Nursing

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Type of Degree: Major

Our nursing degree integrates the liberal arts tradition to educate and equip nurses with the balance needed to advance science, use technology, and apply theory and research to care for individuals in all settings. Through innovative activities and projects, our curriculum educates leaders in nursing who promote health for individuals, families, and populations locally and globally. To accomplish this - we provide students with three different pathways. 

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1-2-1 Nursing Pathway

Through a partnership with Terra State Community College, our 1-2-1 Pathway leads to a BSN degree.  Students spend their freshman year at Heidelberg, the next two years with Terra as pre-licensure nursing students. The consortium allows for seamless articulation from the AAS degree to a BSN. Licensure is required for students to enter into the fourth year online portion of post-licensure BSN coursework.

RN-BSN Completion Pathway

This RN to BSN Pathway is designed for practicing registered nurses to earn their BSN degree, following met prerequisites for entry and degree requirements. These nurses are licensed individuals who have earned an associate degree in nursing and desire a BSN degree.

3 + 1 Partnership Pathway

In cooperation with the Breen School of Nursing of Ursuline College, Heidelberg 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.

About our Program

Mission

The mission of the nursing program, in accordance with Heidelberg University, is to cultivate a community of learning that nurtures intellectual, personal, and professional development. This development of individuals promotes lifelong learning, compassion and caring, in preparation for living a life of purpose with distinction.

Philosophy and Values

The philosophy of the nursing program is aligned with the mission and goals expressed by Heidelberg University. The nursing program integrates the Liberal Arts tradition to equip nurses with skills needed to lead professional and interprofessional teams and organizations in a variety of settings. The expectation of caring and compassion for human existence is based on trust, promoted through integrity, and demonstrated as acts of advocacy. Advancing the science of nursing improves the health of all individuals. Through innovation and creativity, the program goal is to educate individuals to become agile leaders in nursing who promote health for individuals, families, and populations of the world. The nursing program is committed to offering opportunities that prepare students to become global citizens who communicate effectively, think critically, serve thoughtfully and champion social justice.  These core values are consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing values.

Core Values

•  Innovation
•  Collaboration
•  Leadership
•  Integrity
•  Agility
•  Advocacy

Professional Values

•  Confidentiality
•  Punctuality
•  Personal appearance
•  Projected sense of service

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

Heidelberg University is a member of the NC-SARA program.  Heidelberg University does note discriminate against applicants from any geographic location across the USA.   However, some states have statutes and laws that create near impossible conditions for their residents to attend an online program out of the home state.  In addition, some states may prohibit nurses from practicing clinical experiences outside of their licensed state or state of education, making it impossible for students to secure healthcare facilities for clinical or project-based experiences.  Therefore, only students of states that are approved members of National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) will be enrolled in this online program.

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