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.

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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.