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RN to BSN Degree
Online Nursing Program

Go from RN to BSN degree 100% online

  • CCNE accredited*
  • 100% online classes + 45-hour community health project - no traditional clinicals!
  • Block transfer up to 70 semester credit hours
  • Program length: as few as 12 months
  • Earn dual credit towards an MSN degree program
Waived enrollment fee Classes start May 10th
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Earn your BSN degree online in as little as 1 year

Go from an associate degree in nursing (ASN/ADN) to BSN degree and launch your nursing career to the next level.

All in as few as 12 months.

Registered nurses (RNs) who return to school to get their bachelor’s degree can open many doors to a variety of new career opportunities.

Additional RN to BSN degree program highlights:

  • Start fast, earn your degree fast: rolling admissions, 8-week classes
  • Full-time and part-time options available
  • Dedicated nursing support teams and experienced instructors
  • Continuing education activities in each course to use toward license renewal
  • Online pathways to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): earn dual credit towards an MSN in our RN to BSN to MSN track, or consider our online accelerated RN to MSN program to go from ADN to MSN.
Classes Start May 10th

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RN to BSN program classes & curriculum details

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.

Required Courses in Nursing

All NU courses, 26.00 semester credit hours are required.

RN-BSN Program Option: Transfer Credits in Nursing, General Education, and Open Electives

Required General Education Courses

12 semester credit hours is required.

The following course must be completed with a grade of "C" (70%) or better for a student to continue in the nursing program.

Open Electives

There are 12 semester credit hours of open electives which may be transferred in or taken at the University.

Classes are delivered 100% online and no traditional clinicals are required. The only off-line part of the program is a 45-hour project in which you will work with a liaison to address a need in the community near you.

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

Choose your path to advance your nursing career


Go from ADN to BSN online and become a bachelor’s-prepared RN qualified for many unique career opportunities.

  • How long? As few as 12 months
  • 100% online coursework, with a 45-hour community health project + no traditional clinicals
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree that may be required by some employers
  • Become more qualified for different specialty nursing certifications
RN to BSN to MSN

While working towards your BSN you can also earn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

  • Curriculum built to help you earn your BSN and MSN faster
  • How long? As few as 28-32 total months depending on your choice of MSN concentration
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree that may be required by some employers
  • Choose from four MSN concentrations
Accelerated RN to MSN

You may also elect to bridge directly from ADN to MSN (without BSN) in our accelerated RN to MSN program.

  • Curriculum built to accelerate your MSN completion
  • How long? As few as 20-24 months depending on your choice of MSN concentration
  • Ideal for nurses who are not required by their employer to hold a BSN
  • Choose from four MSN concentrations
Herzing Nursing Programs

Enrollment prerequisites

To enroll in Herzing’s RN to BSN online program, prospective students must:

  1. Live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the RN to 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). Students enrolled in Herzing University’s RN to BSN online program must maintain RN licensure throughout the program of study.

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What can I do with a BSN degree?

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing opens doors to pursue career opportunities for which associate-level nurses may not qualify.

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities utilize many different types of nurses to deliver increasingly specialized care. Getting a BSN positions you to pursue more unique specialties of your choosing.

Types of jobs you can get with a BSN

Holding a BSN can help you become a more highly qualified registered nurse (RN), become an indispensable resource in patient care and put you in the running for jobs in management or leadership roles.

Find your calling

Furthering your education provides a stronger foundation to pursue the nursing specialty that’s right for you, including:


Frequently Asked Questions

The difference between RN vs 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.

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 advantages of earning a BSN vs. ADN or going from RN to BSN may 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 2017 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 results from 586 schools of nursing, the study revealed 49% of hospitals and other healthcare facilities require new hires to hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and 86.3% 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.

The Herzing RN to BSN program takes as few as 12 months, or 1 year, to complete. The time you spend in the program depends on your amount of transferrable credit hours.

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

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.


You may think the cheapest or fastest RN to BSN program will be the best fit. Yes, time and money matters—but there’s nothing more important than your career success.

Herzing University exists to empower your professional success and guide you as a lifelong learning partner. Earning a BSN degree with Herzing means developing career-focused skills to not only blossom as an RN with a BSN, but continue following your passion to carve a personalized, fulfilling career path.

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!

BSN stands for Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a baccalaureate undergraduate nursing degree you can earn as a key step to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN), or the next educational pathway for current ADN nurses seeking career advancement.

A BSN is a step up from an associate in nursing (ADN/ASN) and can offer further job opportunities for nurses seeking a particular specialty or are looking ahead to earning a master’s degree in nursing (MSN).


Accreditations & Disclosures

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

Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin. ​

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