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Bachelor's Degree

Paramedic to BSN/ASN
Program Options - Nashville, TN

Calendar

CLASSES START
Sep 4th

20-28 Mo.

Program Length

72-120

Credits

On-campus

Format

ASN, BSN

Degree Options

Bachelor's Degree

Paramedic to BSN/ASN
Program Options - Nashville, TN

Bridge from paramedic to RN with Herzing University in Nashville

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Degree pathwaysDesigned for current licensed paramedics to bridge to an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) faster than a traditional program
Transfer creditUp to 52-90 approved credits
FormatIn-person classes at our Nashville, Tennessee campus + online gen eds
QuickPathsTransfer credit, stackable credentials, and adaptive learning technology build a faster pathway to a higher education with Herzing University

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BSN Bridge Option - Paramedics - Nashville

Nursing Bridge Options for Paramedics – Nashville, TN

The paramedic to RN educational pathway includes associate and bachelor's degree in nursing program options which prepare you for a career as a Registered Nurse (RN). Each Nashville campus program provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to help you leverage your experience as a paramedic into a career in nursing.

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Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

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Flexible schedule

We work hard to help you maintain school-life balance, striving to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

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Experienced faculty

Get face-to-face instruction from experienced and credentialed faculty with real-world success in the field.

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Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

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Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

Classes Start September 4th

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You may qualify for our online option

We now offer an online BSN Bridge option for paramedics featuring asynchronous didactic (lecture) courses, meaning you can complete all gen ed and core nursing courses online on your own schedule.i

The online bridge option includes practical, hands-on training including clinicals and intensives, which you must attend at a designated Herzing or partner site.

This can be a great choice if you are seeking maximum flexibility in completing your didactic coursework throughout the program.

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i. The online and on-campus programs have unique enrollment requirements. View our online Paramedic to BSN Bridge Option admission requirements.

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Curriculum

Courses & curriculum details

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) - Bridge Option2072
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Bridge Option28120

i. Average number of months for students to complete program

ASN Bridge Option curriculum

 

BSN Bridge Option curriculum

Tuition & Cost

20-28 months | 70-120 credits

$725 per credit tuition

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Tuition & Cost

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculums and processes to make our nursing program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

With Herzing University, you are never alone, and we offer many options to help you invest in yourself and earn your bachelor’s degree. Financial aid options include:

Requirements

Enrollment requirements

To be considered for admission into the ASN or BSN Bridge Option in Nashville, you must:

  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED, or GED)
  • Currently work as a licensed paramedic
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5i
  • Earn a minimum score of 58.7 on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI)

If you do not meet the GPA or TEAS requirements, you may be eligible for our Associate in General Studies - Pre-Nursing program as an alternative pathway. Please contact admissions for further details.

i. Students with 18 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Otherwise, the high school GPA will be used.

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Your nursing career is possible

Join Emily and embark on a complete, holistic, career-focused education preparing you with the skills and knowledge to succeed as a registered nurse.

Job outlook and pay potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurse is expected to increase 6% from 2022-2032.*

Registered nurses earn an average salary of $94,480 per year ($45.42 per hour). That would represent a significant raise for the average paramedic in the US ($49,500 per year, $23.80 per hour).

You can take a big step forward in your nursing career by becoming an RN.

Careers

Going from paramedic to RN

Pursuing the RN career path means transitioning from working as a first responder to becoming a crucial contributor to ongoing care once the patient reaches the hospital (or other medical facility).

As a registered nurse you’ll be the backbone of day-to-day operations in many healthcare settings. RNs help to:

  • Develop and direct treatment plans
  • Counsel patients and family members
  • Ensure patient comfort
  • Serve as the key connection between doctors and patients

Registered Nurse ranks as the #8 Best Healthcare Job for 2023 according to U.S. News & World Report.

Can I specialize? RNs can specialize in an area of their choosing with enough education and experience. You may be able to use your experience as a paramedic to help become an emergency/ER nurse in the future.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The primary difference is paramedics act as first responders, providing emergency preliminary care and transportation to the hospital—where RNs assist in administering follow-up care to help patients heal and return to their lives.

Paramedics must be able to provide the basic care needed to get patients to the hospital in the best state possible to ensure they can successfully recover. RNs typically need more education and training to practice, as their scope of practice in administering healthcare is wider than a paramedic’s.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for registered nurses is $94,480 per year ($45.42 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 6% increase in need for registered nurses from 2022-2032.* RNs are in demand, and earning a BSN can help your resume stand out and give you a better chance of getting the job you really want.

It’s a question of:

  1. What your goals are
  2. How quickly you want to reach them

If your goal is to go from LPN to 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.

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:

  1. Hospitals are incentivized to hire more BSN-prepared nurses. Organizations seeking Magnet Recognition must require all nurse managers to hold a BSN.
  2. 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!

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!

The advantages of a BSN can include:

  • 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 2022 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 responses from nursing schools, the survey revealed 69.8% 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.

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.

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(615) 206-2858

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Disclosures

Disclosures & accreditation

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Effective May 7, 2024, this Associate of Science in Nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on May 7, 2026.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
https://www.acenursing.com/candidates/candidacy.asp

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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