Bridge from paramedic to nursing faster
- Transfer up to 90 approved credits
- Program length: 28 months
- Supportive faculty and a caring learning environment
- Comprehensive preparation for nursing licensure and practice
- Earn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Herzing Paramedic to BSN bridge program in Brookfield, Wisconsin prepares you for real-life 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 program is built to help you build on your experience as a paramedic and bridge to a BSN degree. There are three main components of the program:
- On-campus. Complete core coursework on campus in Brookfield.
- Online. You may complete your general education prerequisites online.
- Clinicals. Clinical experience is vital to excel in your new career.
After graduating from the program you will be prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), meet the board of nursing requirements and become an RN in Wisconsin.
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.
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Your career as a registered nurse (RN)
To become a registered nurse, you’ll need to first earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing. Earning a bachelor’s degree positions you for a wide variety of nursing specialties and unique career paths in nursing. Herzing’s Paramedic to BSN option will help you get there faster than a traditional 3-year BSN program.
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 Wisconsin with an associate degree in nursing. However, if you plan on pursuing your master’s degree in nursing in the future, working towards your BSN from the start is a good idea.
A career in nursing offers personalized paths you may follow to work towards the career you’ve always dreamed about.
Frequently Asked Questions
A BSN opens doors to leadership and management positions, clinical teaching positions, and Community Health careers. Magnet-certified facilities often do not hire Associate degree graduates, or they hire them with the understanding that they have a limited time to complete a Bachelor's degree or lose their position.
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.
Herzing University is dedicated to providing you with affordable, quality education to help you complete your degree in nursing.
The cost of our nursing programs varies by degree, location and program. More information and an estimate for the cost of your education can be found on our Herzing Tuition Wizard.
Students attending Herzing may be eligible for a combination of grants, scholarships, and student employment to make tuition as affordable as possible. You might also be eligible to qualify for federal financial aid or military benefits and services. Contact us directly for more information.
Regulation has been deliberated for many years. There is currently only one state which has taken concrete action to make BSNs effectively mandatory for nurses – New York. Their “BSN in 10” bill, passed in January 2017, requires registered nurses holding an associate degree to earn their BSN qualification within 10 years of their initial RN licensure.
Two primary competing factors cloud the issue:
- Hospitals are incentivized to hire more BSN-prepared nurses. Organizations seeking Magnet Recognition must require all nurse managers to hold a BSN.
- Nurses are in very high demand. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) calls it a shortage in nursing. Raising minimum education requirements may decrease the pool of eligible employable RNs.
Because of the high demand for nurses, sweeping legislation making bachelor’s degrees mandatory across the board seems unlikely. However, make sure to keep an eye on what’s happening in your state!
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:
- 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.
Accreditation varies by nursing degree program and the Herzing campus where it is offered.*
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).
The master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Herzing University Madison are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.
For more information about accreditation, please check out our nursing programs to discover the program that interests you!
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.
Herzing University has 9 ground campuses across the United States and an online division. While all Herzing campuses offer nursing programs, these programs vary at the Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate degree level.
For more information about Herzing’s nursing degree program, click on the link for each of our unique campus programs:
According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs make an average salary of $77,460 per year ($37.24 per hour)*. Nurses with a bachelor’s degree tend to fall on the upper side of that average due to their advanced education and their qualification to help hospitals earn Magnet Recognition.
The BLS projects a 12% increase in need for registered nurses from 2018-2028*. RNs are in high demand, and earning a BSN can help your resume stand out and give you a better chance of getting the job you really want.
* Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.
Accreditations & Disclosures
* The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Brookfield is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
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15895 W. Bluemound Rd.
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005
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