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RT to BSN Option
Tampa, Florida

Go from RT to RN with Herzing

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • Program length: as few as 32 months
  • Transfer eligible credit from prior school
  • On-campus classes at our Tampa, Florida location + online gen eds
  • Earn dual credit towards an Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program
Waived enrollment fee Classes start January 11th
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Earn a nursing degree and forge a new career path

Nursing represents an excellent choice for respiratory therapists seeking a new career path in healthcare. 

The Herzing University Bridge to BSN program in Tampa, Florida allows you to go from RT to RN-BSN in less than 3 years, utilizing your current skills and experience as a respiratory therapist to earn your degree faster.

  • On-site clinicals & classroom lab simulations
  • Learn from credentialed faculty with real-world patient care experience
  • Small class sizes with excellent access to faculty
  • Comprehensive prep for RN licensure

With Herzing University you’re teaming up with a lifelong partner in learning, dedicated to YOUR career success. Take the first step down an exciting new career path.

Classes Start January 11th

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Curriculum

RT to RN-BSN program classes & curriculum details

The Bridge to BSN program in Tampa uses online & on-campus classes, lab simulations and clinical practice to help respiratory therapists learn the critical nursing skills needed to thrive as a registered nurse.

Upon graduating you will be eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), meet the Florida Board of Nursing requirements and earn your RN license.

Program Credits Months*
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Bridge to BSN - Tampa 120 32
*Average number of months for students to complete program

Required Courses in Nursing

All courses, 59.00 semester credit hours, are required. ^A dosage calculation exam is required for this course. Students unable to pass the exam will be issued a final grade of "F" and will be required to repeat the course in order to satisfy program requirements. Please review the course syllabus for more information.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 33.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours must be upper level (300- to 400-level courses). Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. * 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in General Education Electives (students must take a 300-level course to fulfill this requirement) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements)  3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science (see Nursing Program Support Courses below for course requirements) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science (Psychology is required) * Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 33.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.

Required Support Courses for Nursing

11.00 semester credit hour is required.

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


The following nursing support courses must be completed with a grade of "B" (80%) or better.  Only two attempts are permitted for each course and a student who fails to successfully complete in the maximum attempts is subject to dismissal from the nursing program.


A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the Nursing Program Support Courses, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to the BSN nursing program in a future cycle.

Open Elective

1.00 semester credit hour is required.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

Requirements
Requirements

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.

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Careers

From RT to nursing: walking your new career path

Becoming a registered nurse (RN) offers many different avenues to pursue a career of your choosing. From working in the NICU as a neonatal nurse to working in a leadership role as an administrator or manager, nursing represents a wide variety of responsibilities and specialties.

By earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing and developing your skills with real-life experience, you can discover further opportunities to specialize or advance your career.

Earn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Qualifying students may be eligible to complete up to four graduate-level courses as part of their RT to BSN plan at Herzing University in Tampa, Florida. We offer several specialty tracks in our MSN program:

Find your calling

Earning a BSN provides a foundation for you to choose from many different nursing specialties, including:

FAQ

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.

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.

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.

There are many different nursing specialties to choose from. Depending on your personality, educational background and preferred working environment you can follow your own personalized path in the nursing profession.

Here are a few popular nursing specialties you may consider:

You can take our nursing personality quiz to get a better idea of what you might prefer in your nursing career.

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.

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.

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.

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Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosures

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Orlando is 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.

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Herzing University - Tampa

3632 Queen Palm Dr.
Tampa, Florida 33619
(813) 285-5281

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