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Bachelor of Science

Applied Health Sciences

On Campus


Nursing is a profession, but it’s a calling too, for those who aspire to serve and help others. With the high demand for nurses, there’s never been a better time to pursue a rewarding nursing career. Tiffin University and Mercy College of Ohio have partnered to provide an exceptional program, enabling you to earn two degrees (a B.S. Applied Health Sciences and a B.S. Nursing), while working with the top clinical sites and practicing medical professionals in the area. Answer the call: pursue a dual degree and fulfilling nursing career.

In the Applied Health Sciences Dual Degree Program in conjunction with Mercy College of Ohio, you’ll gain a strong educational foundation for a cutting-edge career with licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in Ohio. You’ll earn two degrees – a B.S. Applied Health Sciences and a B.S. Nursing – in eight semesters, which is a strong foundation for admission to graduate programs, including Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner and medical school.

During the eight semesters of your program, you’ll engage in over 900 hours of clinical learning in medical facilities that are a part of the Mercy Health System, one of Ohio’s largest medical systems. Working directly with patients and physicians as a nurse, you’ll learn medical skills in a wide variety of medical fields.

The B.S. Applied Health Sciences and B.S.N. Pre-licensure program requires students to take classes at Tiffin University’s campus and Mercy College’s campus in Toledo. Students will complete the Tiffin Transferable Core classes (37 credit hours), the Tiffin STEM/Sociology Core (28 hours), as well as the Mercy College of Ohio Courses (70 credit hours).

Students who complete the requirements of both Tiffin University and Mercy College of Ohio will be awarded the following degrees: B.S. Applied Health Sciences from Tiffin University and B.S.N. Nursing Pre-Licensure from Mercy College of Ohio.

In the Applied Health Sciences Dual Degree Program, you’ll prepare for the real world by doing real-world nursing. You’ll prepare as a nurse generalist in the program to function as a provider, designer and manager of patient care across the healthcare continuum. You’ll be responsible for delegation of tasks and supervision of supportive healthcare workers and for collaboration with other members of the healthcare team.

The program requires over 900 clinical hours in a broad variety of settings, including extensive patient care. Focus is given to clinical medical care procedures, while also supporting the development of communication skills. Nurses must learn to transmit information correctly, from instructing and educating patients to briefing doctors and other nurses on changes in a patient’s status. Communication is stressed as a skill in clinical programs, because many patients know very little about their medical condition, so nurses must learn to communicate health information using less technical terms.

As a graduate of the program, you leave with the career-necessary and career-ready skills you’ll need as a nurse, including:

  • Patient care
  • Patient observation and assessment
  • Infection control measures and processes
  • Case management
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Communication
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Digital and technology skills
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork

Hands-on learning is integral to the Applied Health Sciences Dual Degree Program. For example, in science lecture and lab classes, you’ll develop a strong understanding of anatomy and physiology through using the Anatomage Table, a six-foot horizontal computer system.  This touch screen computer is an interactive dissection of human bodies that have been digitized to the cellular level. The Anatomage Table is the only fully segmented, real-human 3D anatomy system. Users can visualize anatomy exactly as they would on a fresh cadaver. Individual structures are reconstructed in accurate 3D, resulting in an unprecedented level of accurate anatomy, dissectible in 3D. The Table allows for exploration and learning of human anatomy beyond what any cadaver could offer.

Very importantly, you’ll also engage in hands-on clinicals – over 900 hours – in various settings within the Mercy Health System. Clinicals are the hands-on, “in-the-field” portion of nursing school where you take all your knowledge learned in the classroom and lab settings and apply it in real-world medical environments. Clinicals are challenging, but they offer you valuable instruction and skills that you can only acquire through actual experience in the field.

  • The first three semesters’ classes will be on Tiffin University’s campus.
  • During the third semester, students will apply to Mercy College for the B.S.N. Pre-licensure program.
  • Experiential learning in the fourth semester will be in a skills lab.
  • The fifth semester will consist of clinicals at hospitals, nursing homes, surgical sites, etc.
  • During the eighth semester, students will be working eight to twelve-hour clinicals and learning how to test for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for RNs).


Year 1

Fall Courses                Credit Hours

  • BIO216 & Lab              4
  • NUR101                        1
  • ENG141                        3
  • MAT181                        3
  • PSY101                         3
  • DEC100                        3

Total Credit Hours     17

Spring Courses           Credit Hours

  • HFW213                       3
  • BIO216 & Lab               4
  • BIO373 & Lab               4
  • ENG142                        3
  • MAT273                        3

Total Credit Hours     17



Year 2

Fall Courses                Credit Hours

  • BIO290                                  3
  • CHM121                                 4
  • PSY265                                  3
  • SOC101                                 3
  • REL 290                                 3

Total Credit Hours              16

Spring Courses           Credit Hours

  • DEC200                                 3
  • CUL220                                 3
  • NUR265                                 8
  • NUR259                                 4

Total Credit Hours              18

Year 3

Fall Courses                Credit Hours

  • NUR316                                 8
  • NUR318                                 4
  • CST111                                 3
  • SOC360                                 3

Total Credit Hours              18

Spring Courses           Credit Hours

  • DEC300                                 3
  • NUR326                                 8
  • NUR328                                 5

Total Credit Hours              16

Year 4

Fall Courses                Credit Hours

  • NUR416                                 8
  • NUR418                                 5
  • DEC400                                 4

Total Credit Hours              17

Spring Courses           Credit Hours

  • NUR428                                 7
  • NUR428                                 3
  • NUR481                                 2
  • COM130                                3

Total Credit Hours              15

Total Program Credit Hours        132

NOTE:  *If required to take any foundation courses:  MAT100, MAT173, ENG100, ENG140, CRS100 the student will have to take additional courses in the summers in order to graduate “on-time” or the student will be required to attend additional semester(s).


Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (CHM121) – A lecture and laboratory course that focuses on organic chemistry, (hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, and amides), the structure and function of biomolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins nucleic acids) and metabolism.

Anatomy and Physiology I for Health Sciences (BIO215) – This course is the study of the structure and function of the human body. It focuses on the fundamental concepts of body organization and cellular function. The structure, functions and terminology of the skeletal, muscular, integumentary and nervous systems are considered. Three-hour lecture and three contact hour laboratory. This course is part of a series of eight credit hours.

Introduction to Nursing (NUR101) – This course will prepare the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Prelicensure (BSN-P) student to take on the challenges of nursing school with a higher sense of awareness of expectations. It is designed to introduce the student to essential academic skills, the interpersonal and critical thinking skills required for success in nursing school, and the role of the professional nurse. Scholastic expectations required to complete the BSN-P program of study are introduced, as well as the investigation of the roles, functions, and professional expectations of the registered nurse at various levels. In addition to exploring the role of the professional nurse, core concepts include: a personal assessment of why the student is choosing nursing as a career, a learning style and study habits assessment, the use of the American Psychological Association (APA) style in writing scholarly papers, and the use of technology to access and submit course assignments.

Introduction to Critical Care Nursing (NUR245) – This elective course builds upon previously learned knowledge while building technical skills using critical thinking principles for the care of the high acuity adult patient. Participants will demonstrate an increased understanding and ability using the necessary technical skills related to high risk patients, assessment and interventions of the acutely ill patient through the use of classroom theory, case scenarios, and hands on simulation.

**The course descriptions provided describe the current Bachelor of Science curriculum at Mercy College of Ohio. Course titles and content may change.


At Tiffin University and Mercy College

On Campus – Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August

The B.S. Applied Health Sciences and B.S.N. Pre-licensure program requires students to take classes at Tiffin University’s campus and Mercy College’s campus.

Nursing is a career field where jobs are plentiful. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a nine percent job growth for RNs and a 45 percent job growth for advanced practice registered nurses between now and 2030.

In the United States, there is continued growth in nursing positions. Nursing shortage is expected to increase in the coming years. In March 2020, it was estimated that 22% of the two million registered nurses (RNs) who work in hospitals were 55 or older. This will open many opportunities for licensed nurses.


  • Case Management Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Nurse (RN)
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Health Coach
  • Nursing Director
  • Nursing Manager
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Quality Assurance or Improvement Coordinator
  • School Nurse

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Alexandra Tozzie
Class of 2018
Louisville, Colorado
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