(Please see the Undergraduate Program Offerings by Campus chart in the catalog or on the Herzing Website at www.herzing.edu/career-programs/downloads for a list of Herzing campuses offering this program.)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Bridge to BSN program is a professional program that builds on a foundation of knowledge in science, humanities, multi-disciplines, and prior nursing knowledge. The BSNBB program in Orlando has two options: Accelerated (students who have already earned a bachelor of arts or science degree in another field); and pre-licensure Bridge to RN, which includes applicants who have successfully completed a program in practical nursing, paramedic, respiratory therapy or cardiovascular technology and hold a license in that discipline. Students graduating from this program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to obtain Florida RN licensure.
The curriculum is concept-based and moves from simple to complex learning and application to analysis utilizing critical thinking, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice. The curriculum is designed to facilitate complex thinking and deeper understanding of nursing concepts. The curriculum actively engages students and faculty, leading to discovery, reflection, and thoughtful application of nursing knowledge across the life-span and in culturally diverse populations. The conceptual framework for the program is based on Ida Jean Orlando’s Nursing Process Theory and incorporates QSEN guidelines.
The BSNF curriculum framework encompasses The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Nursing and the National League of Nursing’s (NLN) Core Values and Educational Competencies and incorporates adult learning theory. Graduates will be primary providers of direct and indirect care in many different settings, including acute care, long-term, and community health. In providing care, nurses will also serve as patient advocates and educators. The focus of care may be an individual, a group, or a specific population. Graduates will also be prepared to assume first-line management positions. Emphasis is placed on the importance of nursing research and evidence-based practice. The program provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in nursing.
Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Manage quality, safe, evidence-based, skilled, and patient-centered care utilizing the nursing process.
- Apply research methods to evaluate current knowledge from nursing theory, nursing science, and related disciplines to inform and/or initiate change in educational, clinical, and organizational decision making.
- Engage in critical thinking necessary for leadership and management, quality improvement, and patient safety, as required, to provide high-quality healthcare.
- Integrate teaching and learning principles in both formal and incidental teaching situations for health promotion in areas of advanced leadership, community/public health, and global health.
- Participate in collaborative relationships with individuals, families, groups, communities, populations, and members of the interdisciplinary team to provide and improve care.
- Review existing or proposed local, state, national, and global policy and legislation, including financial and regulatory, that affect healthcare.
- Demonstrate leadership roles appropriate for the baccalaureate nurse in designing, managing, and coordinating patient care within the context of competent, ethical, and patient-focused care in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse patient populations.
- Integrate knowledge, communication skills, and scientific finding from nursing science, computer science, information science, and cognitive science in the professional practice of nursing informatics.
- Incorporate scholarship, professional behaviors, ethical, and legal principles into baccalaureate nursing performance.
- 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 Admission Requirements
Applicants must have successfully completed a program in practical nursing, paramedic, respiratory therapy, or cardiovascular technology and hold a license in that discipline. Please refer to the “Undergraduate Nursing Admission Requirements ” policy in the Admissions Information section of this catalog for nursing program admission requirements.
Potential Occupational Titles
Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, registered nurse.
A minimum of 120.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.
Students who have completed a practical nursing, paramedic, respiratory therapy, or cardiovascular technology program and hold a valid license to practice from any state will be awarded 14.00 semester credit hours toward this degree.
Third Party Testing
Assessment and remediation are critical components of nursing education. Students in the nursing program may be required to take third-party, standardized exams in an electronic format throughout the curriculum. These standardized tests are valid and reliable predictors of success on the NCLEX examination and provide valuable feedback concerning student strengths and weaknesses. Student learning outcome data identifies content areas that require remediation, allowing faculty to personalize student support and intervention. Courses that utilize third-party exams will incorporate the points earned on the test as a percentage of the final grade earned for the course as specified in the course syllabus.
Required Courses in Nursing
All courses, 59.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Undergraduate students may take up to 6 graduate credits for selected courses. HCA 610 Health Policy and Management for NF 320 and NU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology for NF 310. See Undergraduate Catalog for full requirements under title Dual Credit-Undergraduate Students Taking MSN Program Courses.
^A dosage calculation exam is required for this course. Students unable to pass the exam will be issued a final grade of “F” and will be required to repeat the course in order to satisfy program requirements. Please review the course syllabus for more information.
Required Support Courses for Nursing
11.00 semester credit hour is required.
General Education Prerequisites
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
- College Mathematics (Algebra and Statistics)
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 nursing program in a future cycle.
Required Courses in General Education
Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 34.00 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 Communications
3.00 Semester Credit Hours in General Education Electives ■
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities § (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity)
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (College Algebra and Statistics) ♦
4.00 Semester Credit Hours of Natural Science With a Lab Component ▲
3.00 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 45.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.
■ Students must take a 300-level course to fulfill this requirement.
§ A course with a critical thinking focus would be a course that addresses the theories and application of critical analysis with an emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Examples may be courses in critical thinking, philosophy, logic, or science.
♦ Students must take MA 109 and MA 320 to fulfill this requirement.
▲ Students must take SC 370 and SC 370L to fulfill this requirement.
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.