about the Calvin college nursing department

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


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 means that you'll get plenty of personal attention for Calvin's 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

  • 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.

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%

    2012 and 2013 nursing graduates who 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