Thanks everyone who contributed to the previous thread on RN to EMT/paramedic pathway.
Does anyone know of any bridge courses offered in the Chicago, IL area?
I used to be a basic EMT-A (the equivalent of an EMT-B now, if I understand the new system) in IL in the late 1980s, but allowed my license to lapse. I hold a valid RN and have med-surg but no ACLS, PALS etc. yet.
Ultimately, I'd like to get a paramedic cert. down the road, but for now, getting an EMT-B and National registry would be a good start. Once I get some ICU or ED experience, then I can shoot for the paramedic license.
Anyone know the fastest way to do this? Obviously since I've been through an EMT course already, and remember it well, my preference would be a quick bridge course. Talked to Creighton, which one of you mentioned, but they are not offering it until March 2007.
Any other ideas? I can travel out of state for a week or two as needed.
Thanks for your help!
there's no need to get your EMT-B. RN's can work in a "Critical care ambulance" on the private sector. You get to work with two "critical care paramedics" in the ambulance. The service provider is here in Chicago and suburbs. You do about 3-5 runs per shift, and most are emergency calls. As far as getting your EMT-B, you can get it in less than one month, for free, if you agree to work for this provider. Let me know if you need more info.
Last edit by medic165 on Oct 21, '06