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Regular Admission Process

Application to the upper division nursing major normally occurs during the second semester of the sophomore year. Applications are due on January 15th for the class beginning the following September. Applicants who submit after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis only. Application forms are available in the Nursing Department office and website.

In order to apply to the nursing program, students must have the following:

  1. At least sophomore standing (greater than or equal to 27 hours) at the application due date.
  2. Completed six nursing prerequisite courses at the application due date.
  3. a minimum overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 at the application due date.
  4. A minimum pre-nursing GPA (GPA acquired from the nine pre-nursing courses) of 2.8 at the application due date.
  5. A minimum grade of C on each of the prerequisite courses at the application due date.
  6. No more than one repeat per required nursing pre-requisite course. No more than two of the nursing pre-requisite courses may be repeated.

Students should also take note of the following policies:

  1. Prerequisite natural science courses must have been completed within the last seven years.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed or will complete all nine nursing prerequisite courses at Calvin.
  3. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed more than six prerequisite courses at the time of application.
  4. Consideration will be given to applicants who have made repeated applications to the nursing major.
  5. Applicants who submit applications after the due date will be considered on a space-available basis.
  6. Prerequisite courses in progress must be completed by the end of Calvin College’s second summer session with a minimum grade of a C.
  7. Enrollment in the upper division nursing major is also contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, fingerprint check, and drug screen.

It is important to note that completion of the pre-nursing courses and achievement of the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission into the nursing major. Enrollment in the final two years is limited and thus the admission process is selective.