BSN Program Summary



The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program requires completion of 139 total credits over a period of 4 or 5 academic years.

Preparation coursework

If you qualify, your first request to be placed in the pre-nursing pathway in order to complete prerequisite courses -- essential science and liberal arts courses.  You may take these courses at Heritage University in Pre-Nursing or from any accredited community college, 4-year college or university.

Heritage University nursing coursework

Students interested in the BSN program may begin nursing courses as early as the freshman year!  See your academic advisor to find out if you are eligible for pre-nursing pathway.

Students are admitted once annually to the BSN program for August program start.  Required nursing coursework consists of 73 credits over 7 semesters -- 3 years, with one summer session.  See BSN plan of study

Completion timeline

Admission to the Nursing Program at Heritage University is a multi-step process. Check out the Nursing Program Admission Guide.  Contact Melissa Sanchez, Administrative Coordinator for Nursing, if you have any questions after reading the Admission Guide.

Application due date

The next round of application review will be in during Spring Semester  for Fall Semester program start. The application deadline is April 15.  However, if you have met the qualifications and ready to commit to Nursing at Heritage sooner you may submit your application for an early application review by January 15.


The BSN Program is consistent with the rich tradition of liberal arts and sciences at Heritage University. To fulfill the mission of Heritage University, the BSN Program outcomes were derived directly from the Heritage University Student Learning Outcomes.  The BSN curriculum was developed from The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2008) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice provides the program's foundation.  

The Heritage baccalaureate nursing degree will prepare the graduate to function competently as:

  1. Provider of Care – The Heritage baccalaureate nurse is prepared to assume accountability for the design and delivery of safe, holistic nursing; plans, implements, and evaluates nursing interventions from an ecological perspective for the individual, family, and community as the units of care. The Heritage baccalaureate nurse practices the art of nursing by integrating aesthetic knowing in nursing care.
  2. Scholar – The Heritage baccalaureate nurse explains how nursing's fundamental patterns of knowing –personal, aesthetic, ethical, empirical and emancipatory –contribute to understanding the complexity of nursing care in the treatment of human response; and approaches nursing with a spirit of inquiry for understanding and application of nursing theories that explain and predict the outcomes of care.
  3. Leader and Collaborator – The Heritage baccalaureate nurse works collaboratively as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team; utilizes effective written and oral communication and professional behaviors to foster shared decision-making and accountability among team members to optimize outcomes of care; and integrates technological and mathematical knowledge to create a culture of quality and safety to prevent systems errors. The Heritage baccalaureate nurse demonstrates courage and resilience from practicing self-care as requisite for creating a culture of safe and effective
  4. Member of the Profession – The Heritage baccalaureate nurse embodies professional values and responsibilities defined by the standards and scope of practice for the registered professional nurse; the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Professional Nursing Practice; and Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements. The Heritage baccalaureate nurse demonstrates caring ethical comportment; expresses passion for sustainability and justice; participates in the policy processes impacting the health of individuals, families, communities and populations; and works to increase access to care, especially for vulnerable populations and to overcome social determinants of health inequities. The graduate also will assume accountability for maintaining professional practice through self-reflection; and demonstrate continuous professional engagement and lifelong learning.

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Clinical education affiliations

In addition to its own clinical simulation/skills labs, Heritage has relationships with over 20 health care institutions across Central Washington and with Children's Hospital in Seattle to provide students a complete and diverse range of clinical learning.

Heritage Nursing participates in the Yakima Valley Interprofessional Practice and Education Consortium (YVIPEC),  along with pharmacy and other nursing students from Washington State University, and medical students from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

Outside work

Many students pursue a nursing degree and successfully balance a variety of non-academic responsibilities. To be a successful student your primary focus is to devote adequate time to your studies. For every hour of academic course work, you can plan to spend approximately 3 hours a week outside the classroom to study and be prepared for class. So a 3 credit hour class would require 9 hours a week outside the classroom to accomplish homework, work on group projects, study for tests, and keep up with assigned reading. Once you begin the BSN program, we suggest that if you must work that you work no more than a minimal amount of hours (e.g., up to 12 hours per week). You can always increase your hours during semester breaks and during the summer between your first and second year in the program.

Your first step

Contact Melissa Sanchez, Administrative Coordinator for Nursing for answers to your questions and for guidance on requirements, application and admission.