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RT to RN Options - BSN or ASN
Orlando, Florida

Bridge from Respiratory Therapist to nursing faster

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • Transfer up to 90 approved credits
  • Program length: 18-32 months
  • Associate and bachelor’s degree options
  • Comprehensive preparation for nursing licensure and practice
  • Earn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
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Classes start September 8th
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Start your new career in nursing - faster.

Take full advantage of your professional experience as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT/RT) and you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree faster with Herzing University in Orlando, Florida.

Our bridge program options are built for licensed respiratory therapists looking to branch into a career as a registered nurse (RN).

Earn your nursing degree and jump into your new career in nursing.

Graduate from our either our ASN or BSN bridge program in Orlando, Florida and you will be fully prepared for the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN), meet the Florida board of nursing requirements and become a registered nurse.

Classes Start September 8th

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Degree Options

Choose your bridge to a degree in nursing

Cardiovascular Technician to ASN Degree Program Orlando Florida


  • Program length: 18 months
  • Credits required: 72 credit hours
  • Degree: Associate of Science in Nursing

Earn your associate degree in nursing and step towards becoming an RN faster.

Cardiovascular Technician to BSN Degree Program Orlando Florida


  • Program length: As few as 32 months
  • Credits required: 120 credit hours
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Work towards a bachelor’s degree in nursing and vault your career to the next level.


The Herzing University Orlando Bridge to BSN and Bridge to ASN program options are concept-based, covering topics such as ethics and law, research and practice, informatics, global health policy, leadership and management. General education courses may be completed online, while core nursing courses must be completed on campus in Orlando, Florida.

Program Credits Months*
Associate of Science in Nursing - Bridge to ASN - Orlando 72 18
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Bridge to BSN - Orlando 120 32
*Average number of months for students to complete program

The curriculum also provides pathways for paramedics, licensed practical nurses (LPN) and cardiovascular technicians (CVT) to bridge to their associate or bachelor's degree. Our program prepares you for real-life experience in patient care, utilizing lab simulations and clinical practice.

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Enrollment requirements

To be considered for admission, 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.


What can I do with a degree in nursing?

To become a registered nurse you will need to first earn your associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing. Earning your bachelor’s degree opens up many doors to pursue the nursing specialties of your choice and qualify for a wide array of potential nursing career paths.

Can I earn an associate’s degree an become an RN? Yes! A bachelor’s degree may qualify you better for leadership roles in nursing in the future, but in the state of Florida, you are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse with an associate’s degree in nursing.

A bachelor’s degree is a stepping stone to earning your Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) and becoming a leader in your field, whether as a family nurse practitioner, nurse educator, nursing administrator or other managerial position in a healthcare institution. Nursing offers you many diverse paths to find the way to the career you’ve always dreamed about.

RT to RN Bridge Program Orlando, Florida

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 $77,460 per year ($37.24 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.

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.

There’s nothing easy about being a nurse. Nurses with a thirst for knowledge, compassion, empathy, self-awareness and a constant focus on lifelong learning are truly exceptional.

Learn more about what makes a good nurse, from the quality of the care you provide to the confident smile you wear every day.

According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses in Florida earn an average salary of $67,610 per year ($32.50 per hour). Pay will depend on your education, years of experience, nursing specialty and healthcare facility where you work. Read more about the how much a registered nurse can make with a BSN.

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 ADN vs. BSN and discover what's best for you.

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 (


Accreditations & Disclosures

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

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Orlando Campus

1865 SR 4360
Winter Park, Florida 32792
 (407) 641-5227

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