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

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Accelerated BSN Option - Minneapolis

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**Minneapolis 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 BSNMSN 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.

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.

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 
  7.  spiritual dimensions of patients across the lifespan.
  8.  Demonstrate effective verbal, written, and group communication skills.
  9.  Demonstrate ethical practice individually and within an interdisciplinary healthcare environment.
  10.  Demonstrate a commitment to the role of the professional nurse.
  11.  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.

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, 67.00 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 Accelerated BSN program will be assigned to take 6 semester credits of graduate courses. Students may request to take the corresponding undergraduate course for the following graduate courses:

 * Nursing Program Chair approval is needed in taking NM 208 in place of NU 525.

Graduate Course Undergraduate Course
NU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice *NM 208 Nursing Informatics   
NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice NM 465 Nursing Research  


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

Nursing Program Support Courses

17.00 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

    A grade of “C” or better is required for all support course to be considered passing, except MA 320 Statistics, which requires a “D” grade to be considered passing.

  • 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.

Transfer Credits for General Education and Open Electives

Students enrolling in the Accelerated BSN option at the Minneapolis location will receive block transfer credit for coursework completed in their previous degree. A minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours block transfer credit for 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.

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