CVT to RN-BSN Bridge Program
Orlando, Florida

Earn your BSN degree and start a new career in nursing

Build from your professional experience as a cardiovascular technician (CVT) and bridge to your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to take the leap towards a new career as a registered nurse (RN). Herzing University’s CVT to RN-BSN bridge program, available at our campus in Orlando, Florida, helps you get your BSN faster and open up many different opportunities in the field of nursing.

How long does the program take? The time you need to complete the Cardiovascular Technician to BSN program depends on your total transferrable hours—but typically requires 32 months in a full-time setting (as opposed to 3 full years in the standard BSN program).

CVT to RN bridge program highlights:

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • Concept-based curriculum
  • Engaged faculty with strong academic support
  • Comprehensive preparation for nursing licensure and practice
  • Dual credit towards earning your MSN

Graduate from our program in Orlando, Florida and you will be fully prepared for the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN, meet the Florida board of nursing requirements and become a registered nurse.

Classes start January 6.
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Curriculum

The Herzing University Orlando campus CVT to RN-BSN bridge program is concept-based, covering topics such as ethics and law, research and practice, informatics, global health policy, leadership and management.

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The curriculum also provides pathways for paramedics, licensed practical nurses (LPN) and respiratory therapists (RT) to bridge to their BSN. Our program prepares you for real-life experience in patient care, utilizing lab simulations and clinical practice.

Required Courses in Nursing

All courses, 59.00 semester credit hours, are required. Undergraduate students may take up to 6 graduate credits for selected courses. HCA 610 Health Policy and Management for NF 320 and NU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology for NF 310. See Undergraduate Catalog for full requirements under title Dual Credit-Undergraduate Students Taking MSN Program Courses. ^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.

Required Support Courses for Nursing

11.00 semester credit hour is required.

General Education Prerequisites

The following general education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (70%) or better for a student to be continued in the nursing program. Anatomy and Physiology With Lab Microbiology College Mathematics (Algebra and Statistics) All other general education courses must be passed with a grade of "D" or better to be continued in the nursing program. A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the general education courses but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the nursing program in a future cycle.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 34.00 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 ■ 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities § (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (College Algebra and Statistics) ♦ 4.00 Semester Credit Hours of Natural Science With a Lab Component ▲ 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science * 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 45.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines. ■ Students must take a 300-level course to fulfill this requirement. § A course with a critical thinking focus would be a course that addresses the theories and application of critical analysis with an emphasis on developing sequential reasoning skills. Examples may be courses in critical thinking, philosophy, logic, or science. ♦ Students must take MA 109 and MA 320 to fulfill this requirement. ▲ Students must take SC 370 and SC 370L to fulfill this requirement.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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Requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University CVT to RN-BSN bridge program in Orlando, Florida, include:

  • High school or college grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
  • Achieve at least a composite score of 58 on the most current version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

A minimum of 120 semester credit hours to complete the program and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Careers

What can I do with a BSN?

Earning your degree in nursing is the biggest step to becoming a registered nurse (RN). A registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree may pursue many unique nursing specialties and qualify for different types of nursing careers.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is becoming a growing educational requirement for nurses working in hospitals and healthcare networks. It is also the entry-level degree for most administrative positions, opening the door to higher pay and continued career advancement.

Can I become an RN with an associate’s degree? Yes! A bachelor’s degree may better qualify you for advancing in your nursing career in the future, but you are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse with an associate’s degree. Eligible students may complete the Herzing University Orlando associate in nursing degree program in less than 2 years.

If you are interested in an advanced degree a BSN is your stepping stone to earn a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN). MSN holders have the opportunity to become a family nurse practitioner, nurse educator, nurse administrator or other types of nursing leaders within healthcare organizations.

Cardiovascular Technician CVT to RN Program Orlando Florida
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer:

Yes, Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60614-1413, www.hlcommission.org, (800) 621-7400.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Akron, Atlanta, Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison, Minneapolis and Orlando are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Answer:

It’s a question of:

  1. What your goals are
  2. 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 an associate and bachelor degree.

Answer:

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 $75,510 per year ($36.30 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.

Answer:

You don’t need a bachelor’s degree in nursing to become a registered nurse. Earn your associate’s degree in nursing and you can become an RN more quickly and earn your first set of scrubs.

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.

Answer:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% increase in employment for registered nurses from 2018 to 2028, faster than the 5% average across all occupations. Demographic changes resulting in an older population will increase the need for healthcare professionals to educate and care for patients with many different types of conditions, particularly diabetes, dementia and arthritis.

Answer:

There’s nothing easy about being a nurse. Nurses with a thirst for knowledge, compassion, empathy, self-awareness and a constant focus on lifelong learning are truly exceptional.

Learn more about what makes a good nurse, from the quality of the care you provide to the confident smile you wear every day.

Answer: According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in Florida earn an average salary of $66,210 per year ($31.83 per hour). Pay will depend on your education, years of experience, nursing specialty and healthcare facility where you work. Read more about the how much a registered nurse can make with a BSN.
Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosure

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Orlando is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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Orlando Florida CVT to RN Nurse Bridge Program

Come visit our Orlando campus for a personalized look at our CVT to RN-BSN campus bridge 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.

Orlando Campus

1865 SR 4360
Winter Park, Florida 32792

 (407) 641-5227

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