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

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Accelerated BSN Option - Kenosha, Madison, and Brookfield

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**Brookfield students starting in or after January 2021, click here  for the BSN - Accelerated Option Program Outline.

**Kenosha and Madison students starting in or after May 2021, click here  for the BSN - Accelerated Option Program Outline.

Program Description

This accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing program is designed for those holding bachelor’s or master’s degrees in other fields who want to become a bachelor-prepared registered nurse (BSN). The program is designed to facilitate a career change to prepare 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 support courses 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.

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.

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, including transfer credit from previous bachelor’s 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.

Accelerated Pre-Licensure Program Option: Required Courses in Nursing

A minimum of 67.00 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.

Dual Credit Option

Undergraduate students in the Accelerated BSN program will be assigned to take 9 semester credits of graduate courses. Students may request to take the corresponding undergraduate course for the following graduate courses:

Graduate Course

Undergraduate 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 .

Transfer Credits for General Education and Open Electives

Students enrolling in the Accelerated BSN option at the Brookfield, Kenosha, and Madison locations will receive block transfer credit for coursework completed in their previous degree. A minimum of 34.00 semester credit hours of general education and open elective credits will be awarded from a previously earned bachelor’s degree. Additional transfer credits may be considered for the programmatic support and non-clinical nursing courses on a course-by-course basis.   

Students at the Atlanta and Akron locations may not enroll in the Accelerated Option, but they may enroll in the standard BSN option  and will receive transfer credits on a course-by-course basis for the general education, programmatic support and non-clinical nursing courses.

Nursing Program Support Courses

19.00 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

  • 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.

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