ABSN Program Option
Madison, Wisconsin

Start your second career as a nurse in Madison

The Herzing University accelerated Bachelor of Science program is designed for students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. You may transfer credit from your previous degree and accelerate your second career as a registered nurse (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 Herzing University Madison's accelerated BSN program in 16 months - faster than the standard BSN program in Madison.

Accelerated BSN Option

16 Months (pending transfer credit)

BSN Program 

24- 36 Months (pending transfer credit)

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

Classes start May 5.
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Madison ABSN program option classes & course schedule

Herzing University’s Madison accelerated Bachelor of Science degree 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. If all of your general education and science courses transfer, you can complete the program in as few as 16 months.

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Earn credits you can use toward a Herzing master's degree in nursing

The accelerated BSN curriculum includes courses that will count towards one of our MSN degree programs:

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.


Requirements for the ABSN program option in Madison

Prerequisites for prospective students to enroll in Herzing University's second degree accelerated BSN option in Madison include:

  1. Earned a bachelor's or master'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 or master'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)

Your second career as a registered nurse IS possible.

Madison Accelerated Nursing Program ABSN Wisconsin
As one of the top accredited nursing schools in Wisconsin, Herzing Universityprepares you with the education you need to take advantage of your prior credits, pursue a new career and become a new you.

What can you do with a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing

A Bachelor of Science degree in nursing qualifies you for new job opportunities, specialty roles and responsibilities as a 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.

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 (FNP), nurse educator or pursue a role in nursing leadership and administration.

How much you can make with a BSN in Madison, Wisconsin

Earning a BSN makes you highly qualified for a position as a registered nurse (RN). Registered nurses in Wisconsin on average make $71,470 per year ($34.36 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average annual salaries vary greatly by state.

Learn more about the average BSN salary, the job outlook for RN’s in coming years, and what you need to do to maximize your earning potential.


Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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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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5218 East Terrace Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53718
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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University-Madison is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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