Nursing

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Degree Overview

Ask Calvin nursing students why they’re studying here, and you’ll hear a lot of different things. They might talk about their amazing clinical experiences at nearby hospitals, clinics, or other facilities. You’ll hear their plans to study abroad. They’ll share their plans for after they pass the NCLEX exam: maybe a job at a place like Vanderbilt, or a grad program at Johns Hopkins.

And you’d expect to hear those things about a top-rated nursing program like Calvin’s. But keep listening, and you’ll hear those same students talking about professors whose doors are always open. They’ll describe a spirit of community, not competition. They’ll tell you about the Spanish-speaking patients that they encounter each week in the Burton Heights neighborhood.

You’ll hear about a program that’s centered on service, and driven by deep Christian faith.

Program Distinctives

Practical - Real-world clinical experience is at the heart of our program. You'll have the chance to learn at top-rate hospitals like Helen Devos Children's Hospital, Mercy Health, and others in Grand Rapids’ extensive medical community.
Widely-respected - Our program has an excellent pass rate on the NCLEX exam. Calvin graduates are sought after in hospitals, schools, clinics, and more across the nation.
Justice-driven - We care deeply about the issues that surround nursing, human health, and justice. You'll gain new perspectives on healthcare through work or study abroad or in underserved communities here in the U.S.
Versatile - If you decide not to pursue a nursing degree, you're well set up to transition to one of many different healthcare programs--without wasting time or classes.

Degree Information

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  • Admission

    Admission to Calvin's nursing program accepts a limited number of students each year to the program. High school students interested in nursing at Calvin may qualify for early guaranteed admission to the program; other applicants typically apply to the program in the sophomore year after completing prerequisite courses. See the program admission page for more information and for early admission to the nursing program.

  • Advising

    Completing a nursing degree in four years

    Completing Calvin's nursing program in four years requires careful planning in conjunction with a faculty advisor.

    Combining nursing with Spanish

    Combining nursing with Spanish can greatly increase your effectiveness as a care provider, but doing so in four years requires careful planning before you start your freshman year.

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