Nursing

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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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

Accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Heidelberg University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the undergraduate nursing program, the student will be able to:

  1. Navigate complex nursing practice situations through integration of concepts, skills, and the values of humanism from a liberal education.
  2. Lead transformative care for patients across the lifespan by minimizing risk, fostering quality improvement, and stimulating innovative initiatives.
  3. Appraise theory-guided research to identify practice issues and support adoption of best practices in the delivery of patient care.
  4. Provide efficient patient care using scientific technologies and information management systems to identify health alterations and complex care needs in a variety of healthcare settings.
  5. Advocate for policy, finance, and regulation changes that foster improved processes for patient care in local and global health care delivery systems.
  6. Communicate for collaboration across healthcare professions to provide comprehensive patient-centered care.
  7. Employ principles of prevention and health promotion to provide culturally competent care to individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  8. Apply personal values, learning values, and professional values that promote innovation, quality improvement, and a culture of excellence in professional nursing practice.
  9. Provide comprehensive care to diverse recipients across the continuum of healthcare environments using elements of baccalaureate nursing education, professional standards, and principles of social justice.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

Heidelberg University is a member of the NC-SARA program.  Heidelberg University does not 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. As a result, the Heidelberg Nursing program will not be accepting applications for distance learning from residents in the following states:  Arizona, California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.  This includes nurses who live in another state but desire clinicals in any of the italicized states listed above. Therefore, 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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