Overview

The two-year pre-nursing curriculum requires nine courses in the natural and social sciences that provide the foundation for professional nursing. These courses include BIOL-141, BIOL-205, BIOL-206, BIOL-207, CHEM-115, HE-254, PSYC-151, PSYC-201, and SOC-151. In addition, twelve to fourteen liberal arts courses are required. Foreign language is a component of the liberal arts core. Students are required to have either two years of high school foreign language with grades of C or better or one year of college level foreign language. If a student needs to take a foreign language at Calvin, it should be taken during the first or second year.

The upper division nursing major is a two-year sequence normally taken in the junior and senior years. It consists of thirteen courses distributed over four semesters with 12 semester hours of course work required each semester. While students taking only nursing major courses are considered full-time during those four semesters, elective courses may also be taken during these semesters. Those interested in nursing should indicate this at the time they begin their studies at Calvin. They will then be assigned to an academic advisor from the Nursing Department.

Required courses

First year (semester hours)*

  • BIOL-141 Cell Biology and Genetics for the Health Sciences (4)
  • BIOL-207 Medical Microbiology (4)
  • CHEM-115 Chemistry for the Health Sciences (4)
  • PSYC-151 Introductory Psychology: Perspectives on the Self (3)
  • SOC-151 Sociological Principles and Perspectives(3)
  • ENGL-101 Written Rhetoric (3)
  • IDIS-110 Foundations of Information Technology (1)
  • IDIS-150 Developing a Christian Mind (interim, 3)
  • MATH-143 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
  • Arts core (3)
  • Physical education core (1)

Second year (semester hours)*

  • BIOL-205 Human Anatomy (4)
  • BIOL-206 Human Physiology (4)
  • PSYC-201 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan (3)
  • HE-254 Nutrition (3)
  • Philosophical foundations core (3)
  • Literature core(3)
  • Biblical/theological foundations core (3)
  • History of the west and the world core (4)
  • Rhetoric in culture core (3)
  • Physical education core (1)
  • Interim elective (3)

*Note: Students are required to have either two years of high school foreign language with grades of C or better or one year of college level foreign language. If a student needs to take a foreign language at Calvin, it should be taken during the first or second year.

Nursing courses

Third year (semester hours)

  • NURS-307 Theory: Community Based and Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • NURS-308 Strategies: Community Based and Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • NURS-309 Practicum: Community Based and Mental Health Nursing (4)
  • NURS-327 Theory: Pregnant Women, Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4)
  • NURS-328 Strategies: Pregnant Women, Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4)
  • NURS-329 Practicum: Pregnant Women, Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4)
  • Electives (0-8)
  • Interim elective (3)

Fourth year (semester hours)

  • NURS-357 Theory: Young, Middle, and Older Adults (4)
  • NURS-358 Strategies: Young, Middle, and Older Adults (4)
  • NURS-359 Practicum: Young, Middle, and Older Adults (4)
  • NURS-377 Theory: Community Focused Nursing and Leadership/Management (4)
  • NURS-378 Strategies: Synthesis of Nursing Care across the Lifespan (1)
  • NURS-379 Practicum: Community Focused Nursing and Leadership/Management (4)
  • NURS-380 Critical Reflections (3)
  • Electives (0-8)

Note: The formal requirements for a Calvin bachelor's degree include the following: Successful completion of 124 semester hours, completion of three interim courses of three credit hours or more, completion of the designated program of study and the designated core, and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 both overall and in the program of concentration.