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2024-2025 College Catalog 
2024-2025 College Catalog

ADN 3+1 Program with Saginaw Valley State University

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Students planning to enter the 3 + 1 program with Saginaw Valley State University should first declare the Associate in Science and Arts degree, then work closely with their Kirtland and SVSU advisors to choose appropriate courses for transfer. Once accepted into both programs (Kirtland Community College and Saginaw Valley State University), students will officially declare the 3 + 1 program as their program of study.

Kirtland Prerequisite Requirements: 21-22 credits

ALH 10101, ALH 11101, BIO 23500, and BIO 23600 require a grade of “B-” or higher. All other prerequisite courses require a grade of “C” or higher.

Minimum Kirtland Program Requirements: 70-71 credits

Saginaw Valley State University Program Requirements

  • NURS-301 Evidence-Based Practice in Professional Nursing 3 cr.
  • NURS-377 Nursing Care of Populations 3 cr.
  • NURS-379 Health Promotion for Diverse Populations 3 cr.
  • NURS-401 Nursing Leadership and Ethics  3 cr.
  • NURS-479 Nursing and Healthcare System Change (must be licensed) 3 cr.

Saginaw Valley State University General Education Requirements

​SVSU’s general education requirements also include Communication Intensive (CI) courses. Kirtland’s CI courses are HIS 20400 and HUM 20500. If the student’s transcript reflects MTA completion, they will meet the majority of the General Education requirements (in this case, CI classes must be completed at SVSU).

  • Category 1 Literature course 3 cr.
  • Category 2 Art course 3 cr.
  • Category 4 Natural Sciences course (with or without lab) 3-4 cr.
  • Category 5 History/Philosophy course 3 cr.
  • Category 7 Social Institutions course 3 cr.
  • Category 8 International Systems course 3 cr.
  • Category 9 Oral Communication course 3 cr.
  • Category 10 Written Commuication course 3 cr.
  • Upper Division Electives 9 cr.

Minimum SVSU Program Requirements: 124 credits

A minimum of 31 credits must be taken at SVSU to meet residency requirements.

Suggested Sequence of Courses:

Year 1 (Winter) 12 credits KCC

Year 1 (Summer) 6 credits KCC

  • SVSU Category 9 course  3 cr.
  • SVSU Category 10 course  3 cr.

Year 2 (Summer) 9-10 credits KCC

  • SVSU Category 2 course  3 cr.
  • SVSU Category 4 course  3 - 4 cr.
  • SVSU Category 5 course  3 cr.

Year 3 (Winter) 12 credits KCC

Year 3 (Summer) 6 credits KCC

  • SVSU Category 7 course  3 cr.
  • SVSU Category 8 course  3 cr.

Year +1 (Fall) 9 credits SVSU

  • SVSU NURS 301 Evidence-Based Practice Prof. Nursing  3 cr.
  • SVSU NURS 379 Health Promotion for Diverse Populations  3 cr.
  • SVSU Elective  3 cr.

Year +1 (Winter) 12 credits SVSU

  • SVSU NURS 377 Nursing Care of Populations  3 cr.
  • SVSU NURS 401 Nursing Leadership and Ethics  3 cr.
  • SVSU Upper Division electives  6 cr.

Year +1 (Summer) 6 credits SVSU

  • SVSU NURS 479 Nursing and Healthcare System Change 3 cr.
  • SVSU Upper Division elective  3 cr.


  • All nursing programs are subject to change.
  • A minimum of 31 SVSU credits should be earned to meet their residency requirement.
  • Kirtland minimum GPA for program entry is 2.4. SVSU minimum GPA for entry is 3.0.
  • BIO-25000 (Human Anatomy) and BIO-25100 (Human Physiology) are accepted if previously taken and a “B-” or better was earned in each course.
  • Timeframe on science pre-requisite courses (A&P 1 and 2, Med Term) accepted is within five years of application  to the program.
  • Prerequisite classes may only be repeated once for the required grade, failure to be successful after the second attempt will disqualify you from the ranking process (withdrawing and transfer classes do count).
  • Entrance TEAS exam with required score of 65% or higher will be necessary to be accepted into the program. Entrance exam may be taken three times; if the applicant does not meet the required score on the 3rd attempt, the applicant must wait three years to attempt the exam again and be considered for admission.
  • If student has failed out of another nursing program, they may meet with Director of Nursing for consideration of entrance to our program.
  • Felony convictions and certain misdemeanor convictions will prohibit admission to the nursing program. For more  information, please check with the Health Sciences Office at NursingHS@kirtland.edu.
  • Drug testing and background checks of all students will be required prior to final program acceptance.
  • Applications are accepted biannually, January 15 through May 15 for fall admission and January 15 through September 15 for winter admission. Students need to meet with their academic advisor to begin the application process.
  • Immunization records and a recent physical exam are required for final admission.
  • Nursing programs may have cohort groups in the fall and winter semesters. Please note that the Nursing Program is a full-time program that requires attendance in lecture, lab, or simulation Monday through Sunday at any time. Clinical may be assigned during day or evening hours. This will require the ability to maintain a flexible schedule from any applicant. Accommodations for work or personal schedules cannot be guaranteed.
  • Integrity is expected of students. Thus, any form of academic dishonesty in the prerequisite requirements, including plagiarism will be cause for disciplinary action and may result in ranking ineligibility. Please review the Nursing Academic Honesty Policy to learn more.

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