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Nursing Courses

From the classroom to the clinical experiences, our courses prepare you for a career as a professional nurse.

Learn nursing by doing nursing

Our classes are led by our exceptional faculty in a variety of settings — from skills labs and simulation to clinical experiences in local hospitals and other health care facilities. In our practicum courses, the professor who teaches you in the theory portion of the class will usually be with you in the health care setting, providing context and experience for everything you learn. You will also graduate with real research experience, helping to position you for success after graduation.

View full course information in the catalog 

Pre-requisite and co-requisite courses

All nursing students are required to take the following courses:

Pass/Fail Grades for Spring 2020

Nursing Department response to the Hope College “Temporary Adaptation to the College’s Pass/Fail Option Policy” of April 3, 2020
By Donna Garrett – Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:46 a.m.

I want to clarify the adaptation of the Pass/Fail policy as it applies to students in the nursing major.

The statement from President Scogin indicated that “for some, earning reported letter grades will be important or even necessary based on specific circumstances, including academic programs that have highly sequenced, grade-dependent prerequisites or are in externally accredited programs where external requirements may not allow P/F courses in the major.” This includes the nursing major, as the nursing program is externally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the State of Michigan.

Nursing students do not have the option to ask for a “pass” for any course in the major or for any required pre-requisite course.

Nursing students may choose to apply for the pass/fail option for any general education courses according to the guidelines in the college-wide Pass/Fail policy.

Please consult with your faculty advisor if you have questions.

Thank you,

Dr. Garrett

Recommendations for Freshman

Students admitted to the program begin taking nursing courses during the fall semester of their sophomore year, but the courses you take as a freshman lay an important foundation.

  • Most students take Biology 103 in the fall of their freshmen year in order to apply in February
  • All incoming freshmen take IDS 100: First Year Seminar
  • Most incoming freshmen take Kinesiology 140: Health Dynamics
  • Second language, Psychology 100, Sociology 101 or English 113 are all appropriate for the fall semester of freshman year
  • Try to complete your second language requirement before your junior year
  • Try to complete your cultural heritage requirements prior to senior year
  • If you plan to study abroad during a spring or fall semester, discuss this with a nursing department faculty member during freshmen orientation
Four-year course plans

The nursing courses at Hope are highly sequenced. To graduate in four years, we strongly recommend following the course sequence suggested in our four-year course plan.

Talk to your advisor early about ways to incorporate a minor or plan ahead for off-campus study opportunities.

Nursing and the Liberal Arts

As a Hope College nursing major, you will have the opportunity to take many classes outside of nursing, allowing you to explore other interests, gain a stronger sense of global awareness and grow into a more competent and caring nurse. You will be able to:

  • Take non-nursing classes throughout the entirety of your Hope College experience
  • Challenge yourself with courses exploring history, philosophy and literature
  • Learn a new language, give printmaking a go,  join Brazilian drumming group, or try hip-hop
  • Take classes for your body, mind, and spirit