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    Harding University
  Aug 17, 2022
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Health Studies - Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing (HSPN), BS/MSN

The accelerated track makes it possible for qualified students to complete both a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and a Master of Science in Nursing in five years. Students will declare Health Studies - Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing (HSPN) as their undergraduate major, complete liberal arts credits and nursing prerequisites during their first three years, and finish graduate school in years four and five. The college will notify the Registrar’s Office when a student is approved for the accelerated track.

Acceptance into the Master’s Entry into Professional Nursing (MEPN) program involves a secondary application process utilizing NursingCAS. Students enrolled in the accelerated track who are not accepted into the MEPN program will transition to complete the Health Studies, BS degree in the fourth year. Consultation with the Director of Admissions of the College of Nursing can be scheduled, if the student is interested in applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. 

Early MEPN students who transfer undergraduate credit hours are required to make an appointment with a Carr College of Nursing advisor to evaluate their transcript individually. Students choosing to earn a BS in Health Studies while enrolled in the EMEPN, will need to complete at least 128 credit hours, complete all the degree requirements of Health Studies, including 8 hours of Bible and IDS 2500  and IDS 4500 . However, a minor is not required for students who complete at least 18 hours of graduate-level courses.

Students on the accelerated track must meet all MEPN program requirements for admission 


Liberal Arts: 35 Hours

All majors at Harding are required to complete the 47-hour Liberal Arts  program. The following Liberal Arts requirements are met within the content of the major:

  • 9 hours of Inquiry, Investigation, and Reasoning are satisfied in the prenursing requirements.
  • PSY 2010  or SOC 2030  satisfies 3 hours of Self and Society.


Undergraduate Component: 53 Hours

Major/Bible Electives: 18 Hours

See Bible Class Enrollment policy here.  

Consult with your advisor before starting this portion of your major. Complete 18 hours from the major electives below. Other upper level courses may be used here with preapproval of the advisor. Some courses have prerequisites, please consult the catalog for more information. 

NOTE: Courses used in the major may not be used to fulfill the requirements of a minor. MATH 1110 requires a grade of B or higher, and all NURS courses require a C or higher. 

Graduate Component: 40 Hours

Undergraduate Completion: 128 Hours

Remaining Graduate Component For MEPN: 32 Hours


Special considerations:

Many prenursing courses are offered during the summer to lighten the regular semester course load. Students should see the director of admissions for information about summer courses. All non-nursing course transfer credit is approved through the registrar’s office; prior approval is required.

Students considering international mission work could take a foreign language to help satisfy Self and Society liberal arts requirement.