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Great opportunities for both men and women in healthcare's largest career field.

With more than 2.6 million jobs for registered nurses and 700,000 for LPNs, the nursing profession constitutes the largest healthcare occupation. The demand for more nurses is due to two major factors:

  • The aging population will result in more patients, and a larger number of nurses will be retiring from the workplace
  • New medical procedures will require greater nursing involvement

Nurses at all levels have a broad array of career opportunities available in virtually every type of healthcare facility including primary care offices, clinics, hospitals, special care units, nursing homes, health departments, occupational health programs, school health services, mental health centers, home health, hospices, assisted living centers, research labs and more.

There are three educational options at Herzing University for those looking to join this important profession. Entry-level nursing positions require at least a diploma or associate degree. Herzing's Diploma in Practical Nursing program prepares graduates to take the licensed practical nursing (LPN) exam upon graduation, whereas the Associate in Nursing degree program prepares graduates to get their registered nursing (RN) license. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree provides more career opportunities as well as the option to advance into graduate programs to pursue advanced practice, management, and nursing faculty positions; graduates of this 32-month bachelor's degree program are also prepared to take their RN exam.

If you want to get in on the cutting edge of patient care, this is the field for you.

A career in Nursing could be right for you if you want to:

  • Learn and work with new healthcare technologies
  • Help patients understand their health issues and treatments
  • Experience new challenges and opportunities
  • Expand your career potential in healthcare
  • Help people feel better and prevent illness
  • Understand the human body and its various systems
  • Teach or consult

NOTE: Not all programs are offered at all campuses. Select your campus on the Nursing Program Outlines page to see which programs are offered in your area.

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The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here .


Our associate and bachelor nursing programs are designed to help our graduates successfully pass their national licensing examination, known as the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-RN. Other eligibility requirements for licensure vary by State. Contact your state's board of nursing for details. Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination allows the graduate to use the title Registered Nurse (RN). Note: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Bridge program requires applicants to be licensed registered nurses before enrolling.

Additional certification includes:


Our Practical Nursing program prepares graduates to take the required licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-PN. This computerized exam is developed and administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to make sure practical nurses have sufficient knowledge in four major Client Needs categories: safe and effective care environment, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity, and physiological integrity.

Eligibility for licensure may vary by state; for details, contact your state's board of nursing. Successful completion of the NCLEX-PN examination allows the graduate to use the title Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

In addition, graduates of the Herzing University Practical Nursing program are eligible to sit for the Association of Practical Nurse Education and Services (NAPNES) Certification in Pharmacology, a national credential issued by NAPNES for practical nurses.

For more information contact NAPNES.

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