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ABSN Program Option
Madison, Wisconsin

Herzing’s Accelerated BSN nursing program in Madison

  • 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 September 8th
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Program

Start your second career as a nurse in Madison

The Herzing University accelerated BSN program option is designed for students with a non-nursing bachelor’s or master's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Transfer credit from your previous degree to 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 our ABSN program option in 16 months - faster than our standard BSN in nursing 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 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

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.

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 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.

Program Months* Credits
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Accelerated BSN Option 16 120

*Average number of months for students to complete program

Accelerated Pre-Licensure Program Option: Required Courses in Nursing

A minimum of 67.00 semester credit hours is 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.

or  Semester Credit Hours: 3.00

Transfer Credits for General Education and Open Electives

Students enrolling in the Accelerated BSN option at the Brookfield, Kenosha, and Madison locations will receive block transfer credit for coursework completed in their previous degree. A minimum of 34.00 semester credit hours of general education and open elective credits will be awarded from a previously earned bachelor's degree. Additional transfer credits may be considered for the programmatic support and non-clinical nursing courses on a course-by-course basis.    Students at the Atlanta and Akron locations may not enroll in the Accelerated Option, but they may enroll in the standard BSN option and will receive transfer credits on a course-by-course basis for the general education, programmatic support and non-clinical nursing courses.

Nursing Program Support Courses

19.00 semester credit hours are required.

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.


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. 


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.

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 as a registered nurse IS possible.

Herzing University Nursing Programs

As one of the top accredited nursing schools in Wisconsin, Herzing University prepares 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.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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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