Classes & curriculum details
The Akron BSN degree program curriculum is built for the generalist nurse with a focus on caring, safe, quality and evidence-based patient care. General education and core nursing classes are interwoven organically throughout the curriculum to provide a broad, holistic and reality-based understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse.
- Enroll smoothly. Transfer credit without jumping through hoops. Skip the long, stressful wait.
- Engage with faculty. A 14:1 student-faculty ratio means you’ll have open access to faculty in and out of class.
- Earn dual credit. Complete up to four graduate-level classes for dual credit towards a master’s degree.
Upon completion, students will be qualified and prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse in Ohio.
|Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)||36||120|
*Average number of months for students to complete program
Pre-Licensure Program Option: Required Courses in Nursing
A minimum of 69.00 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 425 Nursing Informatics Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
or NU 401 National and Global Health and Policy Issues Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
or NU 431 Evidence-Based Nursing Research and Practice Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
*Students at the Akron location will need to take NU 447 in lieu of NU 448 and NU 449. All other locations will take NU 448 and NU 449.
or NU 451 Nursing Leadership and Management Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
General Education Required Courses
Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 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 Communication 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements) 9.00 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) 6.00 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 36.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.
Nursing Program Support Courses
13.00 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.
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.
To be considered for admission into the program, you must hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED or GED) and 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 58|
i. Students with 18 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Otherwise, the high school GPA will be used.
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 58 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.
Herzing helps you succeed throughout your career
No matter your career path, Herzing University is your partner from the first class up through your final degree program. How long it takes to reach your goals depends on where you are now and your aspirations in the nursing profession. We’re right there with you every step of the way.
Our 3-year pre-licensure BSN program is built for nurses who are just starting out in their education and want to become a registered nurse.
Request information to take the next step and learn more about Herzing's BSN program.
The online RN to BSN program option is for current active, licensed registered nurses who want to earn their bachelor's degree.
Earn dual credit towards your master's degree in nursing (MSN)
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 specialty tracks in our MSN program:
It's a great time to earn a BSN degree
Registered nurse ranks #14 Best Health Care Jobs of 2021 according to U.S. News & World Report
As a BSN-prepared nurse, you are positioned very well to not only get a good job but advance to further opportunities within nursing. Becoming an RN with a BSN opens several doors to continue advancing your nursing career. You can become many different types of nurses, and earning a BSN gives you more flexibility in choosing the nursing specialty you really want.
RN job outlook
Due to demographic changes in the coming years, the demand for registered nurses is projected to increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 9% increase in employment from 2020-2030, meaning you’ve got a great opportunity to enter a growing field.*
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s a question of:
- What your goals are
- 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 ADN vs. BSN and discover what's best for you.
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.
Yes, general education and didactic/lecture nursing courses can be completed in our 3-year online BSN program for non-nurses.
The program does incorporate hands-on training, including clinicals and an intensive 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.
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 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.
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.
The advantages of a BSN can include:
- Increased autonomy in decision making while on the job
- Open doors to more specialties in the nursing field
- Become a more attractive candidate for hospitals seeking Magnet Recognition
- Build a foundation to grow into education or leadership pathways
- Positions you better for nursing jobs with higher pay
- Qualify to enroll in an MSN program
- Become more familiar and educated with evidence-based practice opportunities
- Increase knowledge and understanding of RN specialties and skills
- Transition from “technical” to “professional” RN
- Gain a deeper knowledge of nursing theory and leadership theory
A 2017 study from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) indicates employers have the level of education at top of mind in the hiring process. Based on results from 586 schools of nursing, the study revealed 49% of hospitals and other healthcare facilities require new hires to hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and 86.3% of employers show a strong preference for BSN graduates.
The ultimate benefit is bettering yourself, becoming the best nurse you can be and following the career path of your choosing.
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.
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 $80,010 per year ($38.47 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.
Accreditations & Disclosures
1. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Akron 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.