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Nursing BSN: Prelicensure Major

Nursing is not just a major, but a career with limitless opportunities to work in a variety of settings and impact numerous populations. When you graduate, you will qualify to take the licensure examination required for practice as a registered nurse. 

Grand View's Nursing BSN major will prepare you for a rewarding career in a variety of clinical settings. You will develop skills and relationship with faculty that will help you develop into a caring health care professional who values learning and embodies a caring ethic. If you want to be the type of nurse who makes a difference in our world, Grand View's Nursing BSN program is for you.

Why Grand View?

  • Highly qualified faculty who are active in teaching, practice and research
  • A focus on a caring ethic and developing in-demand nursing skills
  • State-of-the-art instruction including simulation center
  • Small class sizes and personal focus on your success
  • Flexible schedule and affordable tuition
Career Options

We aren't just educating nurses, we're developing health care leaders who impact the lives and health of their patients. Recent grads are working as:

  • Hospital and Clinical Nurses
  • Clinical Resource Nurses
  • Patient Care Educators
  • Acute Behavioral Health Nurses
  • Clinical Instructors
  • Nursing Professors
  • Unit Managers
  • School Nurses

You could also attend graduate school to become a Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Leader, Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthesist.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Applicant Criteria
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be admitted to nursing.
  • Must have completed English 101, Biology 256, and Chemistry 107 with at least a grade of C.
  • Must achieve 80% or greater on the following two REACH A2 Examinations: Reading Comprehension and Basic Math Skills. If any of the A2 scores are less than 80%, the applicant may retake version two (V2) of the appropriate A2 examination. The applicant is allowed only these two attempts to achieve scores of 80% or above on the A2 examinations.
  • Highly recommended to complete Math 095 or Math 121.
  • Per the Iowa Board of Nursing, you must report all of your criminal history upon request for licensure. Each history is reviewed on a case by case basis. The severity of the crime, amount of time elapsed since it occurred, and your life since then are all considerations. Board staff cannot offer any guaranteed approvals or denials.
  • Students admitted to Grand View University to begin enrollment effective the Spring 2020 semester and who have previously been enrolled in a nursing program at another college or university, will be required to provide evidence that they left their previous nursing program in good standing and are currently eligible to continue enrollment in that program.  This requires that a letter from the director of their previous program (Dean, Chair, or Department Head) be sent directly to the Grand View University Nursing Department confirming good standing.

If you are interested in purchasing an HESI Evolve admission assessment review book, please contact the Grand View (GV) Bookstore at (515) 263-6134 or (515) 263-2833. The review book is also available for checkout at the GV Library.

Course Requirements

Prerequisites (7-12 credits)

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.

BIOL 101 General Biology I 4 credits
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 credits
MATH 095 or
MATH 096 or
Placement into MATH 121
Intermediate Algebra or
Introductory and Intermediate Algebra or
Placement into College Algebra
3 or 5 credits

Requirements (80 credits)

NURS 210 Basic Physical Assessment 2 credits
NURS 220 The Caring Professional Nurse 3 credits
NURS 250 Foundations of Nursing I 5 credits
NURS 310 Foundations of Nursing II 5 credits
NURS 320 Adult Health I 4 credits
NURS 340 Maternal / Newborn Nursing 3 credits
NURS 350 Pediatric Nursing 3 credits
NURS 410 Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing 3 credits
NURS 420 Adult Health II 4 credits
NURS 440 Complex and Older Adult Health 3 credits
NURS 460 Community Health Nursing 3 credits
NURS 470 Baccalaureate Practice Immersion 5 credits
NURS 480 Scholarship for Nursing Practice 4 credits
BIOL 140 Nutrition for Everyday Living 3 credits
BIOL 160 Human Anatomy 4 credits
BIOL 165 Human Physiology 4 credits
BIOL 256 Microbiology 4 credits
CHEM 107 Fundamentals of Organic & Biochemistry 4 credits
STAT 241 Principles of Statistics 4 credits
PSYC 212 Human Development 4 credits
PSYC 320 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
SOCS 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
Download Degree Checklist
Nursing student Handbook Nursing Living-Learning Community Application (nPod) Early Admission UnityPoint Reference Form

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Career Outlook

As one of today's most exciting and rewarding professions, a career in nursing promises to be challenging and filled with opportunity for flexibility and autonomy. You will be a vital part of a team of health care professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to patients.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for registered nurses will grow faster than most other occupations. The median annual salary for registered nurses was $68,450 in 2016. Nurses with graduate degrees command higher salaries.

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