As a Hope College nursing major, you will gain valuable skills and experiences in and out of the classroom while developing tight-knit relationships with fellow students and department faculty.

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
  • Exceptional high school students are invited to apply for pre-acceptance if they satisfy the following requirements: 
    • An ACT score of 28 or higher or an SAT score of 1300 or higher
    • List nursing as an academic interest
  • 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

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.