I am thinking of doing flight nursing/paramedic in the future.
I know most flight programs require a bachelors degree for nurses and sometimes paramedics, but will they take a non BSN bachelors degree, like biology or another science?
The reason I am asking is that I have no desire to get my BSN, I have my ADN and would like to go back to to school for a BS in biology or chemistry.
Jan 20, '11
The local flight teams here prefer a BSN or some type of Bachelors degree for their RNs. The hospital based flight teams already expect this since their ICUs want BSNs for magnet status. For the other flight programs there are many, many applicants so it is best to be prepared to be competitive. It also helps for growth within a company since the RNs will usually take additional roles. However, a Bachelors in another science or even business would also be a plus for advancement for research, QA and management.
If you want the Flight RN seat, you will have to get a few years of ICU and ED experience. The average years of experience here is 5 years to start with many having 10 years at time of hire. If you want the Paramedic seat, a degree probably will not be required but you will need preferably 2 - 3 years of 911 EMS experience.
Last edit by TraumaSurfer on Jan 20, '11