Herzing’s Accelerated BSN nursing program in Madison
- CCNE accredited1
- Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
- Program length: as few as 20 months; students who need to complete science prerequisites may require 24 months
- Transfer up to 90 approved credits; 120 credits required for graduation
- Online general education classes + core nursing courses at our campus in Madison, Wisconsin
- 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)
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.
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: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nursing 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.
|Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Accelerated BSN Option||20||120|
i. As few as 20 months. Students who need to complete science prerequisites may require 24 months to complete the 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 NU 451 Nursing Leadership and Management Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
- NU 525 -Technology & Nursing Informatics and Advanced Practice 3.00 semester credit hours.
- NU 560 - Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3.00 semester credit hours.
- HCA 610 - Health Policy and Management 3.00 semester credit hours.
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.
To be considered for admission into the Accelerated BSN program in Madison, 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
You must also meet the following criteria based on your cumulative GPA:
|Cumulative GPAi||Science Requirement||TEASii|
|3.00–3.49||3.00 GPA in college scienceiii||None|
|2.50 and higher||None||Composite TEAS of 66|
i. Cumulative GPA may be calculated from all credits earned, including those in addition to the earned bachelor's degree.
ii. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI).
iii. Based on your cumulative GPA in these college science courses: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Biology, Chemistry, and Microbiology. Two of these courses must be used to calculate science GPA. Any of these courses completed must be included in the calculation, and no others. If you do not meet this requirement, you must score a composite score of 66 or higher on the TEAS. A grade of "B" or better must be earned for transfer credit to be awarded for Anatomy & Physiology, regardless of whether it was included in the calculation.
Your second career as a registered nurse IS possible.
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.
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.
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:
- 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. 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.
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 as few as 20 months (24 months for most students).
- 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.
Our ASN program is available in Akron, OH, Birmingham, AL, Orlando, FL, and Tampa, 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:
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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 9% increase in need for registered nurses from 2020-2030*. 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.
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 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 Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.