Herzing University Nursing School Review
Herzing University provides flexible and convenient opportunities for students to gain the skills they need to succeed in the workforce. Its original focus, when it was founded in 1965, was on computer-related education.
Its focus has since expanded to include healthcare education, business programs, design education, and public safety programs. Herzing University (HU) has a strong online presence; many of the programs are offered online. In addition, Herzing University operates campuses in eight different states; campuses are located in Akron and Toledo, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Brookfield, Menomonee Falls, and Kenosha, Wisconsin; Crystal, Minnesota; Kenner (New Orleans), Louisiana; and Winter Park (Orlando), Florida. At many of these campuses, Herzing University offers programs in nursing.
Diploma in Practical Nursing
Herzing University offers the Diploma in Practical Nursing (DPN) program on two different campuses: in Birmingham and in Madison. The program in Madison, called DPNWI, is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing. To complete the program, a student must earn thirty-seven credits in total. This includes several general education classes (English composition, college algebra, and psychology) in addition to nursing classes and clinical rotations. Typically, a student can complete the DPNWI program in ten months. The program in Birmingham, called DPNAL, requires forty-one credits in total. Usually, a student needs twelve months to complete this course of study. After earning the Diploma in Practical Nursing, a graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). If she passes this test, she earns the title Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing/Associate of Science in Nursing
Herzing University offers an associate degree in nursing in Akron, Madison, and Orlando. All three programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The program in Akron, called AASNOH, has additional approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing. This program requires seventy-three credits in total and usually takes five semesters (twenty months) to complete. The AASNOH program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN) degree. The associate degree program on the Madison campus, called the ASNWI program, has additional approval from the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing. It requires seventy-four credits in total and leads to an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Typically, a student in the ASNWI program must commit to twenty months of full-time study to earn a degree. The associate degree program in Orlando, called the ASN program, also leads to an ASN degree. A student in Orlando must complete seventy-five credits in order to finish the program. This usually takes twenty-two months. All graduates of Herzing University’s associate degree in the nursing program are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Associate of Science in Nursing – LPN to RN Bridge
An LPN can advance his career by completing an associate degree program and taking the exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Herzing University offers a pathway for an LPN who wishes to do this. The pathway is available in two different locations: in Birmingham and Orlando. The LPN to RN Bridge program in Birmingham called the ASNB program, requires seventy-five credits in total. Herzing University will grant the incoming LPN fifteen advanced placement credits toward the program requirements. Generally, an LPN can complete the entire program in eighteen months (as opposed to the twenty months required for a traditional student in the associate degree nursing program). In Orlando, the program also requires seventy-five credit hours. An LPN can receive up to fourteen advanced placement credits for the Orlando LPN to RN Bridge program, allowing him to complete the program in eighteen months. The Orlando program has approval from the Florida State Board of Nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Herzing University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on five different campuses: Atlanta, Brookfield, Kenosha, Minneapolis, and Orlando. In Atlanta, Brookfield, Kenosha, and Orlando, students must earn 121 credits in order to graduate; students in the BSN program in Minneapolis need to earn 120 credits. This course of study takes thirty-two to thirty-six months of full-time study to complete and prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-RN. After passing this test, graduates are prepared to either work as RNs or to pursue graduate-level nursing education. The BSN program is approved by the State Board of Nursing in all five states where it is located.
RN to Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing – (RN to BSN Bridge)
Herzing University’s on-campus RN to BSN Bridge program (BSNB) is available in Orlando. This program provides a pathway for an RN who holds an associate degree to complete a BSN degree. Typically, an RN in this program must commit to twenty months of study. She must earn 129 credits in total, but Herzing University will accept up to fifty transfer credits (both nursing and non-nursing credits) from her associate degree program. An RN in the RN to BSN Bridge program must complete at least thirty-two nursing credits, in addition to general education credits. All the classes in the Orlando RN to BSN Bridge program are offered on campus.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN Bridge Online
For flexibility and convenience, Herzing University also offers an online RN to BSN program (BSNBO), which is available in Birmingham, Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Omaha. Like the RN to BSN students in the on-campus program in Orlando, students in the online RN to BSN program must earn 129 credits in total. They can transfer in up to fifty credits and must complete the remainder of the credits through Herzing University’s distance learning technology. The online RN to BSN Bridge program typically takes twenty months to complete.
Nurse Aide Training Program
The Nurse Aide Training program is only available in Madison. A student in this program must devote 137 hours to the classroom and clinical instruction. Over the course of these 137 hours, he will learn to provide basic nursing care to patients in long-term care facilities. After completing the course, he may take the state certification exam for nurse aides and apply for jobs as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).
Master of Science in Nursing – Online
Herzing University offers a fully online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for RNs who have completed a BSN degree. The program is open to RNs in all states except for Arkansas, District of Columbia, Montana, and Wyoming. Studying on a full-time basis, an RN can complete the MSN program in just one year. She can also choose to study on a part-time basis, taking two years to complete the coursework. Herzing University offers three different tracks within its MSN program:
MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track of the MSN program is called MSNFNP. To complete this, a student must earn forty-eight credits. This includes eighteen credits of core graduate nursing classes and thirty credits in the FNP area of specialization.
Herzing University refers to the Nursing Education track of its MSN program as MSNNE. It requires thirty-six credits in total: eighteen credits of core graduate nursing classes, twelve credits of nursing education classes, and six credits for a capstone project.
The Nursing Management track of the MSN program is called MSNNM. Like the Nursing Education track, it requires thirty-six credits in total: eighteen credits of core graduate nursing classes, twelve credits of nursing education classes, and six credits for a capstone project.
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