RN to BSN Online Program

Earn your BSN online in as few as 12 months

Advance your nursing career with Herzing University’s RN to BSN program, available online or through Herzing's on-campus program in Orlando, Florida.

  • Program length: as few as 12 months

Our online RN to BSN program is designed to help registered nurses earn their bachelor’s degree to help their hospital achieve “Magnet” status—and further their nursing education to the next level.

What is an RN to BSN program and how does it work?

For nurses who already hold an active RN license, Herzing’s RN to BSN option is a program designed to apply practical nursing challenges in your current role as a registered nurse and bridge you to further opportunities in the field of nursing. Go full-time and you could earn your Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) in a year or less.


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



How long will the RN to BSN program take?

Herzing's RN to BSN program can be completed in as little as 12 months; however, the time you spend in the program depends on your amount of transferrable credit hours.

  • 120 semester credit hours required for graduation
  • 8 required core courses, aligned with AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Education

Dual Credit Opportunity

Herzing RN to BSN students may elect to take up to four (4) graduate courses that will satisfy RN to BSN program requirements. These courses will count toward a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program with Herzing. The Dual Credit option can save you time, money and provide another level of academic rigor.

Students who intend to pursue their MSN degree through Herzing, must have a 3.0 GPA in their Bachelor's program.

Why Herzing

RN to BSN Online Program Curriculum

Herzing's practical approach of partnering education and practice will help you gain and apply advanced nursing skills to move ahead in your nursing career.  

  • CCNE accredited*
  • Block transfer up to 70 semester credit hours
  • 45 hours of experiential learning
  • Embedded e-Portfolio to track your learning activities
  • Continuing education activities embedded in each course apply toward license renewal
  • Course projects that map to Magnet status and clinical ladder programs
  • Rolling admissions in 8-week and 16-week options; start fast, get your degree fast
  • Dedicated nursing support teams and instructors with real experience
  • Transformative education that aligns with current measures of clinical excellence such as the Magnet ® and Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) models
  • Educational excellence based on QSEN® guidelines
  • Dual Credit option to help you save time and money toward an master’s degree

Enjoy the flexibility of completing coursework on your schedule with accessible, caring faculty with strong professional credentials who provide personalized attention.


Your career options as an RN with a BSN

The shortest path from where you are now to where you want to be as a nurse is advancing your education by earning your bachelor’s degree.

Different career paths as a nurse

There are many different types of nurses across a wide spectrum of patient care you may consider after earning a bachelor's degree: pediatric nurse, geriatric nurse, travel nurse, neonatal/ICU nurse, flight nurse, forensic nurse, psychiatric nurse, school nurse, ER nurse and trauma nurse, to name a few. BSN-prepared nurses are needed in many unique environments and there are numerous interesting nursing specialties you may pursue.

How much you can make with a bachelor’s degree in nursing

Registered nurses with a BSN are in a better position to make a higher salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs make an average salary of $75,510 per year ($36.30 per hour). Nurses with a bachelor’s degree will tend to fall on the upper side of that average due to their advanced education and their qualification to help hospitals earn “Magnet” status. Average take-home-pay will vary based on the state of employment and the industry in which you work.

Learn more about how much BSN nurses can make and see a breakdown of average salaries by state.

The outlook for jobs—RNs are in high demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the need for registered nurses will be on the rise; they project a 15% increase in RN jobs from 2016-2026. Despite the overall need across the industry, there are still areas in the country with many nurses competing for limited positions with esteemed institutions. Earning a BSN can be a major determining factor in the hiring process.


There is a course in our degree program referred to as a "Clinical," but it's nothing like a standard ADN program. This 45-hour "Clinical" requirement in our Community course emphasizes your impact in the community:

  • Identify a community need
  • Perform a community-based project
  • Work with a community liaison (not preceptor)
  • Develop a solution to the problem
  • Know that you've had an impact on your community

Project examples from recent Herzing students:

  • Setting up a community garden to provide access to fresh vegetables
  • Brain Trauma Awareness Program for local youth football league
  • Educating children on healthy living
  • Providing free health screenings in poor communities
Online RN to BSN Bridge Program Clinicals


RN to BSN Curriculum

Earn your BSN in as few as 3 full-time semesters (12 months), pending transfer credits.

Designed for practicing licensed RNs, Herzing’s online RN to BSN program offers advanced, immediately relevant training that you can apply in your current role as a registered nurse. Minimum of 120.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation. Block transfer up to 70 semester credit hours. Our career-focused RN to BSN curriculum includes customized learning based on your area of interest or specialty.

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Interested in the on-campus experience? We also offer an RN to BSN bridge program in Orlando, Florida for nearby students who learn best in a live classroom environment.

RN to BSN Online Sample Schedule:

Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU305 Professional Role TransitionNU345-Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan
MA 320 StatisticsHU 140 Cultural Diversity
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 401 National and Global Health and Policy IssuesNU431 Evidence-Based Nursing Research and Practice
HU 340 Humanities and Contemporary Popular CultureNU 474 Community Health Nursing Bridge
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU425 Nursing InformaticsNU451 Nursing Leadership and Management
EN 304 English Composition IINU476 Nursing Capstone



RN-BSN Faculty hold Masters or Doctoral degrees and extensive clinical experience as leaders, educators, and/or researchers in their respective fields.



Our RN-BSN program has experiential learning courses, as required by our accrediting body, CCNE. These experiential learning courses are specially designed for experienced nurses and do not include hands-on patient care, but rather problem solving in the field. For example, in the Community Health course, students identify a program in the community and work with a community liaison to develop a solution.



While enrolled in the Bachelor's program, a student may elect to take up to four graduate courses that will satisfy RN to BSN program requirements. These courses will count toward a Master of Science in Nursing degree program, should the student elect to enroll in the MSN program in the future. Students must have a 3.0 GPA at course registration to qualify to take these courses.


  1. Only 8 required core courses, aligned with CCNE Essentials of Baccalaureate Education.
  2. Students may block transfer in up to 70 semester credit hours.
  3. 45 hours of experiential learning, not the typical undergraduate "clinical".
  4. Embedded e-portfolio to use as documentation of learning activities.
  5. Continuing education activities in each course to use toward license renewal.
  6. Course projects map to Magnet status and clinical ladder programs.
  7. Dual credit option can save time and money toward MSN.



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.



Herzing's RN to BSN program can be completed in as little as 12 months; however, the time you spend in the program depends on your amount of transferrable credit hours.

  • 120 semester credit hours required for graduation
  • 8 required core courses, aligned with CCNE Essentials for Baccalaureate Education



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.



The Institute of Medicine has recommended that by 2020 80% of all nurses should have Bachelor's degrees. Hospitals are mandating that their nurses go back to school or risk losing their jobs. Additionally, to move up the career ladder in nursing, a Bachelor's degree has become necessary. Registered Nurses with an Associate degree can't move into management positions in many facilities.



The difference between RN and 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.


Yes, the RN-BSN program delivered online by Herzing University is accredited. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).



RN to BSN Program Requirements

To enroll in Herzing’s RN-BSN programs, prospective students must:

  1. Live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the RN-BSN program
  2. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they practice. 
  3. Hold an Associate degree or diploma in nursing from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university.

Conditional admission may be available for those that are awaiting the date to take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX).

Maintaining Licensure

Students enrolled in Herzing University’s RN to BSN programs must maintain RN licensure throughout the program of study.

Take the Next Step

If you're ready now, we're ready for you. With rolling admissions in 8-week terms, you can take the next step to advance your nursing career and complete the RN-BSN program at your pace. 


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

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