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I have a coworker who went through the excelsior program and did just fine. they grabbed an ER job right away in an er.
So i am all enrolled now and going to start with A&P and biology.
They accepted 21 credits from my transcript so I only have to take the sciences and nursing classes and I have my ADN. I can probably pass the AnP test right now but I don't wanna risk it.
I have 60 credits in fire science at the local community college. Essentially worthless so I have to start from the bottom.
I was curious if I could do whatever paramedic to RN, and then attend a real school for ADN to BSN. My medic is strictly vocational but is from an accredited agency for up to 39 college credits (I would have to go to a school and pay for the accreditation). I figured applying for jobs as an online nurse is not desirable but I have no desire to work as at an ADN level. I just wan't to figure out the fastest route for me to BSN.
With the hopes of being in a 5 month fire academy in January, I was unable to start any classes at a physical school and won't be able to for another year or more. I don't want to let that year slide by when I could be getting a move on things.
So far the only thing I have found is this
Which I think is saying you get credit towards clinical hours for having completed paramedic. I have no problem completing every class necessary to get a BSN but if I can save time and money it is obviously better for me...
There are "real schools" that offer paramedic to RN programs. Many colleges offer a significant portion of the core curriculum in an online format. I'm currently enrolled in a paramedic to RN bridge program that requires only one day a week of class and clinical. It lasts 3.5 semesters and is through a "real school." My particular school also offers nearly every core class online or in a hybrid format, meaning you have to go to campus several times per semester but the majority of the work is done online. Also, attending a college or university (even as an online student) makes you eligible for financial aid, student loans, grants, etc.
I understand that you're not ready or able to commit to going to class, but please explore all of your options before you commit to an expensive online self-study program like Excelsior. I live in GA and Excelsior grads are no longer allowed to be licensed in my state. I know several people who did that program and were either grandfathered in and allowed to get their GA license or jumped through a bunch of hoops to complete the program and get licensed. My mother is also a medic and started on the Excelsior program when I was in high school. She never finished, primarily because of the cost and the lack of teaching. Some people just aren't the type that can learn on their own.
Anyway, it's late and I'm nearly brain dead from listening to psych nursing lectures all evening. Good luck to you, whatever you decide.
All of those on this road may want to go check out the discussion on finding a job post-grad on flight web.
It sounds like many people over on flightweb were expecting to be handed jobs when they graduate based off their EMS experience alone. I would feel the same way if I spent 10+ years in EMS and flight taking care of very critical patients but that is not the way hospitals look at things. Regardless of your experience you will still have to be trained and oriented just as much as the 21 year old new grad. You may catch on to things faster but you still will have a huge learning curve.
It's great that you can intubate, cardiovert, etc working with one patient and a licensed partner to help you but what happens when you get pulled to a general med/surg floor when you are directly responsible for the entire care of 6-8 patients with only the help of an unlicensed tech.
Hmmm, perhaps nursing should keep this in mind when they seek to bridge.....
We will just have to agreed to disagree on the matter. We both have our own personal and professional interests at heart and will always be on opposite sides of the fence.
As someone who has been a medic for quite some time, have work in an ER as a part-time gig, and a student in a brick and mortar bridge program,I am still wondering why I need all of this additional education. As an er RN, I will not be diagnosing pt's and basing my treatment plan on that dx. As a nurse, just like a medic, I am taught skills and meds, and treat based on standing orders initially followed up by any doc's orders.