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Nursing BSN Degree: 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 the level of proficient or better on the ATI TEAS test. Questions, within the ATI TEAS, are designed to test the basic academic skills you will need to perform successfully in the areas of Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage.
  • 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 ATI TEAS Study Manual, please contact the Grand View Bookstore at (515) 263-6134 or (515) 263-2833. The study manual is also available for checkout at the GV Library.

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Program Testimonial

"Overall, the process of getting my BSN has bettered me in so many ways. It has been worth every minute. I wish there was a way that it could be less expensive, so more nurses would pursue their BSN. I can see how teachers for online courses can make or break a student’s experience. All of my teachers have “made” the experience worth the time and money. I would recommend to any nurse to get their BSN and I would happily recommend Grand View as a good choice."

- Rebekah Cullinan '19

"I feel as though nurses who have undergone training and teaching on the importance of lifelong learning, critical inquiry, nurturing self and caring relationships, cultural competency, and empowering and influencing others are better equipped to take care of patients as a well-rounded nurse. Baccalaureate-prepared nurses who see and understand the value of these core competencies are prepared to provide holistic care to patients and form caring relationships with people they encounter."

- Alli Brown

Faculty Testimonials

Sherri WattsSherri Watts

“Sherri has not only been an instructor to me, but also a friend. She genuinely cares about how her students are doing and makes herself available when she sees that help is needed. For me, I got the privilege of having her as an instructor 2 semesters in a row, which gave me a chance to open up about things in my life that were affecting my coursework. Even after those courses, I have still been able to reach out to her about things and she has always been a good listener and supporter. I will always consider her a close friend of mine even after I graduate Grand View.” - Dumbari Taoh

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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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