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RT to ASN/BSN
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Go from RT to RN with Herzing University

AccreditationACEN accredited ASN program,1 CCNE accredited BSN program,2 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length16-28 months, depending on degree choice
Transfer creditUp to 52-90 approved credits
FormatOnline general education classes + core on-campus courses; you may also choose our online BSN bridge option with 100% online didactic classwork
PathwaysChoose an ASN or BSN degree pathway (RT to ASN only in Orlando and Tampa)
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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Transition to RN faster with Herzing University

Take full advantage of the experience you’ve gained as a respiratory therapist and transition into a rewarding new career as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Herzing University offers multiple options for current RTs to go back to school and earn a nursing degree: either an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Our curriculums are designed to help current practicing RTs earn their nursing degree faster than a traditional BSN program.

  • Associate degree option. Offered at our Orlando and Tampa campuses only—choose our 16-month Bridge to ASN program for RTs.
  • Bachelor’s degree options. Offered at several campus locations—choose our 28-month Bridge to BSN program for RTs. Or choose our online option.

Either degree is step one in becoming an RN and will position you well to advance your education in the future.

Take the first step down a new career path in healthcare with Herzing University. We are your lifelong partner in learning, dedicated to helping you thrive in your new nursing career.

Classes Start May 8th

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Locations

Campus locations

Our bridge options are available at 7 ground campus locations, each offering extensive student resources and support as you pursue your undergraduate nursing degree. Our BSN bridge option is also available online.

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Job outlook and pay potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurse is expected to increase 6% from 2021-2031, about as fast as the average across all U.S. occupations.*

Registered nurses earn an average salary of $82,750 per year ($39.78 per hour). That would represent a raise for the average respiratory therapist in the US ($66,490 per year, $31.97 per hour).

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

Careers

Going from RT to RN

Transitioning from respiratory therapist to RN involves broadening your knowledge and skills from a highly specialized field to the broader scope of nursing.

As a registered nurse, you’ll be the backbone of day-to-day operations in many healthcare settings. Your duties can include:

  • 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? While a nursing degree curriculum can introduce a wider spectrum of course topics, RNs can specialize in an area of their choosing with enough education and experience. You may be able to use your experience as an RT to help become a respiratory/pulmonary nurse in the future.

Disclosures
Accreditations

Accreditations & Disclosures

1. Associate of Science in Nursing: The Associate of Science in Nursing program and the Associate of Science in Nursing-Bridge to ASN program at the Tampa location has an accredited status with the Florida Board of Nursing (4042 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-3252, 850-245-4125, www.floridasnursing.gov). Consequently, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam upon successful completion of the program. Passing this exam allows graduates to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse.

The Associate of Science in Nursing program at Herzing University located in Orlando, Florida is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate of Science in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm. Herzing University Tampa is included within the scope of this accreditation as an off-campus instructional site.

2. The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at Herzing University Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison, Minneapolis and Orlando are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). This accreditation includes the baccalaureate degree program offered at the satellite Herzing University Tampa location. Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

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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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. 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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