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Bachelor's Degree

RN to BSN Online Program
Bridge to a Bachelor's Degree

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CLASSES START
May 6th

12 Mo.

Program Length

120

Credits

Online

Format

None!

Trad. Clinicals

Bachelor's Degree

RN to BSN Online Program
Bridge to a Bachelor's Degree

RN to BSN Online program highlights

AccreditationCCNE accredited, Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
ClinicalsNo traditional clinicals! - 45-hour community health project
Transfer creditBlock transfer up to 70 semester credit hours
Format100% online classes; full-time and part-time options available
QuickPathsEarn 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
Nurse Who Went from RN to BSN Online in 1 Year Consulting Patients
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RN to BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN Online

The RN to BSN degree program is a 12 month (1 year), 120-credit undergraduate program which prepares you for a career as a BSN-prepared nurse. The degree program provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in public health nursing, nursing informatics, evidence-based practice, and much more.

Go from an associate degree in nursing (ASN/ADN) to BSN degree and launch your nursing career to greater heights.

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Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

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Flexible schedule

We work hard to help you maintain school-life balance, striving to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

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Virtual services

Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services.

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Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

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Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

Classes Start May 6th

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Curriculum

RN to BSN Online 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. The curriculum includes continuing education activities in each course to use toward license renewal.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN Online12120

i. Average number of months for students to complete program. Program availability varies by location.

Required Courses in Nursing

All courses, 26.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Dual Credit Option for Taking Graduate Level Courses

Undergraduate students may take up to 12 graduate credits for the following courses. Undergraduate Course Graduate Course Equivalency NU 305 Professional Role Transition  NU 500 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing  NSG 321 Advanced Leadership and Management  NU 530 Organizational Systems and Behaviors  NSG 324 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing  NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice  NSG 421 Nursing Informatics  NU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice  NSG 423 Policy, Trends, & Ethics in Nursing  HA 610 Health Policy and Management  See Academic Information for full requirements under title Earning Graduate Credits as an Undergraduate Student.

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

Transfer Credits in Nursing Up to 70.00 semester credit hours from nursing core courses and general education courses may be transferred from an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The block transfer credit is dependent upon the number of credits earned from the associate degree or diploma in nursing. Required General Education Courses All courses, 12.00 semester credit hours, are required. EN 304 English Composition II Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 HU 140 Cultural Diversity Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 HU 340 Humanities and Contemporary Popular Culture Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 MA 320 Statistics Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 The following course must be completed with a grade of "C" (70%) or better for a student to continue in the nursing program. MA 320 Statistics Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 Open Electives There are 12.00 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:

SEMESTER 1
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU305 Professional Role TransitionNU345-Health Assessment and Promotion Across the Lifespan
MA 320 StatisticsHU 140 Cultural Diversity
6 CREDITS6 CREDITS
SEMESTER 2
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
6 CREDITS8 CREDITS
SEMESTER 3 or 4
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU425 Nursing InformaticsNU451 Nursing Leadership and Management
EN 304 English Composition IINU476 Nursing Capstone
6 CREDITS6 CREDITS

Start when you're ready

We offer 6 start dates per year in 8-week sessions (no application deadlines!):

SessionStart Date
Next Session (Summer A)5/6/2024
2024 Summer B Session7/8/2024
2024 Fall A Session9/4/2024
2024 Fall B Session10/28/2024
2025 Spring A Session1/6/2025
2025 Spring B Session3/3/2025
Review our full academic calendar.

Requirements

RN to BSN Online program 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 programi
  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.

i. Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District Of Columbia.

Tuition & Cost

RN to BSN Online Program Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the RN to BSN program is $415 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants—including our Nurses Circle of Achievement scholarship, which offers up to 10% tuition reduction.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Choose your path to advance your nursing career

RN to BSN

Go from ADN to BSN to become a bachelor’s-prepared RN with greater career opportunities.

  • How long? As few as 12 months
  • 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
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
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CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Herzing University Madison is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Herzing University is approved to offer programs in an online learning modality through association with the main campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

Herzing University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

View all Herzing University Accreditations and Approvals.

Accreditation & Recognition

Our accredited & recognized online school

We strive to earn rank as one of the top private, nonprofit universities in the United States. Just as you work every day to become the best version of yourself, so do we as a university.

We are proud to have attained institutional and programmatic accreditation in addition to industry recognition for our accomplishments helping students earn a college education and find career success.

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Amie Jabang — Herzing RN to BSN Alumni

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We support your online learning

You can take online classes with confidence. You'll have access to many virtual learning resources and tools to help you earn your BSN online.

Careers

Find your calling as a registered nurse

You can explore many different career opportunities as a BSN-prepared RN.

While earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) can expand your duties to advanced practice across many specialties, you can also pursue different specialty roles with a BSN, including pediatrics, neonatal/NICU, oncology, neuroscience, Operating Room (OR)/surgical, and much more.

With enough experience you may consider advancing to roles in nursing education or nursing leadership. Keep in mind degree requirements may vary, including an MSN or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

We offer degree pathways to help you reach as high as you want to climb in the field of nursing.

Salary and job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to rise 6% from 2022-2032, and their average salary is $89,010 per year ($42.80 per hour).*

Now is a great time to begin earning the education you need to find a great job in healthcare, build a foundation for career growth and make an impact in your community.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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).

The advantages of a BSN can 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 2022 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 responses from nursing schools, the survey revealed 69.8% 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.

Increasingly yes, but it ultimately depends on the institution who issued the degree.

As the popularity of online degrees continues to rapidly trend upward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so has mainstream acceptance of online degree programs.

Attitudes toward online degrees were already becoming more positive before the pandemic forced the issue. According to a 2019 study from Northeastern University, 61 percent of HR leaders say online learning is “of equal or greater quality to more traditional methods.” More than half believe that in the future, most advanced degrees will be online.

Regarding nursing applicants who earned online degrees, there are a few important factors employers consider:

  • The school and degree program’s accreditation. Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and programmatically accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).i
  • If you have earned nursing licensure. Our programs are designed to help you pass any necessary exams and become licensed before getting your first job.
  • The school’s reputation and history of producing excellent employees. Consider our many happy graduates and 50+ years producing more than 40,000 alumni.

For all these reasons employers know what it means when they see “Herzing University” on a resume!

i. Programmatic accreditation varies by program and by campus location. Find details about all Herzing University accreditations and approvals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for registered nurses is $89,010 per year ($42.80 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 6% increase in need for registered nurses from 2022-2032.* RNs are in demand, and earning a BSN can help your resume stand out and give you a better chance of getting the job you really want.

Yes!

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.

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

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!

Disclosures

Disclosures

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. 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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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
RN to BSN Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$415.00
Base Tuition$20,750.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (20 x $415.00 )(-$8,300.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$12,450.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$530.00
Estimated Total Fee*$2,120.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
54
Credits
RequiredTransferNeeded
1209030
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$23,400.00$14,570.00
Estimated Savings*
$8,830.00

Available Scholarships & Loan Options

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@sztafl.net, call (262) 735-6189, or visit http://mfaghu.sztafl.net/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply
  • ASN or BSN: Must have completed the TEAS Assessment Score of 78+ or Kaplan Test Score of 66+.
  • MSN: must have a 3.8+ GPA upon entering the program.
Requirements
  • Applicants in the ASN and BSN, must maintain a 3.0 GPA while enrolled.
  • Applicants in the MSN program must maintain a 3.8 GPA.
Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)

Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

Financial Aid Team
(866) 508-0748
fa@sztafl.net

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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2023 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2023 semester.