Paramedic to RN-BSN Program
Minneapolis, Minnesota


Earn a BSN and excel on a new career path.

Experience in the field as a paramedic is a strong foundation for a career as a nurse. The knowledge you can bring to patient care as a registered nurse (RN) is valuable and can help you be all the more employable. You can utilize your skills developed as a paramedic and transition into real success as an RN.

Herzing University’s Paramedic to RN-BSN program option in Minneapolis, Minnesota helps you bridge to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and launch a new career offering many possibilities to specialize and advance.

Program highlights:

  • CCNE accredited*
  • Complete required general education classes online
  • Hands-on learning on campus in Minneapolis
  • Close faculty support in a caring learning environment
  • Comprehensive preparation for nursing licensure and practice
  • Strong academic support
  • Dual credit towards earning an MSN degree
Classes start May 4.
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The Herzing Paramedic to BSN bridge program in Minneapolis, Minnesota prepares you for real experience in patient care, utilizing lab simulations and clinical practice. The program features a comprehensive nursing curriculum focusing on health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, illness and disease management throughout the lifespan.

The Paramedic to BSN program is built to help you build on your experience as a paramedic and bridge to a BSN degree faster than a traditional 3-year program. There are three main components of the program:

  • On-campus. Complete core coursework on campus in Minneapolis.
  • Online. You may complete your general education prerequisites online.
  • Clinicals. Clinical experience is vital to excel in your new career.

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After graduating from the program you will be prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements and become a registered nurse in Minnesota.

Minneapolis Paramedic to RN BSN Program Curriculum
Minneapolis Paramedic to RN BSN Program Requirements

Enrollment requirements


To be considered for admission into the 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.

Questions? Schedule a call with an advisor


Your career as a registered nurse (RN)

To become a registered nurse, you’ll need to earn an undergraduate nursing degree: either an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens many doors you to different types of nursing specialties and personalized career paths. Herzing’s Paramedic to BSN bridge program in Minneapolis will help you get there faster than a 3-year BSN program designed for new students.

Can I become an RN with an associate degree? Yes! You are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and become an RN in the state of Minnesota with an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. However, if you plan to pursue a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) in the future,  you may want to choose the bachelor's degree path right away.

A career in nursing offers many unique paths you may follow to work towards the job you've always wanted.


Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60614-1413,, (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 (


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.


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.


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.


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!


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:

You can take our nursing personality quiz to get a better idea of what you might prefer in your nursing career.

Answer: 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.

With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:

You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.


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: According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in Minnesota earn an average salary of $78,920 per year ($37.94 per hour). Pay will depend on your education, years of experience, nursing specialty and healthcare facility where you work. Read more about the average salary for an RN with a BSN degree.

Accreditation & Disclosure

* The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Minneapolis is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Visit Us

Visit Minneapolis Paramedic to RN BSN Program

Schedule a visit to our campus in Minneapolis to learn more about the Paramedic to BSN program and what we’re all about. We’re located just west of downtown off Hwy 169.

Minneapolis Campus

435 Ford Road
St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426

(612) 360-2484

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