Classes & curriculum details
The Herzing University BSN program is designed to help you develop foundational nursing skills and build a strong conceptual and practical background. You can wear many different hats as a registered nurse, and we prepare you to adapt and succeed in many different circumstances.
- Enroll smoothly. Transfer credit without a long, stressful wait. We don’t make you jump through hoops.
- Engage with faculty. With a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, 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 of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and earn RN licensure in the state of Wisconsin.
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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. Undergraduate Course Graduate Course NSG 324 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing NU 560 – Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice NSG 421 Nursing Informatics NU 525 – Technology & Nursing Informatics and 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 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.
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 University is your lifelong learning partner
Herzing nursing programs are designed to follow the many career pathways through nursing, all the way from earning a practical nursing diploma through getting a post master’s certificate. We’re on your side every step of the way to help you build the career you want.
Students in Madison, Wisconsin seeking their bachelor’s degree in nursing may consider a few different Herzing University programs:
Our 3-year pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is built for students who are just beginning their education and want to become a registered nurse in the state of Wisconsin.
The online RN to BSN program option is for current active, licensed registered nurses looking for their BSN. The RN to BSN program helps RNs get their degree fast.
Herzing offers an accelerated option for those who have already earned a BS degree in another field. Learn more about the accelerated BSN nursing program in Madison, Wisconsin.
LPNs and Paramedics - consider our unique bridge to BSN option
We offer dedicated LPN to RN-BSN and Paramedic to RN-BSN programs: 120-credit degree options that you may be able to complete in as few as 28 months. Accelerate your learning and bridge to your BSN faster!
The benefit of enrolling with Herzing University is our depth of degree programs built to help students at all levels continue advancing their education, both on campus and online. If you choose to pursue your master’s degree, we offer online MSN programs—and also post master’s certificates.
Earn dual credit towards an MSN degree
If you qualify, you may be eligible to complete up to four graduate-level classes as part of your BSN or RN-BSN program plan at Herzing University. Should you choose to continue working towards a master's degree in nursing, we offer three specialty tracks:
Earn your BSN and jumpstart your nursing career
Registered nurse ranks #14 Best Health Care Jobs of 2021 according to U.S. News & World Report
One of the biggest steps you can take in your nursing career is earning your bachelor’s degree. Getting a BSN unleashes potential for you to not only become a registered nurse (if you haven’t already), but to pursue roles in leadership, administration or teaching. You may consider becoming many different kinds of nurses, and BSN holders have more opportunity to go after the nursing specialty of their choice.
RN job outlook
The demand for registered nurses is expected to rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 9% increase in RN employment from 2020-2030.*
Earning your bachelor’s degree in nursing offers you the opportunity to enter a growing industry and have one of the best reviewed jobs in healthcare.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.