May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Akron

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**Brookfield students starting in or after September 2020, Click here  for the BSN Program Outline.

**Kenosha and Madison students starting in or after October 2020, Click here  for the BSN Program Outline. 

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.

BSN Pre-Licensure Admission Requirements

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.

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.


Pre-Licensure Program Option: Required Courses in Nursing

A minimum of 69.00 semester credit hours is 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.

Online Course Options for the Brookfield, Kenosha and Madison locations

Select online courses may be taken as substitutions for the following courses:

Campus Course Online Course
NU 430 Evidence-Based Nursing Research and Practice     

NU 431 Evidence-Based Nursing Research and Practice      

NU 225 Nursing Informatics      

NU 425 Nursing Informatics   

NU 400 National and Global Health and Policy Issues    

NU 401 National and Global Health and Policy Issues     


Dual Credit Option for the Brookfield, Kenosha and Madison locations

Undergraduate students who qualify may take up to 9 graduate credits for the following selected courses:

Graduate Course

Undergraduate Campus Course

NU 560 – Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice

 NU 430 Evidence-Based Nursing Research and Practice     

NU 525 – Technology & Nursing Informatics and Advanced Practice

 NU 225 Nursing Informatics  

HA 610 - Health Policy and Management

NU 400 National and Global Health and Policy Issues   


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

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 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

13.00 semester credit hours are required.

  • 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
  • Semester Credit Hours: 4

    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: 2.00
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3.00

  • 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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