Find your MSN career path with Herzing University
- CCNE accredited1
- No wait list!
- Earn an MSN fast: in as few as 20 months, depending on your chosen degree pathway
- 100% online coursework with a hands-on clinical component
- Herzing University pledges YOUR clinical placement
- Go from ADN in nursing to MSN, or earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) along the way in our RN to BSN to MSN track
- Choose your MSN concentration: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Nursing Education (NE) or Nursing Leadership and Administration (NLA)
Choose your path to earn an MSN
Earn your BSN on the way from RN to MSN and graduate with your MSN.
- Curriculum built to help you earn a BSN and MSN faster
- How long? 28-32 total months on average, depending on concentration
- Earn a bachelor’s degree that is preferred by some employers
- Choose the MSN concentration that's right for you
Bridge directly from an ADN to MSN in the Herzing Accelerated RN to MSN program.
- Curriculum built to accelerate your MSN completion
- How long? As few as 20-24 months, depending on concentration
- Ideal for nurses who are not required by their employer to hold a BSN
- Choose the MSN concentration that's right for you
Herzing University's RN to MSN Concentrations
Specialize in the delivery of acute and chronic care as an AGACNP.
Focus your study in the adult population and become an AGPCNP.
Make your mark in nursing as a leader or administrator.
Your clinical placement is our pledge.
We understand securing clinical placement as part of an MSN degree program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.
As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.
Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*
* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment agreement.
RN to MSN program enrollment prerequisites
Enrollment requirements are consistent regardless of your concentration or whether you choose the accelerated RN to MSN or RN to BSN to MSN track. Prerequisites include:
- Live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the RN to MSN program
- Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they practice
- Hold an associate degree (ADN/ASN/AASN) in nursing from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
- Participate in an interview to identify your goals and if the RN to MSN will work for you
Pathways to Success
Many of our online programs offer pathways for continued learning, which allow you to move from one degree, such as an associate degree, to a bachelor’s degree, to a master’s degree.
Flexible and Convenient
Earn your degree from the comfort of your own home. There are no designated times you must be online. You can log into your virtual classroom when it’s convenient for you.
At Herzing, being online does not mean being alone.You’ll receive the same personalized attention and career-focused education that we offer in our traditional classroom.
Online and/or On-Campus
Get the best of both worlds. Some of our degree programs are offered exclusively online and some programs are offered as a combination of both campus and online classes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Earning potential can vary widely depending on your career path. Pay will depend on your depth of experience, degree level earned, your state of employment and the specific roles and responsibilities in the position.
According to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)*:
There are two types of general NPs: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNPs) and Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). Both NPs provide ongoing health counseling, prevention and management for their patients.
The primary difference is the patient population they care for: FNPs practice across the lifespan in family practice, including pediatric, adult, and geriatric care. AGNPs work only with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
If you are open to working with children you may choose the FNP path, while those who prefer to work with adults only may choose the AGNP path.
After earning a master’s degree you may pursue further nursing credentials in a post-master’s certificate in nursing program. Herzing offers multiple certificate options with concentrations in:
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Nursing Education (NE)
- Nursing Leadership & Administration (NLA)
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
Earning an MSN represents a huge step forward in your education, but there is always more to learn. We are your lifelong partner in learning, dedicated to helping you earn the education needed to reach your highest career goals.
Nurse practitioners have an expanded scope of practice compared to registered nurses. In addition to RN duties, nurse practitioners may also write prescriptions, order lab tests, diagnose illnesses, and more (although specifics vary by state). NPs have greater autonomy in delivering patient care, and for that reason, the education requirement is higher.
In the past, there were separate designations for Adult Nurse Practitioners (ANP) and Geriatric Nurse Practitioners (GNP). Now the two roles have been combined into Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP). The knowledge and skills developed in an MSN-AGNP program will best prepare you to work with geriatric/elderly patients.
Graduating with an MSN and becoming board certified as a primary care nurse practitioner (AGPCNP-BC) will qualify you to practice as an NP and pursue a geriatric specialty.
Earning an MSN can open several doors to take your nursing career to the next level.
You might choose to become a nurse practitioner. There are many types of nurse practitioners with unique specialties you can consider pursuing. Herzing University offers multiple concentrations for current RNs seeking the next step up to nurse practitioner:
- MSN - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). Specialize in critical and acute care as an acute nurse practitioner focusing on the adult patient population.
- MSN – Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP/AGNP). Provide care for the adult population (adolescent through geriatric) in a primary care role.
- MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Specialize in family practice and build a deep foundational understanding of patient care across the lifespan.
- MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Focus your study in psychiatric care and develop the skills necessary to deliver holistic care to patients with mental illnesses and disorders.
Career opportunities in nursing also exist in nursing leadership, administration and education. By earning an MSN in Nursing Education you may qualify to teach nursing in clinical and/or academic settings. An MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration helps you develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a decision maker, potentially qualifying for roles as a manager, director or executive.
There are many paths to reaching upper-level roles in nursing, and we exist to help you become qualified for them.
Earning an MSN with Herzing University can take anywhere from 16-32 months. Program length can vary depending on your current education, your chosen degree pathway, whether you enroll part or full time, and MSN concentration.
Typical full-time program lengths:
- Nurse Practitioner program options (AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP, PMHNP): 24-32 months
- Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership and Administration programs: 16-28 months
There are several potential advantages to earning a master’s degree:
- Your role in patient care. Earning an MSN can help you specialize in the type of patient care you are most passionate about – or transition away from primarily patient care as an RN into roles in leadership, administration or education.
- Earning potential. Moving up the career ladder beyond registered nurse can open up opportunities to specialize your expertise, get better at what you do and increase your pay.
- Qualifications for more jobs. You never know when that dream job opens up and starts taking applicants. With an MSN, you’ll have an even stronger resume to bring to the table for your next big job interview.
- Open doors to further advanced education. By earning your MSN you may potentially consider a Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) or post-master’s certificate programs in other concentrations to continue expanding your education and nursing credentials.
The faculty here make themselves available during their designated office hours, but if you need extra help, they will meet at times that will work for YOU.
Accreditation & Disclosures
1. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Herzing University - Madison are 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.
* 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.