September 2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 08, 2022  
September 2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus  chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)

Program Description

This pre-licensure bachelor degree in nursing program prepares the generalist nurse with a focus on practice which is holistic, caring, safe, quality, and evidence-based client/patient care. The baccalaureate nurse generalist assumes the role of provider of direct and indirect care, designer, coordinator, and manager of care, and has membership in the profession as an advocate for clients/patients and the professions (AACN, 2008). The liberal arts education core provides a strong foundation for developing the clinical judgment and critical thinking skills required to provide care to diverse populations across the life-span, health-illness continuum, and in a variety of healthcare settings and to practice lifelong learning.

The general education and core nursing courses build on each other and are integrated throughout the curriculum. Theoretical instruction is integrated with clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings in order to provide a broad, holistic, and reality-based understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse.

Herzing University currently offers two options for completion of the pre-licensure BSN program; the Pre-licensure Plan and the Advancement Plan.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of their program, the student should be able to:

  1. Practice using caring, compassionate, culturally competent, and evidence-based practices in the roles of the baccalaureate nurse using the nursing process to provide patient/client-centered care in a variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Use a broad base of techniques to communicate effectively with clients, families, healthcare teams, and communities.
  3. Use critical thinking and decision making, local, state, national, and global policies, legislative concepts, and healthcare economics to effect quality healthcare and the evolving healthcare system.
  4. Integrate knowledge and skills in nursing leadership and management, quality improvement, and patient safety, as required, to provide healthcare.
  5. Integrate knowledge and skills to promote health and prevent disease across the lifespan and the continuum of healthcare environments.
  6. Practice professionalism, including the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
  7. Formulate a professional ethic that includes lifelong learning and continuous professional development in an ever-evolving healthcare environment.
  8. Think critically at a conceptual level and by using mathematical analysis as well as the scientific method, write and speak effectively, use basic computer applications, and understand human behavior in the context of the greater society in a culturally diverse world.

Special BSN Pre-Licensure Admission Requirements

Please refer to the “Special BSN Pre-Licensure Admission Requirements “for the Advancement Plan policy in the Admissions Information section of this catalog for program admission requirements. (Not applicable to Atlanta BSN Pre-Licensure students)

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, registered nurse.

Program Content

A minimum of 120.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Pre-Licensure Program Option: Required Courses in Nursing

A minimum of 69.00 semester credit hours is required.

Undergraduate students may take up to 12 graduate credits for selected courses. NU 500 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing for NU 206; NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence- Based Practice for NU 430; NU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice for NU 225; HCA 610 Health Policy and Management for NU 400. See Undergraduate Catalog for full requirements under title Dual Credit-Undergraduate Students Taking MSN Program Courses.

The Dual Credit option is only available for the Brookfield, Kenosha, and Madison campuses.



NU 215 is required for all students entering through the Advancement Plan. Core nursing courses that are identified with an (*) are fulfilled through transfer of credit based on licensure. NU 215 will substitute core nursing courses that are identified with a (**).


Students at the Akron campus will need to take NU 447 in lieu of NU 448 and NU 449. All other campuses will take NU 448 and NU 449.


General Education Prerequisite Courses

The following general education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (70%) or better for a student to be continued in the nursing program.

  • Anatomy and Physiology With Lab
  • Chemistry/ Natural science
  • College Algebra and Statistics
  • Microbiology

All other general education courses must be passed with a grade of “D” or better to be continued in the nursing program.

A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the general education courses but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the BSN nursing program in a future cycle.

General Education Required Courses

Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours must be upper level (300- to 400-level courses). Refer to the General Education  section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. *

12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communication
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in General Chemistry With Lab
9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (College Algebra and Statistics)
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science ♦

* Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 36.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

♦ Students must take PS 101 - Psychology  to fulfill this requirement.

Nursing Program Support Courses

13.00 semester credit hours are required.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Pre-Licensure Program Option: Distribution of Contact Hours by Course


Lecture: 1,455.00
Lab: 270.00
Clinical: 675.00
Total Contact Hours: 2,370.00
Credits: 120.00

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