Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. They are advocates and health educators for patients, families and communities. When providing direct patient care, they observe, assess and record symptoms, reactions and progress in patients; assist physicians during surgeries, treatments and examinations; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. RNs also develop and manage nursing care plans, instruct patients and their families in proper care and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health. While State laws govern the tasks that RNs may perform, it is usually the work setting that determines their daily job duties.

3 + 1 with Ursuline University

Heidelberg University, in cooperation with the Breen School of Nursing of Ursuline University, Cleveland, Ohio, offers a pre-professional program in nursing leading to a Bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Ursuline. The 3 + 1 program requires 3 years of study at Heidelberg and 15 months at Ursuline. During the three years at Heidelberg, the student will complete the general education and major requirements as defined in the Heidelberg University Catalog (See an academic plan to complete the 3 + 1 with a Health Sciences major). Of these requirements, thirty-eight (38) semester hours are pre-nursing courses that must be completed with an average of 3.0 or greater. Furthermore, students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in mathematics and science courses. The pre-nursing courses are:

  • BIO 325 Microbiology
  • BIO 363-364 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • CHM 111-112 General Chemistry
  • CHM 201 Organic Chemistry
  • MTH 115 Quantitative Reasoning or MTH 210 Elementary Statistics
  • PSY 101 General Psychology
  • HPE 306 Nutrition
  • ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology
  • PHI 217 Bioethics
  • Lifespan Development

Special Considerations

  • Additional Courses
    • BIO 403 Cadaver Prosection
    • COM 100 Oral Communication
    • CPS 100 Intro to Computers
    • CPR / First Aid certification
  • Community Service


  • Apply during Junior year at Heidelberg College
  • Apply to programs directly
    • Check individual programs for application requirements
  • What schools look for:
    • grades
    • personal statement
    • recommendations
    • community service
    • interpersonal communications skills

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