Hello all, I'm currently an RN working in Chicago with a year of ICU experience but after some recent life experiences am now looking to become a CFD paramedic. Does anyone have any information on the best way to meet this goal? Is there a way for an RN to challenge the EMT-B exam in Illinois and would I need to work as an EMT before applying to a paramedic program? I don't think I could afford the pay cut that would come with working for an ambulance company so I am hoping that my experience as a nurse would qualify me to start in a paramedic program.
Any advise would be appreciated.