Quote from mtb83201
I am graduating as an LPN in 10 days. I keep asking myself what to do next. My goal is to become an RN/EMT-P. Would it be wise to wait for the paramedic license until after I get my RN? Are there more short-cuts for RN to Paramedic vs LPN to Paramedic?
I've been a medic for 15 years, and am not yet a nurse (but will be in 2-3 years once I start my accelerated BS-->MSN coursework). I'm in Ohio and don't know how things are in Idaho, but have not heard of any LPN-->EMT-P transition programs. There are RN-->EMT-P programs around here.
I would also recommend that you get your RN first, then take the bridge course to EMT-P. Why? Well...depending on your state requirements, the EMT-P program is about 5 quarters long (8-12 hours/week class time + clinicals). NONE of this counts towards your RN coursework. I don't know for sure, but doubt that the RN-->EMT-P bridge course would take as long to complete. If it's job related, your employer might even be willing to pick up part of the tab.
All that being said, if you want to get your EMT-P certification to work in the field, plan on running squad for a year or two after getting your EMT or EMT-P certification to get a firm grasp on the basics of field EMS. It's a WHOLE different world than a well lit/well staffed ER.