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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What makes the Hope College Nursing Program unique?
There are three areas that are especially unique within the Hope College Nursing Program. These include a nursing internship, a research practicum experience, and a community-based course. In the last semester, all nursing students have a clinical experience of at least 150 hours in an area of interest. This internship will prepare students for the transition to becoming a Registered Nurse. Students will participate in an on-going nursing research project that will assist in understanding how evidence-based nursing practice improves the quality of health care. The community-based course provides the opportunity to work in partnership with parish nurses and families, focusing on spiritual care and promoting health.
2. Is the Hope College Nursing Program accredited?
Yes, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted the Hope College Nursing Program re-accreditation in April 2009. The maximum of 10 years was awarded.
3. Does state board of nursing approve the Hope College Nursing Program?
Yes, the Michigan Board of Nursing has fully approved the Hope College Nursing Program.
4. What should I take while I am in High School?
High School students are strongly recommended to take chemistry, math, biology, a course in the social sciences, and follow the college curriculum recommendations provided by your high school counselor.
5. Is there pre-acceptance for exceptional High School students?
Yes, exceptional high school graduates interested in pursuing a degree in nursing are eligible for pre-acceptance to the nursing program at Hope College. In order to qualify for pre-acceptance a student must meet the following criteria:
• Acceptance to Hope College
Please visit the Hope Nursing application site for more information about pre-acceptance for exceptional high school students.
6. Will AP credits count for nursing?
Generally, credit is granted to students who received scores of 4 or 5 in advanced placement courses. Biology, chemistry, statistics, and English advanced placement credits may fit well in the nursing curriculum.
7. What are the required pre-nursing courses?
At least two of the following required natural science courses and one of the following required social science course must be completed before beginning nursing courses.
8. When do Hope students start the nursing major?
In the sophomore year.
9. How many students are accepted in the nursing major each year?
The Hope College Nursing Program is approved to accept 45 new nursing students each year.
10. What are the criteria for admission to the nursing major?
11. Are study abroad programs available to me as a nursing student?
12. What will the Hope College Nursing Program prepare me to do?
Students will be prepared to pass the NCLEX (state board nursing examination), obtain employment in an entry level nursing position in a variety of agencies, and pursue graduate education for more advanced practice and specialized nursing study.
13. Why should I get a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Hope College instead of going to a community college?