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UndergraduateWhere Health Meets Care

Nursing

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. 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 Holland Home. Paired with four years of Scripture-based course work, 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

Academic Division

  • Nursing Division

Format

  • Residential

Degree Plan

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Square-foot nursing facility that boasts some of the newest training technology.

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Of BSN graduates will be fully prepared to sit for the NCLEX.

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Anticipated student-to-faculty ratio for lab-based courses.

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), 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

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.

New Students

New 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.

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.

Direct admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may be available to select students who meet the academic requirements. Students will be notified after their acceptance to CU if they are eligible for direct admission to the nursing program. Up to 50% of the yearly seats will be available for students who meet the requirements for direct admission.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2022 Nursing Enrollment

Entering pre-nursing freshmen who enroll at Cornerstone for the fall 2022 semester can apply for the BSN program beginning in September 2021.

For direct admission consideration, students must meet academic requirements, be admitted to Cornerstone University and apply using the direct admission application. Students 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 as a CU pre-nursing student.

For fall 2022 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
    • SAT 630
  • Math Subscore
    • ACT 21
    • 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.

If you are selected as a candidate for the direct admission process, you will be notified via email. In-person or virtual interviews will be scheduled.

Transfer Students

We welcome transfer students into Cornerstone’s anticipated 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.

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.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2022 Nursing Enrollment

Competitive admission to the nursing program may be available to Fall 2022 pre-nursing applicants who transfer to CU. Please call the Admissions Office at 616.222.1426 for more information.

Current CU Students

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.

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.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2022 Nursing Enrollment

Competitive admission to the nursing program may be available to Fall 2022 pre-nursing applicants who transfer to CU. Please call the Admissions Office at 616.222.1426 for more information.

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Accreditation

Cornerstone is in the process of pursuing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Full CCNE accreditation is expected by 2023. The accreditation process does not affect your ability to take the NCLEX 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 all previous students that have graduated from the program since their initial application.

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.

Admissions Office

Contact

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616.222.1418

Hours

MON - FRI: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT & SUN: Closed

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