Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BSN Degree Program

Earn your BSN degree in 3 years or less

You want to make a difference helping others. You want to be a nurse—and we want to help you. Whether you are new to nursing or already a Registered Nurse (RN), a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree is increasingly becoming the new standard. Hospitals seeking Magnet Status are looking to hire and encourage their current nursing staff to earn their BSN degree.

Herzing University offers three (3) BSN degree options with unique support teams to help you succeed: a 3-year BSN program, an RN to BSN program option and an accelerated BSN (ABSN) option for students with a bachelor degree in another field. By earning your BSN degree at Herzing, you can accelerate into graduate nursing programs and onto advanced practice, management and nursing faculty jobs.

BSN program highlights

  • No waiting list
  • CCNE-accredited*
  • 3-Year BSN program, or less depending on transfer credit or prior learning
  • Year round study
  • Strong academic support


Classes start May 4.
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Why Herzing

Choose your path to a BSN degree

At Herzing, you are a nursing student from the very first day you are accepted to the University.  Although the average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 36 months, the time you spend in the BSN program can be reduced based on transfer credit or prior learning experience.

I am new to nursing

Start as a nursing student from day one and earn your BSN in as little as 3 years. Upon successful completion, you'll be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination(NCLEX) for Registered Nurses and begin working as a registered nurse.  

  • Small class sizes
  • Strong academic support
  • Hands-on experience in high fidelity simulation on-site clinical setting
  • Program pathway to continue to advance your education and nursing career

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I am an RN

Take your nursing career to the next level with a BSN degree. The online RN to BSN program is designed for practicing, licensed RNs and offers advanced and immediately relevant training for you to apply in your current role as a registered nurse.

Go full-time and you could finish the program in less than 12 months either online or on campus in Orlando, Florida.

  • Programmatic accreditation*
  • Magnet-based curriculum
  • Rolling admissions
  • Block transfer up to 70 semester credit hours
  • Opportunity to accelerate to an MSN
Online RN-BSN Program

I have a BS degree in another field

Prepare for a new second career in nursing through Herzing University’s accelerated BSN option. Designed for students who hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, this year-round 16-month program prepares students for professional nursing practice.

  • 16-month, full-time program
  • Programmatic accreditation*
  • Incorporates all components of a traditional BSN degree program

Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and have a pathway to earning a Herzing MSN degree.

Accelerated BSN Option

Options for Veterans, LPNs/LVNs and Students with Other Healthcare Licensure

Herzing University offers several options for healthcare professionals to earn their bachelor's degree and transition into a career in nursing:

Fast Track to MSN - DUAL CREDIT

Qualifying students may be eligible to complete up to four graduate-level courses as part of their BSN or RN-BSN program plan at Herzing University. We offer three tracks in our MSN program: a Family Nurse Practitioner programNurse Educator program and Nursing Leadership and Administration program.

Additional benefits of earning a Herzing BSN:

  •  Relevant curriculum
  •   High-fidelity simulation to enhance learning opportunities
  •   Academic resources and support to help you succeed
  •   Learn from credentialed faculty with real-world hospital and patient care experience

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program Curriculums

Herzing University's comprehensive BSN degree program prepares the generalist nurse with a focus on practice which is holistic, caring, safe, quality, and evidence-based client/patient care. 

Herzing University's BSN pre-licensure plan is approved by the state boards of nursing in the states where it is currently offered and prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) upon completion of the program. Graduates who successfully pass this national examination will be eligible to practice as registered nurses in the state in which they took the examination and will also be qualified to apply for licensure in all 50 states.

The liberal arts education core provides a strong foundation for developing the clinical judgment and critical thinking skills required to provide care to diverse populations across the life-span, health-illness continuum, and in a variety of healthcare settings and to practice lifelong learning. 

The general education and core nursing classes build on each other and are integrated throughout the curriculum. Theoretical instruction is integrated with clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings in order to provide a broad, holistic, and reality-based understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse.

Clinical experience is an integral part of Herzing's BSN programs.


Enrollment requirements

To be considered for admission into the BSN program, you must hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED or GED) and meet any of the below requirements:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and meet a minimum composite score 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
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a minimum score of 21 on the ACT
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (no entrance test!)

* Minimum TEAS score varies by campus – contact your campus for more information. Students with 12 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Candidates with a GED or HSED will be assessed a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Jasmin Hernandez
Earns Her Nursing Degree

Jasmin Hernandez is a first-generation college student who's on her way to graduate with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. She knows her parents are going to be so happy to see her walk down that stage with her nursing degree.

Jasmin Hernandez Earns Her Nursing Degree


Now is the ideal time to earn a BSN degree

Ranked #9 Best Health Care Jobs of 2020 according to U.S. News & World Report

Nursing continues to be a high-growth field and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment is expected to grow 15% between 2016 and 2026. Additionally, hospitals and other healthcare organizations around the country are responding to the Institute of Medicine’s call to increase their bachelor’s-prepared RN staff to 80% by 2020**.

A career in nursing could be right for you, if you want to:

  • Learn and work with new healthcare technologies
  • Help patients understand their health issues and treatments
  • Experience new challenges and opportunities
  • Expand your career potential in healthcare
  • Help people feel better and prevent illness
  • Understand the human body and its various systems
  • Teach or consult

How much you can make as a Registered Nurse (RN) with a BSN

The average salary for a registered nurse as of 2018 is $75,510 per year ($36.30 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BSN-prepared nurses may have an opportunity to advance into higher-paying management and leadership roles more quickly than ASN nurses. Average salary varies based on your state of employment; see the average BSN nurse salary by state.

**Institute of Medicine. (2010). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Lynn Mellenthien, MSN, RN

Meet our Faculty

Lynn Mellenthien, MSN, RN - Milwaukee/Brookfield CampusMilwaukee/Brookfield

I have been an RN for 28 years in Medical Surgical Nursing and Pediatrics and have been teaching for 8 years. I truly enjoy watching the students be able to put the theory together with practice. Fun fact about me: My BSN and MSN are 20 years apart almost to the date.


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Yes, Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60614-1413,, (800) 621-7400.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Akron, Atlanta, Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison, Minneapolis and Orlando are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


It’s a question of:

  1. What your goals are
  2. How quickly you want to reach them

If your goal is to become an RN quickly, the best choice may be an associate’s degree program since you may be able to become an RN in less than 2 years.

If your goal is to become an RN and potentially advance further by working towards a master’s degree in nursing (MSN), your best option is a bachelor’s degree in nursing program.

Read about the most basic differences between an associate and bachelor degree.


Because nurses with a BSN have earned that next degree level and generally have the edge on the job market, they will on average earn a slightly higher salary than nurses with an ASN. However, there are always exceptions; an ASN with several years of an experience may earn a higher salary than an RN with a BSN who is just starting their career.

Registered nurses on average earn $75,510 per year ($36.30 per hour) nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—although estimates will vary based on your state of employment. Find the average BSN nurse salary in your state.


You don’t need a bachelor’s degree in nursing to become a registered nurse. Earn your associate’s degree in nursing and you can become an RN more quickly and earn your first set of scrubs.

However, if your goal is to continue climbing the ladder to become a nurse practitioner or pursue roles in nursing leadership or administration, you may be best off enrolling in a BSN program so you can reach your goals faster.

No matter what you choose, Herzing is here to empower you to become the best nursing professional you can be.


There are several benefits of being a BSN prepared nurse, including:

  • Job security
  • Higher average income
  • Develop a more global perspective
  • Getting involved in the community
  • Leadership skills
  • Evidence-based practice

Getting a BSN includes coursework and experience surpassing an associate’s degree program. Read more about the advantages of getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing.


Our nursing programs are designed to be challenging, but not impossible. Your career as a registered nurse will be demanding, and our goal is to help you succeed and become the best healthcare provider you can be. We won’t do you any favors by making things too easy.

Learn more about how hard nursing school really is from Herzing graduates who have been through it. You will have support from Herzing University faculty, staff and other students every step of the way. Never be afraid to ask for help when you need it!


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.


The general education prerequisite and required coursework as part of the 3-year BSN program curriculum may be completed online. However, there are core nursing courses that must be completed on campus, along with an extensive clinical experience to ensure you are equipped to pass the NCLEX-RN, meet the board of nursing requirements in your state and become an RN-BSN.


There are a wide variety of different career paths in nursing, and depending on what makes the most sense for you there are several different types of nursing degrees you may consider:

  • Diploma in Practical Nursing. The fastest way to start your nursing career is to earn a diploma in practical nursing and become a Licensed Practical Nurse. This isn’t a “degree” but it’s an alternative starting point if you’re ready to get your feet wet in nursing.
  • Associate degree in nursing. Earn an associate’s degree in nursing and you’ll be eligible to site for the NCLEX and become a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Bachelor’s in nursing. A bachelor’s degree is becoming the new educational standard for registered nurses, and it will qualify you for a master’s degree program.
  • Master’s in nursing. Many roles up the ladder in nursing will require a master’s degree.

All schools have their own distinct degree programs based on their qualifications and expertise. Herzing University offers many different options to provide the shortest path to your destination no matter where you are right now, including campus bridge programs and online programs to help you reach the next level in your education. View all of our nursing programs.


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 baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Akron,  Atlanta, Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison, Minneapolis and Orlando are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the New Orleans Campus has initial approval by the Louisiana State Nursing Board (17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810; 225-755-7500). Consequently, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam upon successful completion of the program. Passing this exam allows graduates to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the New Orleans Campus is not accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, 404-975-5000, at this time and no representation has been made as to when or if such an accreditation will be obtained. Some employers may prefer hiring graduates from a programmatically accredited program. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of this accreditation on their hiring decision.

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