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Accelerated BSN
Nursing Program Option

Enroll in Herzing’s Accelerated BSN nursing program

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • Program length: 16 months when attending full-time
  • 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 May 10th
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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
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. 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 10th

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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 May 10th

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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 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.

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 
  • Meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher from the college in which the bachelor’s degree was earned, and meet a minimum composite score on the most current version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). TEAS score must be from within three years of anticipated date of matriculation

* Minimum TEAS score varies by campus – contact your campus for more information.


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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 16 months.
  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Accreditations & Disclosures

* 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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