Heidelberg nursing program approved and accepting students

December 2017, Heidelberg University and Terra State Community College partnered to bring a new bachelor of science in nursing program to fruition — the program has earned approval and is now accepting students.

The program received accreditation from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The 1-2-1 program is to begin with one year of core coursework at Heidelberg, followed by two years of nursing study at Terra State and then conclude with the final year of coursework online through Heidelberg.

Students will earn an associate’s degree in applied science from Terra state, licensure as a registered nurse (RN) — upon completion of the NCLEX exam — and a BSN degree from Heidelberg.

Karen Estridge, a registered nurse and the Nursing Program director, began at Heidelberg in May 2018 to assist in guiding Heidelberg’s BSN program through to accreditation. She said she also helped to develop and implement the nursing coursework.

“I wanted to make this a seamless process as possible for our students,” Estridge said. “I wanted to develop courses that they couldn’t get anywhere else. Students should feel they are getting their money’s worth.”

Graduates will leave here ready to lead, Estridge said.

“Whether they are new grads or seasoned RNs, they will be innovators who think outside the box as they provide excellent care to the populations they serve,” she said.

Heidelberg will offer two pathways within the nursing program that lead to the BSN degree.

The first is the 1-2-1 partnership with Terra State, which also leads to registered nurse licensure in three years. Heidelberg also offers an RN-BSN Completion pathway for working registered nurses who want to earn their BSN degree in a friendly and flexible online environment with clinical arrangements close to the student’s home. It is designed with adult students in mind who have work and/or family obligations.

Students in the fourth year of the 1-2-1 pathway and those in the RN-BSN pathway would complete the same eight online undergraduate baccalaureate nursing courses facilitated by Heidelberg nursing faculty, including two with a clinical component. Clinicals in the BSN program will encourage independent projects and allow students options for clinical locations that are close to home, yet different from their employment in order to promote new knowledge and skills while providing for services at the clinical sites.

“Both of these pathways offer flexibility,” Estridge said.

Students will have the opportunity to either live on Heidelberg’s or Terra State’s campuses.

According to Estridge, this 1-2-1 program is in response to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) initiative launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Medicine.

For additional information about Heidelberg’s new BSN program, visit www.heidelberg.edu/nursing or contact Estridge at kestridg@heidelberg.edu.