For paramedics looking to expand the scope of their careers, many find that becoming a registered nurse is an excellent progression. With paramedic to RN bridge programs popping up all over the country, current paramedics can build upon their skills and knowledge with an accelerated curriculum designed specifically for them. Registered nursing offers more money, a wider array of job opportunities, and the option of a more regular work schedule, which can appeal to paramedics looking for a change of pace.

How Does a Paramedic Become an RN?

For a paramedic to become an RN, they must first possess a good deal of experience as a licensed professional paramedic, as many bridge programs require at least one year in order to be eligible for the RN bridge program. Beyond this, a prospective student must meet all the requirements to be accepted into and graduate from a classroom-based or online paramedic to RN bridge program. Upon successful completion of the program, a student will be eligible to take the proper examinations to gain licensure as an RN.

Education and Certifications

The paramedic to RN bridge program is tailor-made to help paramedics gain the education and training they need to transition into a nursing career. They are typically accelerated transitional programs that build upon a paramedic's existing medical knowledge. Students will be introduced to nursing theory, patient care planning, mental health nursing, and more via courses and clinical experiences. Once the program is completed, the student will typically be awarded an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) (or in some cases a BSN) and can then take the NCLEX-RN exam to become certified as a registered nurse. If this exam is passed, an RN license will be granted through the Board of Nursing in the student's state.

Are There Paramedic to RN Bridge Programs Online?

Paramedics interested in becoming RNs as swiftly as possible can opt to take an online paramedic to RN training program via credit-by-examination. This unique fast-track program allows students to get full credit for college courses through standardized exams. For busy working paramedics, the flexibility of this option may be of paramount importance, as students can work at their own pace and access the program anytime, from anywhere. The credits gained from these affordable programs can then be transferred to a variety of accredited colleges nationwide.

Paramedic to RN Bridge Program Requirements

While each school may have its own set of specific requirements, most paramedic to RN bridge programs require the following in order to gain admittance:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Transcripts from all high schools, colleges and universities attended
  • Completion of a variety of prerequisite courses with a grade of B or higher
  • Copy of current, valid and unrestricted state or National Paramedic Registry Certificate
  • Minimum of one year of paramedic work experience within the last 3 years
  • Professional references
  • HESI test results with satisfactory scores
  • Proof of up-to-date immunizations and CPR certification

Paramedic to RN Classes and Courses

Students enrolled in a paramedic to RN bridge program can expect to take a variety of nursing courses designed to expand upon existing healthcare knowledge. Both academic classes and clinical experiences are utilized as part of the curriculum. For example, Texas' Hill College structures its paramedic to RN program into three semesters. Semester 1 introduces the paramedic to registered nursing, semester 2 involves classes on comprehensive nursing care of diverse patients across the lifespan, and semester 3 focuses on applying client assessment and critical thinking skills.

To provide another example on paramedic to RN curriculum, Dyersburg State Community College in Tennessee offers the following courses as part of its program:

  • Transition to Professional Practice
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Women's Health and Childbearing Family
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Professional Practice in Nursing

Length and Cost of Paramedic to RN Bridge Programs

Due to their accelerated status, most paramedic to RN bridge programs can be completed in 12-16 months. For example, Illinois' Parkland College program can be completed in three semesters of 11-14 credit hours per semester, after prerequisite courses have been taken. Many students find that they can complete the program with 1 year of dedicated study.

With only a few semesters of study needed to complete the program from start to finish, paramedic to RN bridge programs tend to be relatively affordable. For those struggling with finances, financial aid and scholarships are available. The estimated total cost of the paramedic to RN bridge program at Southern Union State Community College in Alabama, for example, is roughly $9,073.50, which includes tuition, fees, and course materials. Program fees can and will vary from school to school, so students should inquire about all related expenses from the school of their choice.

Job Outlook for Paramedics Becoming RNs

The employment outlook is extremely favorable for new grad RNs. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 16% growth for the profession through 2024. Students who have gone through the paramedic to RN program have the special advantage of being able to draw on their prior experience in the medical field, particularly in emergency and trauma situations. This may make them more desirable hires for hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare offices, as employers may prefer candidates with prior experience. With the aging population comes a growing need for highly skilled RNs, and those with paramedic experience have the foundation to gain employment in a wide variety of settings.

Potential RN Careers

Once a paramedic completes the bridge program and gains licensure as an RN, they will be poised to hold a variety of rewarding nursing jobs, including (but not limited to):

Keep in mind that some of these specialty nursing careers do require additional certification. RNs can work in hospitals, clinics, medical centers, nursing homes, schools, home health agencies, and other environments. RNs with a paramedic background may be particularly suited for roles that include emergency or trauma care.

Paramedic to RN Salary Comparison

While paramedics and registered nurses both have rewarding careers, RNs come out on top when it comes to salary. As of May 2016, paramedics in the country earn between $21,240 and $56,310 annually, with a median annual wage of $32,670. Once a paramedic completes training to become an RN, however, they can earn between $47,120 and $102,990, with a median annual wage of $68,450. This is why many paramedics looking to expand their careers are choosing to invest in a paramedic to RN bridge program; the increased earning potential makes it a worthwhile endeavor.

List of Paramedic to RN Bridge Programs

Listed below are Paramedic to RN bridge programs from across the country, get more details about each program by visit the school's webpage.

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Alabama

ProgramWebsite
Calhoun Community College
6250 Hwy. 31 North
Tanner, AL
(256) 306-2500
Coastal Alabama Community College (Faulkner State Community College)
1900 US-31
Bay Minette, AL
(251) 580-2200
Southern Union Community College
1701 Lafayette Pkwy
Opelika, AL
(334) 745-6437

Arizona

ProgramWebsite
Glendale Community College
6000 West Olive Avenue
Glendale, AZ
(623) 845-3000
Mesa Community College
1833 West Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ
(480) 461-7000
Northland Pioneer College
1001 W. Deuce of Clubs
Show Low, AZ
(928) 532-6111
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 787-6500

Arkansas

ProgramWebsite
Arakansas State University - Mountain Home
1600 South College St.
Mountain Home, AR
(870) 508-6100
Baptist Health College Little Rock
11900 Colonel Glenn Road
Little Rock, AR
(501) 202-6200
College of the Ouachitas
One College Circle
Malvern, AR
(501) 337-5000
Southeast Arkansas College
1900 Hazel St.
Pine Bluff, AR
(870) 543-5900
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
2801 S University Ave
Little Rock, AR
(501) 569-3000

California

ProgramWebsite
College of the Redwoods
7351 Tompkins Hill Rd
Eureka, CA
(707) 476-4100
Fresno City College
Campus
1101 E. University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741
(559) 244-2604

Florida

ProgramWebsite
Daytona State College
1200 W International Speedway Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL
(386) 506-3000
Eastern Florida State College
1519 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL
(321) 632-1111
Florida Gateway College
149 SE College Place
Lake City, FL
(386) 752-1822
Florida State College - Jacksonville
101 W State St
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 646-2300
Lake Sumter State College
9501 US-441
Leesburg, FL
(352) 787-3747
Orlando Medical Institute
6220 S Orange Blossom Trail #410/420
Orlando, FL
(407) 251-0007
Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL
(561) 967-7222
Polk State College
999 Avenue H N.E.
Winter Haven, FL
(863) 297-1000
Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL
(352) 395-5000
St. Petersberg College
6605 5th Ave N
St. Petersberge, FL
(727) 341-4772
State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota
5840 26th St W
Bradenton, FL
(941) 752-5000
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL
(850) 201-6200
Valencia College
1800 S Kirkman Rd
Orlando, FL
(407) 299-5000

Georgia

ProgramWebsite
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA
(800) 733-3653
Albany State University
2400 Gillionville Rd
Albany, GA
(229) 317-6000
Athens Technical College
800 US Hwy 29 North
Athens, GA
(706) 355-5000
Georgia Highlands College
415 E. Third Ave
Rome, GA
(706) 295-6321
Gwinnett Technical College
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA
(770) 962-7580

Illinois

ProgramWebsite
Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Ave
Champaign, IL
(217) 351-2200

Indiana

ProgramWebsite
Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis
50 W Fall Creek Pkwy N Dr
Indianapolis, IN
(888) 489-5463
Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute
8000 Education Dr
Terre Haute, IN
(812) 299-1121

Kansas

ProgramWebsite
Coffeyville Community College
400 W 11th St
Coffeyville, KS
(620) 251-7700
Hutchinson Community College
1300 North Plum
Hutchinson, KS
(620) 665-3500
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS
(913) 334-1100
MidAmerica Nazarene University
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS
(913) 782-3750
Pratt Community College
348 NE SR 61
Pratt, KS
(620) 672-5641

Kentucky

ProgramWebsite
Morehead State University - Morehead Campus
150 University Blvd.
Morehead, KY
(800) 585-6781
Morehead State University - Mt. Sterling Campus
3400 Indian Mound Dr.
Mt. Sterling, KY
(859) 499-0780

Maryland

ProgramWebsite
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD
(410) 777-2222
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD
(410) 777-2222
Chesapeake College
1000 College Cir
Wye Mills, MD
(410) 822-5400
Community College of Baltimore County
800 S Rolling Rd
Catonsville, MD
(443) 840-2222
Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Dr
Hagerstown, MD
(240) 500-2000
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD
(443) 518-1000
Prince George's Community College
301 Largo Rd
Largo, MD
(301) 546-7422

Massachusetts

ProgramWebsite
Quinsigamond Community College
670 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA
(508) 853-2300

Michigan

ProgramWebsite
Delta Community College
1961 Delta Road
University Center, MI
(989) 686-9000
Lansing Community College
309 N Washington Square
Lansing, MI
(517) 483-1957
Southwestern Michigan College
58900 Cherry Grove Rd
Dowagiac, MI
(800) 456-8675

Mississippi

ProgramWebsite
Hinds Community College
1750 Chadwick Drive
Jackson, MS
(601) 857-5261

Missouri

ProgramWebsite
Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, MO
(573) 431-4593
SEH College of Nursing & Health Sciences
2001 William St
Cape Girardeau, MO
(573) 334-6825
Southwest Baptist University - Salem
501 S Grand St
Salem, MO
(573) 729-7071

Montana

ProgramWebsite
Miles Community College
2715 Dickinson St
Miles City, MT
(406) 874-6100

North Carolina

ProgramWebsite
Southwestern Community College
447 College Drive
Sylva, NC
(828) 339-4000

North Dakota

ProgramWebsite
Bismarck State College
500 E Front Ave
Bismarck, ND
(701) 224-2468
Dakota College at Bottineau
105 Simrall Blvd
Bottineau, ND
(701) 228-5433
Lake Region State College
1801 College Drive N
Devil's Lake, ND
(701) 662-1600
Williston State College
1410 University Ave
Williston, ND
(701) 774-4290

Ohio

ProgramWebsite
Belmont College
68094 Hammond Rd
St Clairsville, OH
(740) 695-9500
Clark State Community College
3775 Pentagon Blvd
Dayton, OH
(937) 429-8819
Kent State University at Ashtabula
3300 Lake Rd W
Ashtabula, OH
(440) 964-3322
Lorain County Community College
1005 N Abbe Rd
Elyria, OH
(800) 995-5222
Stark State College
6200 Frank Ave. NW
North Canton, OH
(330) 494-6170

Oklahoma

ProgramWebsite
Connors State College - Three Rivers Port Campus
2501 N. 41st Street East
Muskogee, OK
(918) 684-5436
Eastern Oklahoma State College
1301 West Main
Wilburton, OK
(918) 465-2361
Murray State College
1 Murray Campus Dr
Tishomingo, OK
(580) 371-2371
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
200 I Street NE
Miami, OK
(888) 464-6636
Oklahoma City Community College
7777 South May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 682-1611
Rogers State University
1701 W Will Rogers Blvd
Claremore, OK
(918) 343-7777
Rose State College
6420 S.E. 15th Street
Midwest City, OK
(405) 733-7673
Tulsa Community College Metro Campus
909 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
(918) 595-7000
Tulsa Community College Owasso Campus
3727 E Apache St
Tulsa, OK
(918) 595-7000

Pennsylvania

ProgramWebsite
Delaware County Community College
901 S. Media Line Rd
Media, PA
(610) 359-5000

Tennessee

ProgramWebsite
Chattanooga State Community College
4501 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN
(423) 697-4400
Dyersburg State Community College
1510 Lake Rd
Dyersburg, TN
(731) 286-3200
Pellissippi State Community College
10915 Hardin Valley Rd
Knoxville, TN
(865) 694-6400

Texas

ProgramWebsite
Central Texas College
6200 W Central Texas Expy
Killeen, TX
(254) 526-7161
Collin College
2200 W University Dr
McKinney, TX
(972) 548-6790
El Paso Community College
100 West Rio Grande Ave.
El Paso, TX
(915) 831-3722
Hill College - Cleburne
2112 Mayfield Pkwy
Cleburne, TX
(817) 760-5500
Hill College - Hillsboro
112 Lamar Dr
Hillsboro, TX
(254) 659-7500
Lone Star College - Kingwood
20000 Kingwood Dr
Kingwood, TX
(281) 312-1600
Lone Star College - Montgomery
3200 College Park Dr
Conroe, TX
(936) 273-7000
Lone Star College - North Harris
2700 W W Thorne Dr
Houston, TX
(281) 618-5400
San Jacinto College
4620 Fairmont Pkwy.
Pasadena, TX
(281) 991-2659
South Texas College Nursing & Allied Health Campus
1101 E Vermont Ave
McAllen, TX
(956) 872-3100
Tarrant County College
1500 Houston St
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 515-8223
Trinity Valley Community College
100 Cardinal Dr
Athens, TX
(903) 675-6200
Tyler Junior College
1327 S Baxter Ave
Tyler, TX
(800) 687-5680

Virginia

ProgramWebsite
John Tyler Community College
13101 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Chester, VA
(804) 796-4000

Wisconsin

ProgramWebsite
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound Drive
Appleton, WI
(800) 735-3882
Madison Area Technical College
1701 Wright Street
Madison, WI
(608) 246-6100
Mid-State Technical College
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
(715) 422-5300
Northcentral Technical College
1000 W. Campus Drive
Wausau, WI
(715) 675-3331
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
2740 West Mason St,
Green Bay, WI
(920) 498-5444
Waukesha County Technical College
327 E Broadway
Waukesha, WI
(262) 695-6500

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