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Welcome to ParamedicToRn.org. Our site provides access to accredited degree programs to help paramedics transition into the nursing profession. Learn more about your options by clicking on the questions below. You can also follower our blogger, Kathy Quan, for an insider’s perspective on life as an RN!
- How do I transition from an paramedic to an RN?
- What are other nursing bridge program options I could pursue?
- Why should I become an RN?
- What are some other great online resources for paramedics or RNs?
How do I transition from a paramedic to an RN?
Professional training and scope of practice are the major differences between paramedics and registered nurses. Some paramedics choose to advance their certification by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) since an RN license typically requires a degree. Becoming an RN can boost your income and employment opportunities as well as provide the chance to specialize or move into supervisory positions. More importantly, an MSN will require a bachelor’s degree for enrollment, adding one more advantage a BSN has over an ADN. Learn more about your options by checking out the BSN and BSN bridge programs listed below:
Achieve Test Prep
Achieve Test Prep’s convenient, instructor led test-out program allows you to learn at an accelerated pace and earn college credit-by-examination that are eligible for transferring to an ACEN accredited nursing school like Excelsior College or 100’s of universities nationwide. The paramedic to RN program accommodates the busy and untraditional schedules of Paramedic and Fire Service professionals.
At Kaplan University, nurses have a variety of program options that have been designed to meet their needs. Whether you are transitioning from an RN to BSN, RN to MSN, or seek specialized master’s programs in nurse administration and education, Kaplan has a program for you.
What are other nursing bridge program options I could pursue?
Nursing bridge programs provide the training you need to become an registered nurse or to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Bridge programs are designed to build on the knowledge and competencies already obtained through previous education and work experience.
The programs listed below offer fast-track options for healthcare professionals who want to become credentialed RNs:
|Type of Program||Program Description||Application Prerequisites|
|Paramedic to RN Bridge||For certified paramedics who wish to transition to the role of Registered Nurse (RN)||Prerequisite courses and paramedic registration (state and national)|
|LPN/LVN to RN Bridge||For licensed practical nurses (LPN) or licensed vocational nurses (LVN) who wish to transition to the role of registered nurse (RN)||LPN or LVN experience and current LPN/LVN license|
|RN to BSN Bridge||For registered nurses with only a diploma or an associate’s degree who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree||Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN or ASN) or diploma in nursing from an accredited school and registered nurse licensure|
|RN to MSN Bridge||For registered nurses with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree who wish to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree||Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN or ASN) or diploma in nursing from an accredited school and registered nurse licensure|
Why should I become an RN?
The benefits of becoming an RN are clear. Registered nurses can earn nearly twice the salary of a paramedic with more opportunity for professional growth and the option to specialize in a particular area, such as geriatrics, prenatal, or psychiatric. What’s more, the healthcare industry continues to add jobs regardless of the economy’s state, ensuring a strong job outlook for registered nurses. Just check out the chart below from The Bureau of Labor Statistics:
In addition to competitive salaries, registered nurses also enjoy many other benefits such as employer incentives, flexible work schedules, and professional development opportunities. With employment of RNs projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022 (faster than the average for all occupations), it’s a great time to become a registered nurse.
What are some other great online resources for paramedics or RNs?
There are many online resources available to help you make an informed decision about your academic and career choices. We listed some of our own resources to better support your search in addition to a few trusted sites with useful information about paramedics, the nursing profession as well as industry statistics and data.
- The Ultimate Guide to a Career as an RN: This comprehensive guide a wealth of useful information about the journey to becoming an RN and what to expect on the job.
- Occupational Employment Statistics – The Bureau of Labor Statistics: The BLS does an excellent job of collecting occupational employment statistics for healthcare professional, including nurses, offering industry and geographic profiles as well as mean wage estimates.
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN): The (NCSBN) is an independent, not-for-profit organization comprised of the nurse licensing boards of all the 50 states and the territories and provides free training resources on their website for those preparing to take the NCLEX.
- Summary Report for Registered Nurses: O*Net is online resource center that provides a comprehensive job summaries for a variety of occupations, including registered nurses and many other healthcare professions.
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