Current news on EMT acceptance for EC

  1. Just stole this from another board...... big thanks to the person who posted it!

    * Effective September 3, 2003, individuals relying on EMT
    certification as a means to earn admission to the Excelsior College
    School of Nursing must hold Paramedic level certification. Basic and
    Intermediate EMT certification will no longer meet the School of
    Nursing admission requirement.

    Our current EMT admission requirements will remain in effect through
    September 2, 2003. Under the current EMT admission requirements,
    persons using EMT certification at levels below Paramedic may be
    admitted by submitting a copy of current EMT certification and
    official documentation certifying that a minimum of 1,000 hours of
    post certification experience working in the capacity of an EMT has
    been completed.

    If you are an EMT below the Paramedic level and intend to enroll in
    our School of Nursing under the current policy, you must submit a
    completed Undergraduate Application for Admission with all required
    credentials postmarked no later than September 2, 2003, to be
    evaluated for admission. If you are granted admission to our program,
    you will have until December 31, 2003, to enroll.

    EMT Eligibility
    Before
    September 2, 2003 After
    September 2, 2003
    EMT certification plus 1,000 hours documented post certification EMT
    experience required for admission. Paramedic level certification
    required for admission. Basic and Intermediate level certification
    not eligible for admission.

    ** Check with the Nursing Admission Office
    before submitting your enrollment form
    to be sure you are eligible for direct admission.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   healthyone
    wow...that really sucks for emt's or those that thought they may be able to work towards 1000 hours and get into the school. they just changed to that requirement at the end of last year. that is just barely enough time to put 1000 clinical hours together.

    i wonder what prompted this change and if it has something to do with that the enrollment numbers are too high, % of those failing cpne too high making the school look like a money pit.

    just a thought.
  4. by   StinkyMcStinker
    I don't agree with that since they (EC) don't even test the students in the skills that a Paramedic posseses anyway, ex. IV insertion, EKG recognition, advanced Airway management. In fact, most of the skills and knowledge taught to Paramedics is not taught in nursing schools. Very puzzling.
  5. by   opalmRN
    That is not what I was told on the phone when I called back in November. I was told and the back of the catalog still has the date of 01-Jan-2003. I don't know where this date of September came from but it is not pertaining to the EMT entry.

    I know because I bit the bullet and enrolled in another school that is costing me $$. Believe me if I could have gone EC, I would have. That is why I called EC and had this clarified.

    If you are an EMT and you are considering EC I suggest you get on the phone and call them.

    Good luck
    C
  6. by   CraigB-RN
    It doesn't matter what school you are interested in, you should always check on things. Get as much official information as possible. Thre is always to much well meaning but misinformed information passed of as law on the internet.
  7. by   VaMedic
    They changed the requirement to paramedic only due to the fact that alot of people before the hour requirement would get there EMT (3 mos or less) and enroll right into Excelsior. They told me that they felt they people enrolling did not have enough experience and that with the current enrollment numbers, something had to change.

    RW
  8. by   justrubl
    Originally posted by opalm
    That is not what I was told on the phone when I called back in November. I was told and the back of the catalog still has the date of 01-Jan-2003. I don't know where this date of September came from but it is not pertaining to the EMT entry.

    I know because I bit the bullet and enrolled in another school that is costing me $$. Believe me if I could have gone EC, I would have. That is why I called EC and had this clarified.

    If you are an EMT and you are considering EC I suggest you get on the phone and call them.

    Good luck
    C
    I did call the school and was told that any applications postmarked after 9-2-03 from EMT's would not be accepted but up to that point they would. My husbans barely made it under the deadline but he did make it and can get in but after 9-3 he couldn't have.
  9. by   framps
    I recently applied to Excelsior College and was declined. I was told that EC is not accepting California EMTs without National Registry Certification. This stipulation is NOT posted ANYWHERE on their admission requirements.

    It seems that California is the only state where this is the case. I am furious as I am sure many other CA certified EMTs will be when they are also declined admission.

    I was refused despite;
    CA State Fire Marshal EMT-1 (128 classroom hours)
    1500 hours of clinical experience
    B.S. Exercise Physiology
    Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
    A.S. Fire Technology
    BLS Instructor - American Heart Assoc.

    I would like to hear from other CA EMTs who have applied and either been rejected or accepted.

    My EMT cert is good enough to earn reciprocity in virtually any other state and I simply cannot understand why it's not good enough for EC.

    Now I have 30 days from when EC wrote the letter to appeal. (2weeks ago)

    Any suggestions?

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