Earn your BSN in Orlando and become possible
- Transfer up to 90 approved credits
- 3-Year BSN program, or less depending on transfer credit or prior learning
- Year-round study
- Take classes on-campus in Orlando, Florida + online general education courses
- Earn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Earns her BSN Degree
Jasmin Hernandez is a first-generation college student who's on her way to graduate with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. She knows her parents are going to be so happy to see her walk down that stage with her nursing degree.
Career pathways to becoming a BSN-prepared RN
Herzing University is your partner throughout your nursing career, from your very first class to graduating with your master’s degree in nursing (should you choose to pursue it!).
The Orlando BSN degree program offers three options depending on where you are now:
Our traditional pre-licensure program is built for new nursing students with no current degree. The pre-licensure program takes 3 years or less depending on prior transfer credit.
The RN to BSN completion option is for students who have earned an associate or diploma in nursing and are an active, licensed RN. Complete the program on campus in Orlando, FL or online.
We offer an accelerated option for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another field. Learn more about our accelerated BSN nursing program in Orlando, Florida.
Options for veterans, LPNs/LVNs and students with other healthcare licensure
You may be able to receive credits for prior learning so you can accelerate your education and earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing faster through our Orlando, Florida Bridge to Bachelor in Nursing program. The bridge to BSN program is designed for:
Earn dual credit towards an MSN degree
Qualifying students may be eligible to complete up to four graduate-level courses as part of their BSN or RN-BSN program plan at Herzing University. We offer three specialty tracks in our MSN program:
Classes & curriculum details
The Orlando BSN program curriculum is a concept-based learning model focused on helping you pass the NCLEX exam after graduation. Our program is designed to help you succeed in your new career.
- Classes:You’ll take one class at a time, each lasting 8 weeks. Learning is highly practical, with a conceptual introduction in a lecture and reinforcement in select simulation labs for real-time practice.
- Clinicals: Typically, students will spend 2 days in the classroom and 1 day in a clinical or lab. Clinical sites include acute care clinics, long-term care, community-based facilities and major healthcare providers in Orlando.
- Job prospects: With 180 hours required at a clinical site for your practicum, consider your clinicals one long job interview. Many Herzing students graduate and receive job offers from their clinical site given their experience on site.
Laying the foundation for ongoing growth. Conceptual instruction combined organically with clinical experience in many healthcare settings provides a broad, holistic understanding of what it means to be a professional nurse. A solid framework is built that you may continually build from as a practicing registered nurse.
Herzing University’s BSN pre-licensure plan is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN to earn RN licensure upon completion.
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*Average number of months for students to complete program
Required Courses in Nursing
All courses, 73.00 semester credit hours, are required. ^A dosage calculation exam is required for this course. Students unable to pass the exam will be issued a final grade of "F" and will be required to repeat the course in order to satisfy program requirements. Please review the course syllabus for more information
- BSNF students cannot continue to progress in the Accelerated nursing option if they fail a nursing core course.
- BSNF students (traditional pre-licensure option) must progress through the 100-400 level nursing courses sequentially.
Required Courses in General Education
Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 33.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours must be upper level (300- to 400-level courses). Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. * 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in General Education Electives (students must take a 300-level course to fulfill this requirement) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science (Psychology is required) * Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 33.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.
Nursing Support Course
11.00 semester credit hour is required.
The following nursing support courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (70%) or better for a student to continue in the nursing program.
The following nursing support 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 is subject to dismissal from the nursing program.
A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the Nursing Program Support Courses, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the BSN nursing program in a future cycle.
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.
1.00 semester credit hours is required.
Questions? Speak with an advisor today
To be considered for admission into the BSN program, you must hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED or GED) and meet any of the below requirements:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and meet a minimum composite score of 58 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
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a minimum score of 21 on the ACT
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (no entrance test!)
* Students with 12 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Candidates with a GED or HSED will be assessed a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Your career as a registered nurse
Registered nurse ranked #14 Best Health Care Jobs of 2021 according to U.S. News & World Report
Becoming a registered nurse (RN) with a bachelor’s degree opens many doors to advance your nursing career. There are all sorts of different types of nurses and you will have greater opportunity to pursue the nursing specialty of your choice.
How much do BSN-prepared RN’s in Florida make?
The average salary for a registered nurse in Florida as of 2018 is $66,210 per year ($31.83 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nurses with a BSN can have a better chance of earning a higher salary on average given their further education. Learn more about how much a BSN makes on average.
RN job outlook
Due to demographic changes in coming years, the demand for registered nurses is projected to increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15% increase in employment from 2016 to 2026, meaning you have the chance to join a rapidly growing healthcare industry and position yourself for many job opportunities after graduation.
Frequently Asked Questions
The difference between RN vs BSN is that RN stands for Registered Nurse and BSN stands for Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. RN is the career; BSN is a degree needed to become an RN. Earning your BSN positions you for more possibilities as a registered nurse both in earning potential and ability to specialize in the field of your choice.
With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:
- Loan options – Federal & private
- Scholarships & grants
- VA / military benefits
- Other sources of financial aid
You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.
Our nursing programs are designed to be challenging, but not impossible. Your career as a registered nurse will be demanding, and our goal is to help you succeed and become the best healthcare provider you can be. We won’t do you any favors by making things too easy.
Learn more about how hard nursing school really is from Herzing graduates who have been through it. You will have support from Herzing University faculty, staff and other students every step of the way. Never be afraid to ask for help when you need it!
It’s a question of:
- What your goals are
- How quickly you want to reach them
If your goal is to become an RN quickly, the best choice may be an associate’s degree program since you may be able to become an RN in less than 2 years.
If your goal is to become an RN and potentially advance further by working towards a master’s degree in nursing (MSN), your best option is a bachelor’s degree in nursing program.
Read about the most basic differences between ADN vs. BSN and discover what's best for you.
However, if your goal is to continue climbing the ladder to become a nurse practitioner or pursue roles in nursing leadership or administration, you may be best off enrolling in a BSN program so you can reach your goals faster.
No matter what you choose, Herzing is here to empower you to become the best nursing professional you can be.
- Increased autonomy in decision making while on the job
- Open doors to more specialties in the nursing field
- Become a more attractive candidate for hospitals seeking Magnet Recognition
- Build a foundation to grow into education or leadership pathways
- Positions you better for nursing jobs with higher pay
- Qualify to enroll in an MSN program
- Become more familiar and educated with evidence-based practice opportunities
- Increase knowledge and understanding of RN specialties and skills
- Transition from “technical” to “professional” RN
- Gain a deeper knowledge of nursing theory and leadership theory
A 2017 study from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) indicates employers have the level of education at top of mind in the hiring process. Based on results from 586 schools of nursing, the study revealed 49% of hospitals and other healthcare facilities require new hires to hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and 86.3% of employers show a strong preference for BSN graduates.
The ultimate benefit is bettering yourself, becoming the best nurse you can be and following the career path of your choosing.
The general education prerequisite and required coursework as part of the 3-year BSN program curriculum may be completed online. However, there are core nursing courses that must be completed on campus, along with an extensive clinical experience to ensure you are equipped to pass the NCLEX-RN, meet the board of nursing requirements in your state and become an RN-BSN.
Because nurses with a BSN have earned that next degree level and generally have the edge on the job market, they will on average earn a slightly higher salary than nurses with an ASN. However, there are always exceptions; an ASN with several years of an experience may earn a higher salary than an RN with a BSN who is just starting their career.
Registered nurses on average earn $77,460 per year ($37.24 per hour) nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—although estimates will vary based on your state of employment. Find the average BSN nurse salary in your state.
There are many different nursing specialties to choose from. Depending on your personality, educational background and preferred working environment you can follow your own personalized path in the nursing profession.
Here are a few popular nursing specialties you may consider:
- Travel nurse
- Flight nurse
- Oncology nurse
- Pediatric nurse
- Nurse Anesthetist
- Neonatal/NICU nurse
- Assisted living nurse
- Emergency room nurse
- Med/surgical nurse
- Home health nurse
You can take our nursing personality quiz to get a better idea of what you might prefer in your nursing career.
There are a wide variety of different career paths in nursing, and depending on what makes the most sense for you there are several different types of nursing degrees you may consider:
- Diploma in Practical Nursing. The fastest way to start your nursing career is to earn a diploma in practical nursing and become a Licensed Practical Nurse. This isn’t a “degree” but it’s an alternative starting point if you’re ready to get your feet wet in nursing.
- Associate degree in nursing. Earn an associate’s degree in nursing and you’ll be eligible to site for the NCLEX and become a Registered Nurse (RN).
- Bachelor’s in nursing. A bachelor’s degree is becoming the new educational standard for registered nurses, and it will qualify you for a master’s degree program.
- Master’s in nursing. Many roles up the ladder in nursing will require a master’s degree.
All schools have their own distinct degree programs based on their qualifications and expertise. Herzing University offers many different options to provide the shortest path to your destination no matter where you are right now, including campus bridge programs and online programs to help you reach the next level in your education. View all of our nursing programs.
Accreditations & Disclosures
* The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Orlando is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Come visit our Orlando campus for a personalized look at our BSN program to get a feel for the school and our learning environment. We are located on the northeast side of Orlando just off Semoran Boulevard.
1865 SR 4360
Winter Park, Florida 32792
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