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Associate Degree in General Studies
Pre-Nursing Program

Take your first step towards a career in nursing with Herzing

  • Typical program length: 16 months
  • Improve your GPA to qualify for nursing school
  • All courses can be completed online
  • Tuition: $590 per credit
  • Available at 7 campus locations
  • Upon successful completion of this program, students may secure a spot in the next available BSN cohort
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 8th
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Prepare for nursing school with Herzing University

The Herzing University Associate of Science in General Studies – 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 the BSN nursing program can begin their nursing education, earn an associate degree and improve their GPA enough to qualify for entry into a pre-licensure 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 general studies degree 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), Atlanta, GA, Minneapolis, MNOrlando and Tampa, FL.

Classes Start March 8th

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Classes & curriculum details

This program allows students to build foundational knowledge to prepare for a pre-licensure 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 a bachelor's degree program.

Program Credits  Months*
Associate of Science in General Studies - Pre-Nursing 60 16
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Required Courses

All courses, 58.00 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.


In addition, BSN students enrolled in the Atlanta Campus are also required to complete the following courses with a "B" (80%) or better:

Required Courses in General Education

The University's general education requirement is met through the required courses in this program.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.


Enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Associate of Science 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.

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

Classes Start March 8th

Waived Enrollment Fee


Position yourself to join a rewarding career path

Completing the Herzing pre-nursing program positions you to qualify to enroll in a pre-licensure 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 7% from 2019-2029, much faster than the 4% projection across all U.S. occupations.

How can I become an RN?

You cannot become an RN with only an Associate of Science in General Studies – Pre-Nursing. You will need to complete the degree, go on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, pass the NCLEX-RN exam and meet your state's 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).


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