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ABSN Program Option
Orlando, Florida

Herzing’s Accelerated BSN nursing program in Orlando

  • 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 July 12th
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Program

Start a new second career as a nurse in Orlando

The Herzing University ABSN accelerated BSN option is designed for students with a non-nursing bachelor’s or master's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. You can transfer credit from your previous degree and accelerate your new career as an RN.).

How long does an accelerated BSN degree take vs. the traditional bachelor degree program?

Depending on the credits you’re able to transfer from your prior degree, you can potentially complete our ABSN program option in 16 months - faster than the standard Herzing Orlando BSN degree program. Most students complete the program in 20 months.

Accelerated BSN Option
In as few as 16 months
(pending transfer credit)
BSN Program
24 - 36 months
(pending transfer credit)

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


CCNE Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Orlando is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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Classes Start September 8th

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Become who you know you can be.

You’ve felt the itch and you aren’t alone. Many Herzing students and graduates have discovered nursing is the second career they’ve been seeking.

Curriculum

Orlando ABSN Program Classes

Herzing University’s accelerated BSN option is an accredited 120-credit second degree nursing program for students who already have a bachelor’s or master's degree in another area of study.

Earn credits you can use toward your Herzing MSN. The accelerated BSN curriculum includes courses that will count towards one of our online MSN degree programsFamily Nurse PractitionerNurse EducatorNursing Leadership & Administration, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This is a dual credit option that will save you time and money if you choose to pursue the next level of education in nursing.

ProgramMonths*Credits
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Orlando20120

*Average number of months for students to complete program. Some students can complete the program in as few as 16 months.

Required Courses in Nursing

All courses, 73.00 semester credit hours, are required. ^A dosage calculation exam is required for this course. Students unable to pass the exam will be issued a final grade of "F" and will be required to repeat the course in order to satisfy program requirements. Please review the course syllabus for more information

Note:

  • ​BSNF students cannot continue to progress in the Accelerated nursing option if they fail a nursing core course.
  • BSNF students (traditional pre-licensure option) must progress through the 100-400 level nursing courses sequentially.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 33.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours must be upper level (300- to 400-level courses). Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. * 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in General Education Electives (students must take a 300-level course to fulfill this requirement) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements)  3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science (Psychology is required) * Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 33.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

Nursing Support Course

11.00 semester credit hour is required.

The following nursing support courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (70%) or better for a student to continue in the nursing program. 


The following nursing support courses must be completed with a grade of "B" (80%) or better.  Only two attempts are permitted for each course and a student who fails to successfully complete in the maximum attempts is subject to dismissal from the nursing program.


A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the Nursing Program Support Courses, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the BSN nursing program in a future cycle.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Open Electives

1.00 semester credit hours is required.

Requirements

Requirements

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 of 66 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
Careers

Your second career IS possible.

Herzing University Nursing Programs

As one of the top accredited nursing schools in Orlando and Central Florida, Herzing University’s degree program equips you with the education you need to take advantage of your prior credits, pursue a new career and become a new you.

Jobs you can get with a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing

A bachelor of science in nursing qualifies you for new opportunities, specialty roles and responsibilities as a registered nurse (RN). You may specialize in patient care in pediatrics, emergency or intensive care as an RN in a hospital, or move on to a nurse manager or nursing director role.

It’s really up to you. Getting your BSN opens many more doors to pursue a career you can mold to your strengths and specialties. As you earn more responsibility you may consider a master’s degree in nursing to become a family nurse practitioner, nurse educator or pursue a role in nursing leadership.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 12% increase in need for registered nurses from 2018-2028*. 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.

* Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.

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.

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With a personalized visit, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Herzing's ABSN nursing program to help you determine which pathway to becoming a nurse is right for you.

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