Carol Kuyers Family Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; preference is given to highly motivated students who have been successful in their college program to date and demonstrate the potential to be successful in the nursing program and to contribute to society in the nursing profession
  • search and apply here
Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Meeuwsen Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program
  • search and apply here
Laurie Ellen Mervenne Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $6,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major
  • search and apply here
Donald and Kathleen Molewyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is not required; majoring in education, engineering or nursing
  • search and apply here
Blake, Elise and Macy Morren Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; preference is given to those pursuing a career in pediatrics; consideration is also given to students who are open about expressing their faith
  • search and apply here
Gertrude Ellens Mulder Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
Willard and Twylla VanderMolen Nieboer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; nursing major
  • search and apply here
Nursing Legacy Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; accepted into the nursing program; first preference is given to a graduate of Rehoboth Chr School; second preference is given to an ethnic minority student; special consideration is given to a student desiring to provide nursing care to the Rehoboth community upon graduation or to work as a nurse ministering to the underserved
  • search and apply here
Renee E. Overbeck Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; demonstrate a servant heart, warm personality and involvement in their home church; preference is given to those who are working and intend to work while a student at Calvin
  • search and apply here
Carol Pasterkamp Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; preference to those who face special physical circumstances or who are returning to school at a later age; students wishing to work in pediatrics are also considered
  • search and apply here
Albert R. and Elizabeth A. Posthuma Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,700
  • junior, senior or transfer
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; be admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
Paul and Thelma Schutt Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; demonstrate a strong Christian character and caring personality
  • search and apply here
Jim and Ruth Essenburg Sikkema Family Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; caring heart for others
  • search and apply here
Nelson Sterken Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; female
  • search and apply here
John R. and Annie Struyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a program in education or pre-ministry
  • search and apply here
Bernard and Harriet Te Velde Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,650
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a program in special education; admitted to the nursing program; planning to work with persons with disabilities; preference is given to those from California
  • search and apply here
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business, nursing, or communication arts and sciences major or pursuing a program in engineering or education; Michigan resident
  • search and apply here
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; majoring or planning to major in a helping profession such as a social worker, teacher, pastor, nurse, or doctor; fluent in Spanish; first preference is given to north American ethnic minorities, with special preference to Hispanic students; preference is also given to first or second generation Hispanic students
  • search and apply here
Joseph and Ralph Gelmer Vander Laan Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; pursuing a program in the health professions; preference is given to those with an interest in medical missions
  • search and apply here
Sammie Vander Laan Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; gifts for and the desire to provide good bedside care
  • search and apply here
Dr. Corwin G. and Ina June VanderVeer Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is required; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; demonstrate a strong Christian character and caring personality
  • search and apply here
Lloyd J. Veldhof Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is condsidered; nursing major; must demonstrate a kind and compassionate personality; first preference will be given to a student from a New England state
  • search and apply here
Victor VerMeulen Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major or pursuing a pre-med program; potential for Christian service in medicine
  • search and apply here
Watts Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.20+
  • financial need is required; planning on a career in nursing or medicine (pre-med); ethnic minority; preference is given to students from southern California
  • search and apply here
Charles R. and Marie Werner Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; demonstrate Christian character and promise of growth through participation and leadership in activities outside the classroom such as community, church and extra-curricular activities
  • search and apply here
Whitney Young Outreach Gerontological Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is required; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program; preference is given to graduates of urban public high schools; interested in gerontological nursing, exhibit a spirit of service, uphold the ideals of the founding members, and have a positive outlook on life; must complete a paid internship at Clark Memorial Home which involves 5-10 hours per week for one semester during the period in which the scholarship is received
  • search and apply here
Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,800
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in one of the health care professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, etc; demonstrate an interest in an understanding of Christian ethics and health care
  • search and apply here
Ruth Zylstra Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; nursing major; admitted to the nursing program
  • search and apply here
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Faculty

Adejoke Ayoola

Adejoke Ayoola
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 258
aba3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6059

Debra Bossenbroek

Debra Bossenbroek
Assistant Professor
SB 281
dah4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7196

Elizabeth Byma

Elizabeth Byma
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 235
eb36@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8718

Suzan Couzens

Suzan Couzens
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 320
stc4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8688

Mary Molewyk Doornbos

Mary Molewyk Doornbos
Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 234
door@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6268

Cheryl Feenstra

Cheryl Feenstra
Professor, department chair
Department of Nursing
SB 231
cfeenstr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6255

Mary Flikkema

Mary Flikkema
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 244
flim@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6314

Muriel Larson

Muriel Larson
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
ml33@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8568

Jaclynn Lubbers

Jaclynn Lubbers
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
NH 254
jll23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7873

Jesse Moes

Jesse Moes
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 245
jrm3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6178

Mary Persenaire

Mary Persenaire
Laboratory and Media Coordinator
Department of Nursing
SB 229
mlp27@calvin.edu
616-.526

Renae Potts

Renae Potts
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 260
rpotts@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6447

Carol Rossman

Carol Rossman
Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 251
clr24@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8599

Barbara Timmermans

Barbara Timmermans
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 281
btimmerm@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7940

Gail Zandee

Gail Zandee
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 280
gzandee@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6814

Talk to us

Cheryl Feenstra Cheryl Feenstra
Department Co-Chair
Department of Nursing
SB 231
cfeenstr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6255

Mary Persenaire Mary Persenaire
Department Co-Chair
Department of Nursing
SB 229
mlp27@calvin.edu
(616) 616-.526

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