Nurses at Calvin are taught to look at health care with a holistic perspective, attending to patients' overall physical, social, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Additionally, nursing students gain valuable leadership skills and develop a compassionate heart for those in need.

Overview

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 meaning that you'll get plenty of personal attention for Calvin's experienced Christian nursing faculty.

Admissions to Calvin's nursing program is competitive: it accepts 60 students each year to the program. Most students apply to the program in their sophomore year after completing nine prerequisite courses. See Calvin's nursing website for more information for early admissions to the nursing program.

Careers in Nursing

  • Clinic nurse
  • Community nurse
  • Home health nurse
  • Intensive care nurse
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Psychiatric nurse
  • School nurse

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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.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Nursing program

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)

Required Courses—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)

Nursing Courses—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.

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

AJV Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; strong Christian character, desire to model Christ in their work as a nurse and medical professional; interest in mentoring relationship with the donor
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ruth Rosendall Alward Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Nursing and Music Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need not required; be enrolled in a for-credit music ensemble or activity
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arnold, Elva and Doris Bakker Scholarship
  • award amount: $500; $2,000
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need considered; pursuing a degree in nursing, pre-physician assistant, pre-med or another health related field; interested in medical missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Leah Berends Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; demonstrate a compassionate spirit and servant heart
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Blodgett Memorial Hospital Class of 1962 Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.5+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John K. and Betty Boerema Family Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,550
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; preference to those working part-time at Holland Home
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bretton and Kimberly Bolt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior nursing or speech pathology major or pursuing a pre-physical therapy, or pre-occupational therapy program or other fields focused on care of the elderly
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those who volunteer or work at a skilled nursing facility
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Henrietta Bontekoe Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Borgman Family Nursing Scholarship in Memory of Kate Borgman
  • award amount: $2,050
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; preference to those who don't have the strongest academic record but who are industrious, motivated and worthy students
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Phyllis Van Vugt Bratt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Betsy and Randy Cross Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.30+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Doris Dirkse Health Care Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • good academic record
  • financial need considered; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Thedford P. and Ruth I. Dirkse Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,350
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Arnold and Mary Dood Medical Services Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.30+
  • financial need considered; serving spirit
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bryan Dykstra Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Geraldine Fongers Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.3+
  • financial need required; in the nursing program; first preference to a male
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kathryn Groenevelt Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,350
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; pursuing work in community based nursing programs
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Wilma Bylsma Hertel Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required; preference to those who don't have the strongest academic record but who are industrious, motivated and worthy students
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Roger A. and Bradley J. Hoekstra Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Christian character; motivation; potential for service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
H. John and Sandra Hooyer Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,650
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
David and Shirley Hubers Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • junior or senior pursuing a program in nursing or education
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ann, Myrtle, Eunice, Faith and Marie Huizenga Scholarship for Women
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.2+
  • financial need required; interested in missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dick and Lorraine Katte Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • GPA 2.8+
  • evidence of financial need; graduate of Denver Christian HS (Denver, CO)
  • automatic consideration
Kraay Family Legacy
  • award amount: $2,500
  • first-year
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered
  • automatic consideration
Milton and Carol Kuyers Family Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Meeuwsen Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Laurie Ellen Mervenne Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $7,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Donald and Kathleen Molewyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,900
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.50+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Blake, Elise and Macy Morren Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; preference to those pursuing a career in pediatrics
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Gertrude Ellens Mulder Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Willard and Twylla VanderMolen Nieboer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Carol Pasterkamp Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; preference to those facing special physical circumstances
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Paul and Thelma Schutt Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; Christian character and caring personality
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jim and Ruth Essenburg Sikkema Family Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Nelson Sterken Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • female, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John R. and Annie Struyk Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • financial need required;demonstrate Christian character and involvement in extracurricular activities in the community and college
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Bernard and Harriet Te Velde Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; planning to work with persons with disabilities; preference to those from California
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • first-year
  • financial need required; speak Spanish fluently; preference to Hispanic students
  • prospective students submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
Joseph and Ralph Gelmer Vander Laan Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • good academic record
  • financial need required; interest in medical missions
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Sammie Vander Laan Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,300
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Corwin G. and Ina June VanderVeer Family Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.3+
  • financial need not required; christian character and caring personality
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Victor VerMeulen Medical Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Watts Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • first-year
  • GPA 3.2+
  • financial need required; ethnic minority; preference given to students from Southern California
  • automatic consideration
Charles R. and Marie Werner Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Whitney Young Outreach Gerontological Nursing Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.7+
  • financial need required; interested in gerontological nursing; must complete a paid internship at Clark Memorial home for one semester while receiving the scholarship
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,100
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; pursuing a career in a health care profession
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Ruth Zylstra Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
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Faculty

Joke Ayoola

Joke Ayoola
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Department of Nursing
SB 258
aba3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6059

Debra Bossenbroek

Debra Bossenbroek
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 281
dah4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7196

Elizabeth Byma

Elizabeth Byma
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 235
eb36@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8718

Suzan Couzens

Suzan Couzens
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 320
stc4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8688

Mary Molewyk Doornbos

Mary Molewyk Doornbos
Professor, RN
Department of Nursing
SB 234
door@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6268

Cheryl Feenstra

Cheryl Feenstra
Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 231
cfeenstr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6255

Mary Flikkema

Mary Flikkema
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 244
flim@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6314

Jaclynn Lubbers

Jaclynn Lubbers
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
NH 254
jll23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7873

Jesse Moes

Jesse Moes
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 245
jrm3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6176

Renae Potts

Renae Potts
Assistant Professor, RN
Department of Nursing
SB 260
rpotts@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6447

Carol Rossman

Carol Rossman
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 251
clr24@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8599

Krista Sneller

Krista Sneller
Clinical Supervisor
Department of Nursing
NH 254
kls23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7547

Gail Zandee

Gail Zandee
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
SB 280
gzandee@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6814

Talk to us

Cheryl Feenstra Cheryl Feenstra
Department Chair
Department of Nursing
SB 231
cfeenstr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6255

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