An accredited online BSN program for non-nurses
- Program length: 3 years or less depending on transfer credit
- No previous RN experience required
- All 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 learning includes on-site clinicals and three intensives requiring attendance at a designated Herzing or partner site
- Available for enrollment in 8 states2
- Career pathways: Earn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and build a strong foundation for future career advancement
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
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*Average number of months for students to complete program
Required Courses in Nursing
66.00 semester credit hours are required.
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 146 – Anatomy and Physiology I for Nurses SC 246 – 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.
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.
What's online, and what's in-person?
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.
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
We are always working to make your bachelor’s degree in nursing as affordable as possible and prepare you best to succeed in your work.
With Herzing University, you are never alone, and we offer many options to help you invest in yourself and thrive in an exciting new career in nursing. Financial aid options include:
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).
|3.00 - 4.00 GPAi||Science TEAS of 65ii||Composite TEAS of 65|
|Minimum Requirements to be Included in the Selective Process|
|2.50 GPAi||Science TEAS of 58ii||Composite TEAS of 58|
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.
ii. An alternative requirement to the Science TEAS score is if the student has achieved a "B" or better in college Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II.
Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Illinois*, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
* Chicago and areas south of Chicago only.
Find your career path in nursing
Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing both prepares you to become an RN and potentially advance to a variety of unique future career opportunities, including advanced roles both on the clinical and administrative sides of the nursing profession:
- RN specializations. RNs who hold a bachelor’s degree can better compete for jobs or pursue certifications in specialty areas such as pediatrics, oncology, neonatal/NICU, med/surgical, and much more.
- MSN pathways. Explore MSN nurse practitioner, nursing education or leadership and administration concentrations to earn a master’s degree and become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). You can earn dual credit towards an MSN as part of our online BSN program!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to rise 7% from 2019-2029, higher than the expected average across all U.S. occupations.*
Now is an excellent time to pursue a degree qualifying you for jobs in a growing field with numerous opportunities for career advancement.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 7% increase in need for registered nurses from 2019-2029. 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:
- 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.
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.
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:
- Enroll in a Pre-Nursing associate degree program. We’ve developed an Associate of Science/Associate of Applied Science in General Studies in Pre-Nursing curriculum specifically designed to help you improve your GPA and qualify for a BSN program in the future. Our minimum GPA requirements is 2.25, with availability through our Atlanta, Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison, Minneapolis, Orlando and Tampa campuses.
- Enroll in an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN/ADN) program. You can qualify for the NCLEX-RN by earning an associate degree in nursing. Our minimum GPA requirement is 2.5, with campus availability in Akron, Birmingham and Orlando.
- Enroll in a Practical Nursing Diploma program (LPN/PN). As an alternative, you may consider becoming a practical nurse. You can earn a diploma in as few as 12 months and qualify to take the NCLEX-PN exam. Our minimum GPA requirement is 2.0, with campus availability in Akron, Birmingham, Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison, Orlando and Tampa.
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).
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.
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, Illinoisi, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
i. Chicago and areas south of Chicago only.
* 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.