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Accelerated BSN
Nursing Program Option

Enroll in Herzing’s Accelerated BSN nursing program

  • CCNE-accredited1
  • Program length: in as few as 16 months, typically completed in 20 months (pending transfer credit)
  • Experience high-fidelity simulation to enhance learning opportunities
  • Rigorous clinical training experience with our community healthcare partners
  • Learn from credentialed faculty with real-world hospital and patient care experience
  • Earn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Waived enrollment fee Classes start July 12th
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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
In as little as 16 months
(pending transfer credit)
BSN Program
24 - 36 Months
(pending transfer credit)

The 16-month option moves very fast and isn't for everyone. Students typically complete the program in 20 months. 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 September 8th

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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.

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.

Herzing University Nursing Programs

Classes Start July 12th

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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 6 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 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 7% increase in RN employment from 2019-2029, 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.

Rita Merkel
Earns a Degree She's Passionate About

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.


Enrollment requirements

To be considered for admission into the Accelerated BSN program, you must:

  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED or GED)
  • Have 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 

You must also meet the following criteria based on your cumulative GPA:

Cumulative GPAiScience RequirementTEASii
3.00–3.493.00 GPA in college scienceiiiNone
2.50 and higherNoneComposite TEAS of 66

i. Cumulative GPA may be calculated from all credits earned, including those in addition to the earned bachelor's degree.

ii. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI).

iii. Based on your cumulative GPA in these college science courses: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Biology, Chemistry, and Microbiology. Two of these courses must be used to calculate science GPA. Any of these courses completed must be included in the calculation, and no others. If you do not meet this requirement, you must score a composite score of 66 or higher on the TEAS. A grade of "B" or better must be earned for transfer credit to be awarded for Anatomy & Physiology, regardless of whether it was included in the calculation.


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Accelerated BSN Option Degree Programs

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This accelerated bachelor's degree in nursing program is designed for those holding bachelor's or master's degrees in other fields who want to become a bachelor-prepared registered nurse (BSN). The program is designed to facilitate a career change to prepare the generalist nurse with a focus on practice which is holistic, caring, safe, quality, and evidence-based client/patient care.

The baccalaureate nurse generalist assumes the role of provider of direct and indirect care, designer, coordinator, and manager of care, and has membership in the profession as an advocate for clients/patients and the professions (AACN, 2008).

The support courses and core nursing courses build on each other and are integrated throughout the curriculum. Theoretical instruction is integrated with clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings in order to provide a broad, holistic, and reality-based understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The difference between RN vs BSN is that RN stands for Registered Nurse and BSN stands for Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. RN is the career; BSN is a degree needed to become an RN. Earning your BSN positions you for more possibilities as a registered nurse both in earning potential and ability to specialize in the field of your choice.

According to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs make an average salary of $80,010 per year ($38.47 per hour)*. Nurses with a bachelor’s degree tend to fall on the upper side of that average due to their advanced education and their qualification to help hospitals earn Magnet Recognition.

The BLS projects a 7% increase in need for registered nurses from 2019-2029*. RNs are in high demand, and earning a BSN can help your resume stand out and give you a better chance of getting the job you really want.

You can expect fast-paced learning with no traditional breaks over the course of the program.

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.

If you’re considering a second career and you want to become a nurse practitioner, degree pathways with Herzing University include:

Option 1:

  1. Earn your BSN in an accelerated BSN nursing program in as few as 16 months (20 months for most students).
  2. Earn your master's degree through our online MSN FNP program in 20 months.

Our accelerated BSN program is available in Minneapolis, MN, Orlando, FL, Tampa, FL and 3 locations in Wisconsin (Kenosha, Brookfield and Madison).

Option 2:

  1. Earn an Associate in Nursing (ASN/ADN) in 20 months.
  2. Earn a master's degree through our accelerated online RN to FNP program in 24 months.

Our ASN program is available in Akron, OH, Birmingham, AL and Orlando, FL. You may also elect to earn your BSN on the way by enrolling in our online RN to BSN program. Non-nurses who want to become an NP must first earn an undergraduate nursing degree before applying for an MSN program.

These are average estimates for full-time enrollment and can vary for each student. Fully commit to starting your second career and Herzing University can help you become eligible to sit for the FNP certification exam in 3-4 years to become a certified family nurse practitioner in your state.

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.

If you’re considering a second career as a nurse but concerned about the workload in an 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. You can choose an on-campus program or our online BSN program.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


Accreditations & Disclosures

1. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Atlanta, Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison, Minneapolis and Orlando are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( This accreditation includes the baccalaureate degree program offered at the satellite Herzing University Tampa location.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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