Accelerated BSN Nursing Program Option

Start a second career that changes lives

Thinking of starting a new professional career as a nurse?  Pursuing nursing as a second degree is possible with our high-intensity, accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) option. You could be a part of the next generation of nurses in as few as 16 months!

What is an accelerated nursing program?

An accelerated nursing program is designed for students who hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  You can transfer in credit from your previous degree and start on a faster path to your career as an RN.  

Accelerated BSN Option

16 Months (pending transfer credit)

BSN Program 

24- 36 Months (pending transfer credit)

The program is flexible to your circumstances.  The 16-month option moves very fast and isn't for everyone. If you need a little breathing room, that's OK! Our goal is to help you get your degree and do it at a pace that's most comfortable for you.

As a graduate, you will be fully prepared for the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX).

Classes start May 5.
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Why Herzing

Why should I choose Herzing University?

Herzing University provides the education you need to pursue a second career in nursing and become a new you.

Our goal is YOUR success. Graduating from the Herzing University accelerated BSN nursing program, passing the NCLEX and becoming a registered nurse shows employers you have the education needed to care for patients, proves your tremendous work ethic, and illustrates your immense qualification for a nursing job.

ABSN program option highlights:

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • Relevant curriculum
  • Experience high-fidelity simulation to enhance learning opportunities
  • Rigorous clinical training experience with our community healthcare partners
  • Strong academic support
  • Learn from credentialed faculty with real-world hospital and patient care experience

Get dual credit for a master's degree program

The curriculum in our accelerated BSN option includes MSN courses that will count toward one of our Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs.  As you pursue nursing as a second degree with Herzing, you will have this dual credit benefit that can save you time, money and provide another level of academic rigor.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Accelerated BSN (ABSN) Option Curriculums

Herzing University's accelerated BSN option builds on your previous bachelor's degree with courses that teach knowledge and skills for nursing care across the lifespan.  Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain RN licensure and begin a career in nursing. 

Herzing University offers an accelerated BSN program option at 5 of our campuses:

Herzing's accelerated BSN is a 120-credit second degree nursing program option for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another area of study. The exact number of classes and time it takes you to complete the program will depend on your previous college experience. If all your general education and science courses transfer, you can complete the program in as few as 16 months. Credit breakdowns for the accelerated nursing program option vary depending on your location.

Sample Schedule for Wisconsin Campuses:

NU 206 Intro to Professional Nursing - 3 creditsNU 216 Adult Health I (Clinical) - 6 credits
NU 209 Health Assessment (Lab) - 3 creditsNu 208 Pathophysiology - 4 credits
NU 211 Introduction to Clinical Nursing (Lab) - 4 creditsNU 309 Mental Health Nursing (Clinical) - 5 credits
NU 220 PharmacologyNU 525 Technology
NU 217 Gerontological Nursing (Clinical) - 4 credits 
17 Credit Hours18 Semester Credit Hours
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 302 Adult Health II (Clinical) - 6 creditsNU 412 Community Nursing (Clinical) - 5 credits
NU 610 Health Policy and Management - 3 creditsNU 450 Nursing Leadership and Management - 3 credits
NU 402 Family Nursing (Clinical) - 6 creditsNU 448 Adult Health III / Nursing (Practicum) - 5 credits
 NU 449 Integration of Concepts - 1 credits
18 Credit Hours14 Credit Hours

Is the Herzing accelerated BSN program option offered online? No, the 16-month ABSN program is not offered online.


Your second career as a nurse awaits.

Herzing’s accelerated nursing program puts you on the fastest path to getting your bachelor’s degree and becoming a registered nurse.

You’ll be very qualified for a job that’s in high demand—the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 15% increase in RN employment from 2016-2026, well above the national average across all occupations.

What kinds of jobs you can get with a BSN

Earning your bachelor’s of science in nursing qualifies you for specialty roles and responsibilities as a registered nurse. You’ll have the credentials for specialty care, including pediatric care, geriatric care, intensive care and more—or progress into a managerial or administrative position as you earn more experience.

Getting a BSN opens many doors to pursue the career you want. Continuing your education with an MSN degree to become a nurse practitioner, nurse educator or nurse leader can help you land a dream job in a private practice or in a leadership role.

How much you can make as an RN with a BSN

Earning a BSN qualifies you for a position as a registered nurse (RN). Registered nurses on average make $71,730 per year ($34.48 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average annual salaries can vary widely by state. RN’s with a bachelor’s degree will trend on the upper side of that average as compared to RN’s with an associate’s degree.

Learn more about the average BSN nurse salary by state, the job outlook in coming years, and the skills you need to maximize your earning potential.

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Rita Merkel went back to school to earn a degree in a career field she's passionate about. She loves the one-on-one attention and small class sizes that Herzing University offers.

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Accelerated BSN Option

Requirements and prerequisites for prospective students to enroll in Herzing University's second degree accelerated BSN option include:

  1. Earned a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or from a foreign college or university recognized as equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree 
  2. A college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher from the college in which the bachelor’s degree was earned
  3. Achieve at least a composite score of 66 on the most current version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

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Yes! If you’re fully committed to a new career in nursing, an accelerated BSN program is the fast track to earning your degree and getting a job with high earning potential as soon as possible.


If you’re considering a second career and you want to become a nurse practitioner, you’ve already discovered the first step down the quickest path:

  1. Earn your BSN in an accelerated nursing program in 16 months.
  2. Earn your master's degree through our online MSN FNP program in 20 months.

Fully commit to starting your second career and Herzing University can help you become eligible to sit for the FNP certification exam in 3 years to become a certified family nurse practitioner in your state.


You can expect fast-paced learning with no traditional breaks over the course of your 16 months (or more, depending on your transfer credits).

Surviving nursing school takes hard work and commitment. However, starting a new career is never easy—and a demanding profession requires demanding training.

It’s a challenge just like any other bachelor’s degree program – but compressed into a shorter window it can feel much more demanding. Rest assured you’ll have strong support every step of the way from Herzing faculty, staff and your fellow students to ensure you remain on track.


Our requirements for the accelerated BSN nursing program option are higher given the rigorous nature of the coursework and how fast it moves.

Herzing University’s goal is to help you find a path to a new career in nursing. If you’re worried a low GPA will keep you from being able to enroll, please get in touch with us and schedule an appointment with an admissions advisor. We may be able to work out a better solution for you.


If you’re considering a second career as a nurse but concerned about the workload in a 16-month accelerated program, there are several other paths you can take:

  1. You can first become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). In 1 year you can earn a diploma in Practical Nursing and become an LPN. From there you can determine if you want to become a registered nurse.
  2. Get an associate’s degree and become an RN. You can earn your associate degree in nursing and become a registered nurse in 20 months—this is the quickest way to become an RN outside of an accelerated program.
  3. A traditional BSN program. Enroll in our 3-year bachelor’s of science in nursing program, earn your degree and become a highly qualified registered nurse.

It’s our goal to help you succeed in your second career. We’ll work with you to determine the best fit.


Herzing University has no requirement for how much you can or can’t work during nursing school. Many ABSN program students work part-time while pursuing their ABSN coursework and clinicals. However, we recommend prioritizing your education as much as you can afford. The accelerated BSN program is very demanding and our priority is for you is to be successful.


There are many different nursing specialties to choose from. Depending on your personality, educational background and preferred working environment you can follow your own personalized path in the nursing profession.

Here are a few popular nursing specialties you may consider:

You can take our nursing personality quiz to get a better idea of what you might prefer in your nursing career.


With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:

You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.