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 leads to registered nurse licensure in three years with the fourth year post-licensure nursing courses to be completed online to provide flexibility for working nurses and/or individuals with families. This pathway offers flexibility, allowing students to live on either the Heidelberg or Terra State Community College campus, potentially participate on athletic teams, and be a part of two engaging college communities. 

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 apply separately 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, 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. 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 general education courses and pre-nursing topics such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, 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 nursing courses.

Terra State Community College

At Terra, your nursing courses will focus on the fundamentals of nursing and 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 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
  • Nursing Director Advisory Council

1-2-1 Consortial Curriculum

Pre-Nursing Courses (at HU) – Year 1


•  BIO 121 – Intro to Human Anat. & Phys. I
•  CHM 106 – Allied Health Chemistry I
•  WRI 101 – College Writing II
•  MTH 119 – Statistics
•  HEI 101 – AIM Hei I
•  Elective or Humanities/Fine Arts        


•  BIO 122 – Intro to Human Anat. & Phys. II
•   CHM 107 – Allied Health Chemistry II
•  COM 245 – Interpersonal Communication
•  PHI 216 or 217 – Ethics or Bioethics
•  PSY 101 – General Psychology
•  HEI 102 – Aim Hei II

Pre-Licensure Courses (at TSCC) – Years 2 & 3


•  NUR 1110 – Fundamentals of Nursing
•  NUR 1113 – Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical
•  NUR 1125 – Fundamentals of Nursing Skills Lab
•  BIO 1720 – Microbiology
•  BIO 1725 – Microbiology Lab
•  Humanities/Fine Arts
•  Foreign Language I   


•  NUR 1050 – Nursing Pharmacology Lecture
•  NUR 1140 – Medical-Surgical Nursing I Lecture
•  NUR 1143 – Medical-Surgical Nursing I Clinical
•  NUR 1145 – Medical-Surgical Nursing I Lab
•  PSY 205 – Lifespan Development
•  Humanities/Fine Arts
•  Foreign Language II


•  NUR 2110 – Medical-Surgical Nursing II Lecture
•  NUR 2114 – Medical-Surgical Nursing II Clinical
•  NUR 2121 – Mental Health Nursing Lecture
•  NUR 2124 – Mental Health Nursing Clinical
•  NUR 2061 – Obstetrical Nursing Lecture
•  NUR 2073 – Obstetrical Nursing Clinical
•  NUR 2161 – Pediatric Nursing Lecture
•  NUR 2173 – Pediatric Nursing Clinical


•  NUR 2130 – Medical-Surgical Nursing III Lecture
•  NUR 2134 – Medical-Surgical Nursing III Clinical
•  NUR 2140 – Community Based Nursing Lecture
•  NUR 2143 – Community Based Nursing Clinical
•  NUR 2150 – Nursing Management & Leadership Lecture
•  NUR 2154 – Nursing Management & Leadership Precept.
•  Humanities/Fine Arts

Post-Licensure Courses (online - HU faculty) – Year 4

These nursing courses are taught in 7.5 week intensive sessions per semester; 2 courses per session.


•  NRS 400 – Theoretical Foundation of Nursing
•  NRS 410 – Legal & Ethical Issues in Nursing
•  NRS 420 – Healthcare Technology & Informatics
•  NRS 430 – Research & Evidence Applications (Capstone)


•  NRS 440 – Communication, Population, & Global Health*
•  NRS 450 – Interprofessional Roles in Global Health
•  NRS 460 – Health Policy & Advocacy
•  NRS 470 – Leading & Managing Healthcare Teams*

* = clinical course

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