1-2-1 Nursing Pathway

Earn affordable nursing degrees from two recognized institutions – Heidelberg University and Terra State Community College. The 1-2-1 Consortial Pathway creates a seamless transition between Heidelberg University and Terra State Community College. The program prepares students for registered nurse licensure in three years with the fourth year of post-licensure baccalaureate nursing courses to be completed online.

Wally Kalinowski
Wally Kalinowski '23

Heidelberg’s 1-2-1 nursing program has impacted my life by challenging me to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. I have learned to multitask and prioritize my daily tasks to be successful in work and in other aspects of my life. This program has allowed me to continue my education while I have begun my career as a nurse. It has opened many paths for me to continue my education in a graduate program such as a Pediatric NP, CRNA, or even MD. I am grateful for my time at Heidelberg University.

Flexible and Affordable

Students may participate on athletic teams and in student activities as part of two engaging college communities for years 2 and 3. This pathway extends flexibility by allowing students to live on either the Heidelberg or Terra State Community College campus while attending classes at Terra.  The 1-2-1 pathway is affordable because of financial aid when completing Heidelberg pre-nursing courses, state tuition rates while attending courses at Terra, and reduced tuition rates for post-licensure nursing coursework.    

Program Overview

Year One: Pre-Nursing

You will spend your first year at Heidelberg where you will take pre-professional general education and rigorous science courses. (Prospective transfer students must complete at least one semester of full-time coursework at Heidelberg University to be eligible for the 1-2-1 Nursing program.)   After successfully completing at least one full semester of coursework at Heidelberg, you will petition for admission to the nursing program at Terra.

Years Two & Three: Pre-Licensure

As a Terra student, you will participate in courses related to nursing along with a few necessary baccalaureate degree courses and electives.  Upon successful completion of the nursing program, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) from Terra State Community College.  

Year Four: Post-Licensure

Upon successful completion of the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), the fourth year consists of nursing courses geared to becoming a nurse leader in the global context of the nursing profession and builds upon the nursing education received in the Terra State curriculum. Students deemed eligible by their pre-licensure nursing program to sit for the NCLEX may complete up to two 400-level nursing courses at Heidelberg prior to licensure. This final year through Heidelberg is completely online. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) from Heidelberg University.

Nursing Course Information

Heidelberg University

During your first year, your course work will focus on pre-professional courses and pre-nursing topics such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, medical terminology, and interpersonal communications.  You will work hands-on in small classes that focus on the individual success of each student. These courses will provide a foundation for the rigorous curriculum of pre-licensure nursing education.

Terra State Community College

At Terra, your nursing courses will focus on the fundamentals of nursing and preparation as a contributing member of the healthcare team.  Hands-on simulation laboratory and real-life clinical experiences will prepare you for caring for a broad array of patients. The AAS pre-licensure program prepares students for a career in nursing and successful completion of the NCLEX licensing exam.

Student Opportunities

As a member of two campus communities, you will have the opportunity to participate in campus activities and student services, as well as access resources from both schools of higher education. You can even live in Heidelberg residence halls while completing courses at Terra. You can join Heidelberg college student organizations as well as professional nursing organizations such as:

  • State Nurses Association
  • National Student Nurse Association
  • Program Advisory Council