Become an RN faster with Herzing in Tampa
- CCNE accredited1
- Typical program length: 16 months when attending full-time
- Combine online and on-campus classes in Tampa, Florida
- Prep for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse
- Earn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Accelerated BSN classes and curriculum details
Herzing University’s accelerated BSN option in Tampa is a 120-credit second degree nursing program for students who already have a bachelor’s or master's degree in another field of study. If all of your general education and science courses transfer, you can complete the program in as few as 16 months.
Earn dual credit towards a Herzing MSN. Our accelerated BSN curriculum includes classes that will count towards one of our online MSN degree programs: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Educator (NE), Nursing Leadership & Administration, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. This option can save you time and money if you choose to pursue the next level of education in nursing and earn a master’s degree.
|Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)||16||120|
*Average number of months for students to complete program
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
- 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.
1.00 semester credit hours is required.
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
Walk a rewarding new career path in nursing
Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing positions you not only to excel as a registered nurse, but also to advance your career down the pathway of your choosing. Nursing offers many unique career opportunities in both patient care and in administrative or leadership roles.
Registered nurses can specialize in certain types of care or focus on a particular age group, including:
As your lifelong partner in learning, Herzing University exists to help you find your career path in nursing no matter which direction you choose.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to rise 7% from 2019-2029, higher than the expected average across all U.S. occupations.*
Join a growing career path representing many unique career opportunities. Now is a great time to begin earning the education you need to find a great job in healthcare, build a foundation for career growth and make a real impact in your community.
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.
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.
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.
With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:
- Loan options – Federal & private
- Scholarships & grants
- VA / military benefits
- Other sources of financial aid
You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.
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.
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:
- Travel nurse
- Flight nurse
- Oncology nurse
- Pediatric nurse
- Nurse Anesthetist
- Neonatal/NICU nurse
- Assisted living nurse
- Emergency room nurse
- Med/surgical nurse
- Home health nurse
You can take our nursing personality quiz to get a better idea of what you might prefer in your nursing career.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
If you’re considering a second career and you want to become a nurse practitioner, degree pathways with Herzing University include:
- Earn your BSN in an accelerated BSN nursing program in 16 months.
- 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).
- Earn an Associate in Nursing (ASN/ADN) in 20 months.
- Earn a master's degree through our accelerated online RN to FNP program in 24 months.
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 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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Accreditations & Disclosures
1. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Orlando is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). This accreditation includes the baccalaureate degree program offered at the satellite Herzing University Tampa location.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. 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.