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Online BSN Program
for Non-Nurses
Herzing University

An accredited online BSN program for non-nurses

AccreditationCCNE accredited,1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length3 years or less when attending full-time and depending on transfer credit; you can transfer up to 90 approved credits
Prior experienceDesigned for students without RN experience
FormatAll core didactic (lecture) courses are delivered online, including real-time and on-demand courses you can take when it’s convenient for you
Hands-on prepHands-on learning includes on-site clinicals and three intensives requiring attendance at a designated Herzing or partner site
EligibilityAvailable for enrollment in select states2
PathwaysEarn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), or choose our online MSN Direct Entry program to begin working towards your master's degree from the start
Waived enrollment fee Classes start January 9th
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Earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing—online!

Become a healthcare hero online with Herzing University. We are proud to introduce our new online pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, available for enrollment in select U.S. states.2

Our CCNE-accredited1 online BSN program is designed for non-nurses seeking an undergraduate baccalaureate education to qualify for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and become a Registered Nurse (RN).

  • Online classes. Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom in both on-demand and real-time courses
  • Adaptive learning. Our adaptive learning approach allows students to engage with learning material in a variety of formats, facilitating engaging online interactions with immediate feedback
  • Experienced faculty. MSN and DNP-educated faculty with experience in clinical nursing and nursing education
  • Virtual services. Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services
  • Alternative pathways. Current RNs with a diploma or ADN in nursing can enroll in our online RN to BSN program; LPN/LVNs, paramedics, respiratory therapists, cardiovascular technologists, and military medics may qualify for our online BSN Bridge option

Our goal is to prepare students without RN experience best for their first job in nursing and excel right from the start.

We exist to make your new rewarding career path possible—take the first step with Herzing!

Classes Start January 9th

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Curriculum

Online BSN program classes & curriculum details

Every nursing course in our curriculum is designed to help you build a strong body of knowledge and skills to help pass the NCLEX-RN and get off to a fast, successful start in the field of nursing as an entry-level RN.

All didactic (lecture) nursing courses in the program are delivered online through the Herzing University Canvas Learning Management System platform. Upon completing the program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN to earn licensure in your state.2

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)36120

i. Average number of months for students to complete program

Required Courses in Nursing

66.00 semester credit hours are required.

Dual Credit Option for Taking Graduate Level Courses

Dual Credit Options are available for the Atlanta, Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison and Minneapolis locations for students who qualify. This option is not available for New Orleans, Tampa or Orlando students. See Academic Information for full requirements under title Dual Credit-Undergraduate Students Taking MSN Program Courses. Undergraduate Course Graduate Course Equivalency NSG 321 Advanced Leadership and Management  NU 530 Organizational Systems and Behaviors NSG 324 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing  NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice NSG 421 Nursing Informatics  NU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice NSG 423 Policy, Trends, & Ethics in Nursing  HA 610 Health Policy and Management   See Academic Information for full requirements under title Dual Credit-Undergraduate Students Taking MSN Program Courses. 

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in the BSN program must complete a minimum of 52.00 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). The Herzing University General Education offerings are listed below. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for additional information on general education requirement. 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications EN 104 – English Composition I EN 111 – Information Literacy EN 116 – Speech EN 304 – English Composition II 16.00 Semester Credit Hours in in Science SC 154 – Anatomy and Physiology I for Nurses SC 254 – Anatomy and Physiology II for Nurses SC 150 – Principles of Nutrition SC 166 – Microbiology SC 186 – Chemistry 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities HU 140 – Cultural Diversity HU 240 – Introduction to Humanities HU 340 – Humanities and Contemporary Popular Culture 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics MA 109 – College Algebra MA 320 – Statistics 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science   PS 101 – Psychology PS 105 – Developmental Psychology SS 350 – Social Issues and Technology   Note: 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 52.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines. Science courses being transferred in from other institutions must meet the nursing program science requirements.

Special General Education Grading Requirements for Nursing Support Courses

The following science 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 general education courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (70%) or better for a student to continue in the nursing program.

*BSN students enrolled in the Atlanta Campus require a "B" (80%) or better in  and .

 

A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the courses listed above, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may appeal to reapply to the BSN nursing program in a future semester.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required. 

Online + In-person

What's online, and what's in-person?

Online

All didactic (lecture) courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them online on your own schedule.

You have flexibility throughout the program to complete general education or core nursing courses at your own pace.

Practicum instructor and peer collaboration requirements will be done via distance learning and offer flexible scheduling for the synchronous, or real-time, course elements.

In-person

Practical, hands-on training remains crucial and required preparation for earning a BSN and becoming a registered nurse. Our curriculum includes:

  • Clinicals. There are eight clinical courses, seven of which include precepted clinical hours. You’ll complete the precepted hours in or near your geographic area. We have a dedicated team to help you find clinical placement.
  • Intensives. You’ll be required to attend three 2-4 day intensives throughout the program at a designated Herzing or partner site. These sessions serve as crucial skill and knowledge checkpoints to ensure you’re on the right track. Intensives will take place at our Kenosha or Atlanta campuses—or a facility associated with a unique clinical partnership.
Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the online BSN program is $695 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants—including our Nurses Circle of Achievement scholarship, which offers up to 10% tuition reduction.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Requirements

Requirements

Enrollment requirements

Requirements for enrollment in the Herzing University online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program include both a GPA requirement and minimum benchmark scores on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS):

Direct Entry BSN enrollment requirements

Prior educationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Minimum GPAi2.5
Minimum TEAS score66
i. Students with 24 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Otherwise, the high school GPA will be used.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Florida (Orlando and Tampa regions only), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

I don’t meet the enrollment requirements. Do I have any other options?

Yes! You still have multiple educational pathways to becoming an RN even if you don’t qualify for the Online BSN program today:

Online Pre-nursing

You may qualify for our online Associate in General Studies – Pre-Nursing program.

You can begin taking college-level nursing courses now, raise your GPA, and potentially enter into our online BSN program in the future.

On-campus BSN

If you are a resident of Illinois, Tennessee, or Wisconsin, you may be eligible for our on-campus Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Campus availability: Brookfield (near Milwaukee), Kenosha, and Madison, and Nashville.

On-campus ASN

You may also choose an associate degree pathway. Alabama, Florida, and Ohio residents may qualify for our Associate of Science or Applied Science in Nursing (ASN/AASN) program.

Campus availability: Akron, Birmingham, Orlando, and Tampa.

Classes Start January 9th

Waived Enrollment Fee

Pathways

Alternative online BSN pathways with Herzing University

Our pre-licensure online BSN program is designed for students without any experience in nursing. However, we offer additional online options for those who are already in nursing or currently work in additional select healthcare professions.

  1. Go from RN to BSN

    Current diploma/ADN nurses can earn a BSN faster in our online RN to BSN program, which can be completed in as few as 12 months.

    RN to BSN
    Registered Nurse Discussing Diagnosis with Mother and Daughter
  2. Go from LPN to BSN

    Advance your nursing career to the next level. Utilize your current experience as a Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) and you can earn a BSN online in less than 3 years.

    LPN to BSN
    Nursing School Students in Scrubs Celebrating
  3. Bridge to a BSN

    Paramedics, respiratory therapists, cardiovascular technologists, and military medics can also potentially earn a BSN faster in our online BSN Bridge option.

    Paramedic to BSN Military Medic to BSN CVT to BSN RT to BSN
    Group of Nursing Students in Scrubs Smiling
Careers

Find your calling as a registered nurse

You can explore many different career opportunities as a BSN-prepared RN.

While earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) can expand your duties to advanced practice across many specialties, you can also pursue different specialty roles with a BSN, including pediatrics, neonatal/NICU, oncology, neuroscience, Operating Room (OR)/surgical, and much more.

With enough experience you may consider advancing to roles in nursing education or nursing leadership. Keep in mind degree requirements may vary, including an MSN or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

We offer degree pathways to help you reach as high as you want to climb in the field of nursing.

Salary and job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to rise 6% from 2021-2031, and their average salary is $82,750 per year ($39.78 per hour).*

Now is a great time to begin earning the education you need to find a great job in healthcare, build a foundation for career growth and make an impact in your community.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for registered nurses is $82,750 per year ($39.78 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.

Increasingly yes, but it ultimately depends on the institution who issued the degree.

As the popularity of online degrees continues to rapidly trend upward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so has mainstream acceptance of online degree programs.

Attitudes toward online degrees were already becoming more positive before the pandemic forced the issue. According to a 2019 study from Northeastern University, 61 percent of HR leaders say online learning is “of equal or greater quality to more traditional methods.” More than half believe that in the future, most advanced degrees will be online.

Regarding nursing applicants who earned online degrees, there are a few important factors employers consider:

  • The school and degree program’s accreditation. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and programmatically accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).1
  • If you have earned nursing licensure. Our program is designed to help you pass the NCLEX and become licensed before getting your first job.
  • The school’s reputation and history of producing excellent employees. Consider our many happy graduates and 50+ years producing more than 40,000 alumni.

For all these reasons employers know what it means when they see “Herzing University” on a resume!

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 ADN vs. BSN and discover what's best for you.

We work to provide as many pathways as possible for you to join the rewarding career field of nursing. If your high school or college GPA is too low to qualify for enrollment, you have a few additional options with Herzing University:

No matter which educational pathway you choose, you’ll be building a strong foundation to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the future.

BSN stands for Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a baccalaureate undergraduate nursing degree you can earn as a key step to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN), or the next educational pathway for current ADN nurses seeking career advancement.

A BSN is a step up from an associate in nursing (ADN/ASN) and can offer further job opportunities for nurses seeking a particular specialty or are looking ahead to earning a master’s degree in nursing (MSN).

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.

The advantages of earning a BSN vs. ADN or going from RN to BSN may 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.

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.

Disclosures
Accreditations

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 approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

2. Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Florida (Orlando and Tampa regions only), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

* 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.

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$695.00
Base Tuition$83,400.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (90 x $695.00 )(-$62,550.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$20,850.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$375.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$2,595.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
93
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
12030
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$91,185.00$23,445.00
Estimated Savings*
$67,740.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply
  • ASN or BSN: Must have completed the TEAS Assessment Score of 78+ or Kaplan Test Score of 66+.
  • MSN: must have a 3.8+ GPA upon entering the program.
Requirements
  • Applicants in the ASN and BSN, must maintain a 3.0 GPA while enrolled.
  • Applicants in the MSN program must maintain a 3.8 GPA.
Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

Financial Aid Team
(866) 508-0748
fa@herzing.edu

1 

Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.