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The nursing program at Cornerstone University opens doors to an incredible future. It will wholeheartedly prepare you to serve in health care settings around the world with both the compassion and knowledge you need to be the best in your field. By working with the latest medical simulation technology. By learning from faculty who are practicing nurses. By joining our dedicated community. You’ll be ready. Ready for the NCLEX-RN®. Ready to care for our community in any setting—from the emergency room to acute care, from hospice to medical missions or whatever else God has planned for you.

As a potential BSN student at Cornerstone, you will have opportunities to complete your clinicals at world-renowned health systems like Mercy Health and Spectrum Health. The hands-on training you receive both inside and outside the classroom prepares you to bring the love of Christ to those in need.

Degree Type

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Format

  • On Campus
  • Residential

Location

  • Grand Rapids

Degree Plan

Nursing Facility Tour

The nursing center, completed in 2020, is outfitted to look and feel like a real hospital. The facility houses eight artificial intelligence mannequins manufactured by CAE, a global leader in medical training technology. These mannequins respond to medical treatment and can be controlled by a faculty member during simulations.

This incredible technology bridges the gap between classroom training and nurse-to-patient relationships. When you interact with this immersive technology, you are as close as you can be to interacting with real human beings. Imagine drawing blood. Assisting a patient who is experiencing an adverse reaction to medication. And monitoring the vitals of a newborn. At CU, you can accomplish all of these things before you even step foot in a hospital.

Careers

The training and support you’ll receive at Cornerstone will prepare you to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®), after which you will become a Registered Nurse. RNs may take a number of different career tracks within the medical field. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted in 2020 the nursing field is expected to increase by seven percent over the next decade, faster than any other career field. Nurses are needed in all sorts of facilities around the world, such as labor and delivery wards, pediatric offices, nursing homes and more.

Clinicals

As a BSN student at Cornerstone, you will have the opportunity to complete your clinicals at a variety of hospitals in West Michigan, all well-known for their excellent care and nursing expertise. Cornerstone has partnered with several area hospitals where you can learn about real-world scenarios in facilities close to home.

Opportunities

  • Community Health Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Pediatric and Maternal Health Nursing
  • Adult Health Nursing I
  • Adult Health Nursing II
  • Nursing Capstone Clinical

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Nursing Program Admission

The BSN admission process, while competitive, is designed to look at not only your academic performance but your personal and professional experience and aptitude for health and medicine. Follow the steps below for more information on how to apply.

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming freshman students interested in nursing should apply to Cornerstone as a pre-nursing major and enroll in pre-nursing classes. After their first semester at CU, students will be eligible to apply for competitive admission into the BSN program.

Direct vs. Competitive Application

There are two types of nursing program applications, direct and competitive.

Direct Admission Application

Direct admission provides a guaranteed spot in the BSN program with nursing classes beginning the first semester of your sophomore year.

Direct admission is available to select incoming freshmen who have a 3.5 or higher GPA, are admitted to Cornerstone University and have completed the direct admission application by Dec. 1. Test scores are not required for fall 2023.

If you qualify to apply through the direct admission process, you will be notified via email. In-person or virtual interviews will be required for all candidates.

Incoming freshmen who do not initially meet the academic requirements for direct admission are encouraged to apply for admission to the nursing program during their first semester of their freshman year as a CU pre-nursing student.

The direct admission application is available to incoming freshmen in the fall. Up to 50% of the yearly seats will be available for students who meet the requirements for direct admission.

ACT, SAT, CLT Requirements

For fall 2023 university admission to Cornerstone, students are not required to submit test scores (ACT or SAT). However, students who have taken a test are encouraged to submit scores. Upon enrolling at Cornerstone, test scores will be used to place students into the required English and math courses to maintain a four-year BSN program graduation timeline.

To place directly into the required first-semester English (ENG-212) and math (MAT-108) courses, test scores are as follows:

  • English Subscore: ACT 25 or SAT 630
  • Math Subscore: ACT 21 or SAT 530

Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT should plan to take Cornerstone placement tests to place into their first-semester math and English courses. Students who do not place directly into ENG-212 and MAT-108 may need to take J-term and/or summer courses to stay on a four-year BSN graduation timeline.

Kaplan Test Requirements

Students selected to interview for direction admission must take the Kaplan test before their interview day. To take the test, you will need to enroll on the Kaplan website before your interview day to receive your username and password.

There is a $50 test fee upon enrolling for the test.

The test is made up of 91 questions broken into four content sections. You can view the content section breakdown below.

  • Reading: 22 questions consisting of four passages with related questions that assess the following reading skills.
  • Math: 28 questions that assess a student’s application of mathematical principles in the following areas.
  • Writing: 21 questions consisting of nine passages with related questions that test the following writing skills.
  • Science: 20 questions covering knowledge of physiology in the following areas.

Further details regarding the Kaplan test will be emailed to students upon their notification of being selected to move on to the interview stage of the application process.

Pre-nursing majors who do not receive approval into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will obtain an Associate of Science in health services degree or should consider changing majors.

Incoming Transfers

We welcome transfer students into Cornerstone’s nursing program! Students interested in transferring to the CU nursing program should apply to Cornerstone as a pre-nursing major. Transfer students will be eligible to apply for competitive admission into the BSN program.

Application Deadlines

Apply for the Cornerstone BSN program below.

Spring 2023

Begin your competitive admission application for the Spring 2023 BSN cohort below. Spring classes begin in January 2023.

Deadline to Apply: Nov. 1, 2022

Apply for Spring 2023

Fall 2023

Begin your competitive admission application for the Fall 2023 BSN cohort below. Fall classes begin in September 2023.

Deadline to Apply: Jan. 15, 2023

Application coming late 2022.

Please call the Admissions Office at 616.222.1426 for more information.

Transferring Course Credits

We do not accept the transfer of any nursing (NUR) courses. We accept the transfer of any pre-requisite or core curriculum courses.

Please note: Pathophysiology is a course-specific to Cornerstone’s nursing program (NUR 353: Pathophysiology) and must be completed at Cornerstone.

Nursing Prerequisites

In order to ensure that a student is appropriately equipped to successfully engage in nursing classes, the following courses are prerequisites for the first three nursing classes (NUR 221, NUR 241, NUR 242).

  • SOC 111 – Intro to Sociology
  • PSY 111 – General Psychology
  • MAT 108 – College Mathematics
  • ENG 212 – Writing in Culture
  • COM 112 – Communication in Culture
  • BIO 151 – General Biology
  • BIO 241 – Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 242 – Anatomy & Physiology II

Course Transfer Policy

In order to receive credits towards the BSN degree, the prerequisites/corequisites that are required to have been completed in the last 5 years, with a minimum grade of 2.0 (C) from the date of starting into nursing classes include the following:

  • BIO 241 – Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 242 – Anatomy & Physiology II
  • CHM 110 – General, Organic, Biochemistry
  • BIO 352 – Microbiology
  • SCI 345 – Global Health & Epidemiology
  • SOC 111 – Intro to Sociology
  • PSY 111 – Intro to Psychology

Kaplan Test Requirements

As part of your nursing program application process, you are required to take the Kaplan test on Cornerstone’s campus. To take the test, you will need to enroll on the Kaplan website and then attend one of the offered on-campus testing sessions.

Spring 2023 Test Dates:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 | 9 a.m. – noon
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 | 1-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 | 9 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, Oct. 21 | 1-4 p.m.

If you do not see a date that works for you, please contact cara.galmish@cornerstone.edu to check for alternative testing appointment times.

Within 48 hours of submitting your nursing application, you will be emailed a link to select your preferred Kaplan test date and time.

Enrolling in the Kaplan Test

On the Kaplan website, Spring 2023 students should select the option “Fall 2022 ADM” to enroll and receive a username and password.

Please hang on to your username and password as you will need it for your in-person test date.

Spring 2023: Enroll in Kaplan Test

There is a $50 test fee upon enrolling for the test.

Preparing for Your Test

Below is everything you will need to know about how to prepare for your test.

#1. When will I take my Kaplan test?

You will take your test on Cornerstone University’s main campus once you have have enrolled on the Kaplan test website to receive a username and password. Select dates will be offered for you to come to campus and complete your test.

Spring 2023 Test Dates:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 | 9 a.m. – noon
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 | 1-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 | 9 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, Oct. 21 | 1-4 p.m.

If you do not see a date that works for you, please contact cara.galmish@cornerstone.edu to check for alternative testing appointment times.

#2. What is on the Kaplan test?

The test is made up of 91 questions broken into four content sections. You can view the content section breakdown below.

Reading: 22 questions consisting of four passages with related questions that assess the following reading skills.

  • Determining the logic of a passage
  • Comprehending details
  • Drawing basic inferences
  • Identifying the purpose of a passage

Math: 28 questions that assess a student’s application of mathematical principles in the following areas.

  • Conversions
  • Operations
  • Ratios
  • Word Problems

Writing: 21 questions consisting of nine passages with related questions that test the following writing skills.

  • Assessing passage development
  • Assessing paragraph logic
  • Assessing mechanics of writing

Science: 20 questions covering knowledge of physiology in the following areas.

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Electrolytes
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Immune system
  • Nervous system
  • Renal system
  • Hematological system
  • Homeostasis
  • Respiratory system
  • Sensory system

#3. How should I prepare for the test?

We suggest using the preparatory Kaplan textbook available for purchase at local bookstores or through Amazon.com: “Nursing School Entrance Exams Prep 2021-2022: Your All-in-One Guide to the Kaplan and HESI Exams.”

Other free resources are available online, but at this time, we recommend using the official preparatory book.

Current CU Students

Students currently enrolled at Cornerstone who are interested in joining the nursing program should complete the competitive nursing application.

Application Deadlines

Apply for the Cornerstone BSN program below.

Spring 2023

Begin your competitive admission application for the Spring 2023 BSN cohort below. Spring classes begin in January 2023.

Deadline to Apply: Nov. 1, 2022

Apply for Spring 2023

Fall 2023

Begin your competitive admission application for the Fall 2023 BSN cohort below. Fall classes begin in September 2023.

Deadline to Apply: Jan. 15, 2023

Application coming late 2022.

Kaplan Test Requirements

As part of your nursing program application process, you are required to take the Kaplan test on Cornerstone’s campus. To take the test, you will need to enroll on the Kaplan website and then attend one of the offered on-campus testing sessions.

Spring 2023 Test Dates:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 | 9 a.m. – noon
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 | 1-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 | 9 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, Oct. 21 | 1-4 p.m.

If you do not see a date that works for you, please contact cara.galmish@cornerstone.edu to check for alternative testing appointment times.

Within 48 hours of submitting your nursing application, you will be emailed a link to select your preferred Kaplan test date and time.

Enrolling in the Kaplan Test

On the Kaplan website, Spring 2023 students should select the option “Fall 2022 ADM” to enroll and receive a username and password.

Please hang on to your username and password as you will need it for your in-person test date.

Spring 2023: Enroll in Kaplan Test

There is a $50 test fee upon enrolling for the test.

Preparing for Your Test

Below is everything you will need to know about how to prepare for your test.

#1. When will I take my Kaplan test?

You will take your test on Cornerstone University’s main campus once you have have enrolled on the Kaplan test website to receive a username and password. Select dates will be offered for you to come to campus and complete your test.

Spring 2023 Test Dates:

  • Monday, Oct. 3 | 9 a.m. – noon
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 | 1-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20 | 9 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, Oct. 21 | 1-4 p.m.

If you do not see a date that works for you, please contact cara.galmish@cornerstone.edu to check for alternative testing appointment times.

#2. What is on the Kaplan test?

The test is made up of 91 questions broken into four content sections. You can view the content section breakdown below.

Reading: 22 questions consisting of four passages with related questions that assess the following reading skills.

  • Determining the logic of a passage
  • Comprehending details
  • Drawing basic inferences
  • Identifying the purpose of a passage

Math: 28 questions that assess a student’s application of mathematical principles in the following areas.

  • Conversions
  • Operations
  • Ratios
  • Word Problems

Writing: 21 questions consisting of nine passages with related questions that test the following writing skills.

  • Assessing passage development
  • Assessing paragraph logic
  • Assessing mechanics of writing

Science: 20 questions covering knowledge of physiology in the following areas.

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Electrolytes
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Immune system
  • Nervous system
  • Renal system
  • Hematological system
  • Homeostasis
  • Respiratory system
  • Sensory system

#3. How should I prepare for the test?

We suggest using the preparatory Kaplan textbook available for purchase at local bookstores or through Amazon.com: “Nursing School Entrance Exams Prep 2021-2022: Your All-in-One Guide to the Kaplan and HESI Exams.”

Other free resources are available online, but at this time, we recommend using the official preparatory book.

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Program Vision, Goals and
Learning Outcomes

Nursing Division Mission

The Cornerstone University Nursing Division exists to prepare students to serve Christ and their community through learning that focuses on the continual improvement of health.

Nursing Division Vision

The Nursing Division aspires to educate future nurses in an academically excellent, technologically advanced environment, who are competent and confident in their ability to meet the health care needs of a dynamic global society and a diverse patient population in a caring, holistic and Christ-focused manner.

Nursing Division Values and Goals

The following values are embedded throughout our policies, programs and student body:

  1. Jesus Matters: The Nursing Division values a spiritually rich environment facilitated by staff, faculty and students that desire to follow and serve God, fostering an ability to create a foundation on which each student’s personal vocation of nursing can develop.
  2. Academics Matters: The Nursing Division values rigorous academic excellence, provided by faculty who are experts in their field and dedicated to continual learning, in order to provide an education that is student centered, pursues clinical excellence and critical thinking through experiential learning, self-reflection, integration of evidence-based practice and the development of leadership skills.
  3. Resources Matter: The Nursing Division values a learning environment that is richly resourced through interprofessional collaboration on campus and in the community as well as through access to state of the art technology that facilitates a meaningful educational experience.
  4. Community Matters: The Nursing Division values diversity, equity and inclusion in our learning environment, curriculum and faculty and student activities. We desire to provide learning opportunities that develop cultural competence that will enable our students to engage in global citizenship.
  5. Equitable Health Care Matters: The Nursing Division values nursing education that will prepare students in the pursuit of equitable health care for all patients through advocacy and competent, compassionate and patient-centered care delivery models.

Program Learning Outcomes

Nursing students at Cornerstone University are cultivated as resolute followers of Christ, globally aware citizens and innovative thinkers. After completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you are fully equipped to take the NCLEX, which certifies you to become a registered nurse or pursue graduate education.

The nursing program reflects our commitment to developing students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas and across four spheres of care: 1) wellness and disease prevention; 2) chronic disease management; 3) regenerative and restorative care; and 4) hospice and palliative care. As a result, CU students who graduate from the nursing program are proficient in eight concepts: 1) clinical judgement; 2) communication; 3) compassionate care; 4) diversity, equity and inclusion; 5) ethics; 6) evidence-based practice; 7) health policy; and 8) social determinants of health.

Specialized Knowledge

Nursing students will demonstrate knowledge of the nature and function of the profession

  • Knowledge for Nursing Practice: Students will be able to integrate, translate and apply established and evolving disciplinary nursing knowledge and ways of knowing, as well as knowledge from other disciplines.
  • Person-Centered Care: Students will be able to provide holistic and just care.
  • Population Health: Students will be able to identify ways to support and improve population health outcomes.
  • Scholarship for Nursing Practice: Students will be able to generate, synthesize, translate, apply and disseminate knowledge to improve health and transform health care.

Applied Knowledge and Collaborative Learning

Nursing students will be able to analyze health within its unique nursing context.

  • Quality and Safety: Students will employ principles of safety and quality in nursing and health care.
  • Interprofessional Partnerships: Students will be able to collaborate across professions to positively impact health care.
  • Systems-Based Practice: Students will be able to respond to and lead within complex health care systems.
  • Informatics and Health Care Technologies: Students will be able to apply informatics to manage and improve health care services.
  • Professionalism: Students will be able to exhibit professional behavior and identity.
  • Personal, Professional and Leadership Development: Students will be able to demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development and leadership.

Intellectual Skills

Nursing students will demonstrate their ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency, and communicative fluency, both within and supporting to the discipline of nursing.

Civic and Global Engagement

Nursing students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing health related, civic, social, environmental and economic issues.

Biblical Worldview Integration

Nursing students will be able to articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional, and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.

Accreditation

Cornerstone is in the process of pursuing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Full CCNE accreditation is expected in 2023. The accreditation process does not affect your ability to take the NCLEX-RN® or get a job as a nurse. Most graduate programs do require CCNE accreditation, but most also require two years of practice as a nurse. CCNE accreditation will be retroactive to the site visit date in March 2023, with the first cohort graduating in May 2024.

Nursing is part of my purpose for being here. It’s important as a follower of Christ, and it’s important to me to follow that calling.

Riley Fogg (’24)

Faculty

Faculty in Cornerstone’s Nursing Division have decades of experience in nursing areas such as cardiac step-down, labor and delivery, emergency and more.

Related Programs

Interested in a career in engineering, science, technology or medicine? Explore some of the other program options we have available in the Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics Division.

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