May 2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
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May 2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing-Minneapolis (BSNMN)

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(Please see the Herzing University Undergraduate Program Offerings by Location  chart in the catalog for a list of Herzing locations offering this program.)

Program Description

This comprehensive Bachelor of Science degree in nursing curriculum focuses on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness, and disease management throughout the lifespan and includes information about healthcare technologies using evidence-based practice. The liberal arts education core provides a strong foundation for developing clinical judgment and critical thinking skills required in professional nursing.

The BSN program prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) upon completion of the program. Graduates who successfully pass this national examination will be qualified to practice as registered nurses in the state in which they took the examination and will also be qualified to apply for licensure in all 50 states.

Students will begin the program by taking general education courses the first semester. The following semesters, the general education and nursing courses will build on each other and will be integrated throughout the program. 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.

Utilizing The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice as a framework, graduates will be primary providers of direct and indirect care in many different settings, including acute care, chronic care, and public 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.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize theoretical foundations from the liberal arts to support nursing practice.
  2. Practice in roles appropriate for the baccalaureate nurse generalist in providing, designing, managing, and coordinating care for individuals, families, populations, and communities.
  3. Incorporate levels of prevention in providing care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
  4. Critically analyze information to make defensible nursing judgments and utilize evidence-based practice and health policy in providing patient care.
  5. Provide culturally competent care.
  6. Utilize the nursing process to provide competent, safe, and holistic care that encompasses the physical, psychological, developmental, sociocultural, and spiritual dimensions of patients across the lifespan.
  7. Demonstrate effective verbal, written, and group communication skills.
  8. Demonstrate ethical practice individually and within an interdisciplinary healthcare environment.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to the role of the professional nurse.
  10. 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

Please refer to the “Undergraduate Nursing Program 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.

Program Content

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

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, 71.00 semester credit hours, are required.

^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.

Dual Credit Option

Undergraduate students in the BSNMN program may elect to take 3 semester credits of graduate coursework for the following course:


Graduate Course Undergraduate Course
NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice NM 465 Nursing Research   

See Academic Information for full requirements under the section titled Dual Credit-Undergraduate Students Taking MSN Program Courses .

Pre-licensure nursing students must successfully complete 60 credit hours prior to taking a graduate level course, in addition to existing GPA requirement of 3.0 in the previous semester.

Required Courses in General Education

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 Science (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements)
9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity)
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements)
6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science (Psychology is required)

*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.

Nursing Program Support Courses

11.00 semester credit hours are required.

  • The following nursing support courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (70%) or better for a student to continue in the nursing program. 

  • Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SC 186 Chemistry  
  • MA 109 College Algebra  
  • MA 320 Statistics   

  • The following nursing support courses must be completed with a grade of “B” (80%) or better.  Only two attempts are permitted for each course and a student who fails to successfully complete in the maximum attempts is subject to dismissal from the nursing program.

  • Semester Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Semester Credit Hours: 4.00

  • A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the Nursing Program Support 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.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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