Madison LPN to RN-BSN program curriculum details
Herzing University's LPN to BSN bridge program in Madison expands on your previous training with classes focusing on providing quality, evidence-based patient care.
- On-campus. Complete core coursework on campus in Madison.
- Online. You may complete your general education prerequisites online.
- Clinicals. Clinical experience is vital to excel in your new career.
Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and meet the Wisconsin Board of Nursing requirements to obtain an RN license.
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*Average number of months for students to complete program
Required Courses in Nursing for LPN/Paramedic to BSN Option
A minimum of 45.00 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.
*NU 215 is required for all students entering with an LPN or Paramedic license.
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
or NU 451 Nursing Leadership and Management Semester Credit Hours: 3.00
Transfer Credits in Nursing and Open Electives
Students at the Brookfield, Kenosha, and Madison locations, will receive a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours of block transfer credit for their LPN or Paramedic license. Additional transfer credits may be considered for general education, programmatic support and non-clinical nursing courses on a course-by-course basis.
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 "C" (70%) or better for a student to continue in the nursing program.
- SC 186 Chemistry (credits included in general education above)
- MA 109 College Algebra (credits included in general education above)
- MA 320 Statistics (credits included in general education above)
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.
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 LPN to BSN program, you must:
- Hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED or GED)
- Be a Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse or graduate of the Army Practical Nurse Program (68W-M6)
And meet any of the following requirements:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and meet a minimum composite score of 58 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
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a minimum score of 21 on the ACT
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (no entrance test!)
* Students with 12 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Candidates with a GED or HSED will be assessed a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
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Earn your BSN to become a Registered Nurse (RN)
Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) provides excellent career mobility. RNs in Madison who have furthered their education with a BSN can hold an advantage on the job market and pursue a greater variety of nursing specialties.
What can I do as a registered nurse?
RNs are essential to develop and direct treatment plans, serving as the key connection between patients and doctors. The job description includes performing diagnostic tests, operating medical equipment, consulting with physicians on course of treatment and administering medication. Registered nurses often specialize in a certain type of care as they discover their strengths in patient care.
You can go from LPN to RN-BSN with Herzing University’s bridge program in Madison. Getting your education is the biggest step to becoming a registered nurse.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are several benefits of being a BSN prepared nurse, including:
- Job security
- Higher average income
- Develop a more global perspective
- Getting involved in the community
- Leadership skills
- Evidence-based practice
Getting a BSN includes coursework and experience surpassing an associate’s degree program. Read more about the advantages of getting a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
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.
Regulation has been deliberated for many years. There is currently only one state which has taken concrete action to make BSNs effectively mandatory for nurses – New York. Their “BSN in 10” bill, passed in January 2017, requires registered nurses holding an associate degree to earn their BSN qualification within 10 years of their initial RN licensure.
Two primary competing factors cloud the issue:
- Hospitals are incentivized to hire more BSN-prepared nurses. Organizations seeking Magnet Recognition must require all nurse managers to hold a BSN.
- Nurses are in very high demand. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) calls it a shortage in nursing. Raising minimum education requirements may decrease the pool of eligible employable RNs.
Because of the high demand for nurses, sweeping legislation making bachelor’s degrees mandatory across the board seems unlikely. However, make sure to keep an eye on what’s happening in your state!
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!
While Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) often work together in collaboration in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, their roles and responsibilities are very different. Learn more about the biggest differences between practical nurses (LPN/LVN) and registered nurses (RN).
The general education prerequisite and required coursework as part of the LPN to RN-BSN program curriculum may be completed online. However, there are core nursing courses that must be completed on campus, along with an extensive clinical 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 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.
According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs make an average salary of $77,460 per year ($37.24 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 12% increase in need for registered nurses from 2018-2028*. 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.
* Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.
You may think the cheapest or fastest RN to BSN program will be the best fit. Yes, time and money matters—but there’s nothing more important than your career success.
Herzing University exists to empower your professional success and guide you as a lifelong learning partner. Earning a BSN degree with Herzing means developing career-focused skills to not only blossom as an RN with a BSN, but continue following your passion to carve a personalized, fulfilling career path.
Yes, clinical experience is an integral part of all Herzing University BSN programs.
Your education to become a registered nurse necessarily includes on campus simulations and real-life clinical experience—there is no substitute! If you have any questions about the clinical component of the program please contact us for more information.
Accreditations & Disclosures
* The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).