Grand View University Nursing School Review

Grand View University (GVU), founded in 1896, has two campus locations in Iowa. The main campus is located in downtown Des Moines and the extension campus (called the Camp Dodge Campus) is located in Johnston, Iowa. Approximately 2300 students are enrolled at Grand View (GV) University, pursing bachelors degrees, masters degrees, and certificates.

For prospective nurses, the university offers a bachelor’s program, and for Registered Nurses (RN), Grand View University offers a bachelor’s completion track and a master’s program. All the nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Prelicensure

The prelicensure track of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program takes four years to complete. The curriculum includes a combination of general education courses, which are required by the university, and nursing courses/nursing support classes. In order to begin the nursing courses, a student must complete at least the following three courses (eleven credits): English composition, anatomy and physiology, and general psychology. The nursing curriculum is worth eighty-five credits total; these eighty-five credits, in combination with the general education requirements, take four years to complete. After earning a BSN degree, a graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – LPN to RN

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) may enroll in the BSN program. On the basis on his previous education and his work experience, he may receive advanced placement credits for either Nursing Situations with Families and Children within Families in the Institution (five credits) or for Nursing Situations with Adults within Families in the Institution (five credits). The remainder of the LPN to RN program is identical to the prelicensure BSN program. Grand View University offers the LPN to RN program in an accelerated format, for LPNs who wish to continue working while studying. LPNs can take classes in the evening, and study on a full-time or part-time basis. The LPN to BSN program begins each fall and each spring.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN

Grand View University’s RN to BSN program is designed to provide flexibility to working Registered Nurses who wish to complete a BSN degree. Classes are offered mostly in the evenings, and students may enroll either full-time or part-time. An incoming RN can receive up to sixty-two credits toward the nursing curriculum. To earn the BSN degree, she must complete at least twenty-five additional nursing credits in addition to any general education requirements that she is missing. The length of the RN to BSN program will vary depending on how many advanced placement credits the RN receives as well as how many general education classes are required.

Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Grand View University trains RNs to become Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL). On a full-time basis (five to eight credits per semester), the program takes two years to complete. It starts in the fall semester, and includes two summer semesters. In total, a student in the MSN program must earn forty credits. After completing the course sequence, a graduate may take the CNL certification exam offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Grand View University
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316

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