Minnesota AG and Herzing University Reach Settlement Over Lack of Accreditation of Medical Assistant Associate Degree

The settlement offers four options to students who enrolled in the unaccredited two-year medical assisting degree program at Herzing:

  • Forfeit their credits and receive a full refund of all tuition and living expenses;
  • Enroll at another institution and receive a full refund of all tuition and corresponding living expenses for all credits that do not transfer;
  • Receive a $7,500 credit and continue their studies at Herzing and obtain the credentials needed to sit for the CMA exam (at no additional cost);
  • Choose none of these options and pursue any other private remedy on their own.

Company Overview

Herzing University is a privately held, for-profit education company headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. Founded in 1965 by Henry and Suzanne Herzing, the company was originally a computer training institute. Today, Herzing offers Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs in the fields of business management, electronics, healthcare, graphic design, and public safety as well as Master’s degrees (online only). Herzing operates 11 campuses in 8 States.

The current president of Herzing University is Renee Herzing, who succeeded her father Henry Herzing in March 2009. Henry Herzing continues to serve as CFO and on the board of directors. Herzing remains owned by the Herzing family and it is unclear what outside investors the company may have. 

Like more than half of the regionally accredited brands the committee examined, Herzing University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC). 2000 At the time HLC accredited Herzing in 2004, the company enrolled 2,483 students. HLC has recently taken steps to place growth restrictions on all Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs.

While it is significantly smaller than many companies the committee examined, Herzing has grown significantly over the last decade. Enrollment at Herzing has increased 260 percent since 2001. In the fall of 2001, Herzing enrolled 2,285 students. By the fall of 2010, the company enrolled 8,253 students.

Source: Senate HELP Committee Report

By Doug Erickson, Madison.comBy Bryan Cohen, By Paul Walsh,

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Minn. AG settles with Herzing U over lack of MAA accreditation

By Alex Friedrich, MPR News

Attorney General Lori Swanson and Herzing University, a for-profit college based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, entered into a settlement today arising out of Herzing’s lack of accreditation for its two-year medical assistant associate degree program in Minnesota, which impacts the ability of students to obtain the Certified Medical Assistant certification, which is preferred by many employers.

“Students need full and accurate information about the accreditation of a program, which can impact professional licensure and job prospects,” said Swanson.

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Five students who graduated Saturday with nursing degrees from Madison's Herzing College have sued the school, alleging they got less than they paid for because the program has yet to be nationally accredited.The students claim Herzing officials assured them before enrollment that the nursing program would earn the accreditation by the time they graduated.
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Minnesota AG settles with Herzing University

Legal NewslineMinnesota 
Attorney General Lori Swanson has announced a settlement with a Milwaukee-based, for-profit college to resolve allegations the school failed to obtain accreditation for one of its programs.Herzing University allegedly offered a two-year associate degree program in clinical medical assisting at its Crystal campus without obtaining accreditation from either the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The lack of accreditation allegedly kept students from taking the Certified Medical Assistant exam in an effort to obtain the certification preferred by many employers.

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Minn., Herzing University reach deal over program that lacked accreditation

Star Tribune

Since 2011, Milwaukee-based Herzing has offered a two-year associate degree in clinical medical assisting in Crystal. To be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam and obtain the certification preferred by many employers, a student must graduate from a medical assistant program that is accredited by either the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

Herzing’s two-year degree program was not accredited by either organization.

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