Hope’s nursing department prepares professional nurses through an innovative program that combines academic excellence with the Christian faith.

Join us to engage in the scholarly art and science of nursing, where you'll learn to provide multi-dimensional, compassionate and culturally sensitive care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.

Our faculty create a collaborative environment that promotes critical thinking, scholarship and professional development.

Holistic Application Review

When reviewing applications, we assess each student’s unique experiences alongside traditional measures of academic achievement such as grades and test scores. Our nursing program considers a broad range of factors that reflect your academic readiness, contribution to the incoming class, and potential for success both at Hope and as a professional.

To prepare you for a career as a highly competent, research-based nurse, you will learn through numerous hands-on experiences. Your nursing classes will begin in our newly renovated, state-of-the-art simulation lab and continue at our varied practicum site locations.

How to become a nursing major

You can enter the Nursing Program by one of the following routes:

  • Most students apply in the spring of their freshman year after meeting application requirements
  • Some students apply in a later semester, but must fulfill the same requirements
  • Transfer students

Whatever your path to admittance, contact the nursing department office before taking any tests or completing the application. You can contact the nursing department by phone at 616.395.7420 or by email at nursing@hope.edu

Why study nursing at Hope

Beginning in your sophomore year at Hope, when you start your nursing courses, you will receive hands-on, real-world experience in and out of the classroom. We want you to feel like a professional nurse right away.

From there, you will have the chance to study alongside our excellent faculty in research practicums, work at local hospitals during your clinicals and utilize our skills and simulation labs built specifically for the nursing department. Upon graduation, our students are employed within one year, usually much sooner.

Read about a recent graduates's experience as a nursing student 

View accreditation and approval information for the Department of Nursing.

Hope by the Numbers

  • 18%Student Athletes

    Twenty percent of nursing students are athletes playing on varsity teams. (Source: Hope College Student Activities Survey, 2019)

  • >95%NCLEX Pass Rate

    From 2013–2019, more than 95% of nursing students have passed the NCLEX their first time.

  • 66%Dean's List

    Sixty-six percent of nursing student survey respondents made the Dean's List in spring 2019. (Source: Hope College Student Activities Survey)

  • 22International May Term

    Twenty-two nursing students went on international May terms in 2016.