Nursing is incredibly challenging, but it is even more rewarding. There is nothing like conquering the challenge of all that I have to learn, and then going out the next day and using that knowledge to help real people.” -Rachel VanderWall '15


Our 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 means that you’ll get plenty of personal attention from our experienced Christian nursing faculty.

Admission to Calvin's nursing program is competitive: it accepts 64 students each year to the program. Most students apply to the program in their sophomore year after completing nine prerequisite courses. See admissions requirements.

Careers in nursing

Once you graduate with a BSN degree, you will be prepared for all acute care, community care and ambulatory care roles of an RN. A partial listing includes:

  • Ambulatory clinic nurse
  • Cardiac care nurse
  • Case management nurse
  • Correctional facility nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Emergency nurse
  • Geriatric nurse
  • Home health care nurse
  • Hospice nurse
  • Labor and delivery nurse
  • Long-term care nurse
  • Medical-surgical nurse
  • Missionary nurse
  • Neonatal intensive care nurse
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Oncology nurse
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Psychiatric nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Rehabilitation nurse
  • School nurse
  • Travel nurse

You are also prepared for graduate school where you can get advanced degrees for roles that include the partial listing below:

  • Certified nurse midwife
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse researcher

Get started at the Career Center.

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

See ways to experience Calvin nursing.

Expected outcomes

In 2012 and 2013, 100% of graduates were employed or in grad school one year after graduation. We know you'll put in your best effort, so what can you expect from us? See the expected outcomes.

Quick Facts
  • 100%

    of 2016 nursing graduates were employed or in graduate school one year after graduation.

  • PASS

    Participate in this program designed to help all nursing students prepare for the nursing boards exams

  • 100%

    Nursing professors who are committed Christians


The Calvin College Department of Nursing Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. Read more about our academic program and program admission.

CCNE Accredited