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Diploma in General Studies
Pre-Nursing Program

Take your first step towards a career in nursing with Herzing

  • Typical program length: 8 months
  • Improve your GPA to qualify for nursing school
  • All courses can be completed online
  • Tuition: $590 per credit
  • Available at our WI campuses in Brookfield, Kenosha and Madison
  • Upon successful completion of this program, students may secure a spot in the next available BSN cohort
Waived enrollment fee Classes start November 2nd
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Prepare for nursing school with Herzing University

The Herzing University Diploma in General Nursing – Pre-Nursing represents a pathway into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Students who fall short of the minimum GPA requirement to enroll in a BSN program can earn a diploma, improve their GPA and qualify for entry into a BSN program with Herzing University.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Build foundational career-focused skills applicable to all types of professional environments
  • Discover the many possible degree pathways in nursing, from bachelor’s degree to the many opportunities for those who pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

We believe you deserve the chance to pursue the nursing career you really want and make a difference—even if you don’t qualify to enroll in a BSN program right now.

Our 8-month diploma program offers you new opportunity to begin laying the groundwork for a career as a registered nurse.

This program is available for enrollment at our Wisconsin campuses: Brookfield, Kenosha and Madison.

Classes Start October 5th

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Curriculum

Diploma in General Studies – Pre-Nursing classes & curriculum details

This program allows students to build foundational knowledge to prepare for a bachelor’s degree in nursing program. General studies courses promote critical thinking and problem solving through several course offerings, including microbiology, psychology, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and more.

All classes are delivered online with a balanced mix of labs and lectures to best prepare you to advance your education into an undergraduate degree program.

 
Program Credits  Months*
Diploma in General Studies - Pre-Nursing 24 8
*Average number of months for students to complete program

 

Required Courses

All courses, 22.00 semester credit hours, are required.

The following 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 will be ineligible for enrollment in the nursing programs.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Requirements

Enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Diploma in General Studies – Pre-Nursing program include:

  • A high school or college grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 or higher.
  • Achieve at least a composite score of 51 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 or achieve at least an 18 on the Wonderlic SLE or SLE-Q exam.

Upon successful completion of this program, students may secure a spot in the next available BSN cohort.

Classes Start October 5th

Waived Enrollment Fee

Careers

Position yourself to join a rewarding career path

Earning the Herzing University Diploma in General Studies – Pre-Nursing positions you to qualify to enroll in a BSN program and earn the education you need to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Registered Nurse represents an excellent option for those seeking a good long-term career and make a real difference.

RNs are crucial contributors in hospitals and other patient care facilities, responsible for helping develop and direct patient plans and serve as the key connection between patients and doctors. They can specialize in many different types of care, including:

Job outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of registered nurses is expected to rise 12% from 2018-2028, much faster than the 5% projection across all U.S. occupations.

How can I become an RN?

You cannot become an RN with only a Diploma in General Studies – Pre-Nursing. You will need to complete the diploma, go on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, pass the NCLEX-RN exam and meet the Wisconsin Board of Nursing requirements to officially become an RN.

Students interested in getting the fastest start in the nursing field can also consider a diploma in practical nursing program (minimum GPA requirement of 2.0) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)—available at our Brookfield and Kenosha campuses.

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