BSN Program Summary

About Our Program

Interested in our Heritage Nursing Program? Discover helpful information about your anticipated coursework, plus recommendations on how to best prepare for our program.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program requires completion of 140 total credits over a period of 4 or 5 academic years after admission to Heritage University as a freshman. Student are admitted to the BSN program fall of the sophomore year and complete the degree requirements in 3 calendar years. Transfer students admitted to the BSN program complete the degree requirement in 3 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 the Pre-Nursing Pathway 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 75 credits over 7 semesters — 3 years, with one summer session.

Completion Timeline

Admission to the Nursing Program at Heritage University is a multi-step process. Check out the Nursing Program Admission Guide. Contact Teresa Munguia, 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 the Spring semester for Fall semester program start. Please check back for our upcoming review deadline.

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 Collaborative (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. Therefore, 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 Gabrielle Martinez, Administrative Coordinator, for Nursing for answers to your questions and for guidance on requirements, application and admission.

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