’Berg, Terra plan nursing degree

Heidelberg University and Terra State Community College agreed this week to work together to develop a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“This partnership was prompted by the presence of a strong nursing program at TSCC that provided students with an associate degree, but no local option here in Tiffin to obtain a (bachelor of science in nursing),” Heidelberg provost Beth Schwartz said. “Given the already existing strong programs in the sciences here at Heidelberg, it seemed like a natural partnership.”

The two institutions signed a 1+2+1 articulation agreement Thursday.

When the program is launched next year, nursing students would begin with one year of study at Heidelberg, then two years of nursing study at Terra State and finish with another year of classes at Heidelberg.

“The financial benefits are also evident in the lower cost tuition model for students through a combined Heidelberg and Terra State education,” Schwartz said.

This blended model is to reduce the cost for students interested in a BSN.

“We at Terra State Community College are so pleased to be partnering with Heidelberg University to expand educational offerings and opportunities to those interested in the nursing profession,” Terra State President Jerome Webster said in a news release. “Our faculty and staff, and especially our nursing faculty, are pleased to pledge our support to this initiative.”

Work to finalize the program is to continue in anticipation of the announcement about its launching, pending review by the Higher Learning Commission. The expectation of both institutions is that students will be able to enroll in the program next fall.

“Now is the time,” Heidelberg President Robert Huntington said in the release. “Together, we have developed an innovative learning opportunity to make the beginning, middle and end of this program very successful. This will be a wonderful four-year experience for our students.”