EMT-BASIC to RN?

  1. ]Is this possible? I am an EMT-Basic with close to 100 College hours, obtained at my local university, which includes all the pre-reqs for ADN even BSN, all I need for both are the core classes. I have been an EMT for 4 years now. I am proficient with intubations, IV's, reading heart rhythms, meds, assessment and treatment of patients at the paramedic level, pretty much all of the paramedic end.

    ]Is there any way for me to start any online RN program? I don't want to spend another 9 months in a classroom for the paramedic. Are there any online paramedic or LVN classes I can take?
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    ]I am from Texas. Is being a paramedic required by the state, by the school, or is it just a preference and not a requirement?

    ]Thanks for reading this post any useful information would be greatly appreciated.

    ]P.S.
    ]I am married with 4 children currently working approximately 100-120 hours pre week just to make the bills. Sad I know. I need to get my RN ASAP so I can spend time with my family and be able to comfortably pay all my bills. I can't afford to sit in a classroom!!!
    Last edit by WorkingOnIt on Oct 29, '06 : Reason: additional info required
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Mudwoman
    Effective Sept 3, 2003, Basic and Intermediate EMT certification no longer met the School of Nursing admission requirements at Excelsior. Paramedics qualify.
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    I know of one in Texas. What part of Texas do you live in? Oh wait you are looking for distance learning . This one is class room, if you are still interested let me know...
  5. by   WorkingOnIt
    Yeah I need to be able to do it online
    If there is absolutely no way for me to get into an online RN program with my EMT-Basic, I am willing to finish off either the Paramedic or go LVN, but are there any of those offerred online at your own pace?

    Thanks
  6. by   tgb3rn
    Quote from WorkingOnIt
    Yeah I need to be able to do it online
    If there is absolutely no way for me to get into an online RN program with my EMT-Basic, I am willing to finish off either the Paramedic or go LVN, but are there any of those offerred online at your own pace?

    Thanks

    I do not know of any online work for this. I looked for a LONG time and investigated it ALOT. I ended up just getting a school loan and a going to LPN school. After working at a hospital for a year they decieded to help pay for my RN through Excelsior.
    Good luck.
    Tom
  7. by   firepilot17
    I'm a medic in the excelsior program, and my advice is to get your LPN then RN, not medic then RN. If you get your LPN and get a job, they may help pay for the program. Also if you are an LPN, you can skip to NC3. Good luck! By the way, when I graduated paramedic school, I realize now how green I was. You don't know anything when you graduate medic school. I have 8 years as a medic now on a fire department and I work in an ER as a medic too, and I get reminded everyday how much I don't know. I'm on NC2 now, and although 90% of the information I've seen before, you have to know and understand it as well as apply it, which I never really had to do. Good luck...
  8. by   Medic2RN
    I have been an EMT for 4 years now. I am proficient with intubations, IV's, reading heart rhythms, meds, assessment and treatment of patients at the paramedic level, pretty much all of the paramedic end.
    I'm just curious as to how you get proficient in all the paramedic skills as a Basic?
  9. by   WorkingOnIt
    Down here there are only 2 ppl on the trucks, 1 Paramedic and 1 Basic.
    During a cardiac arrest, the medic needs all the help he can get, for intubation, IV's, Meds, ect. I made sure to learn everything, I wouldnt just want to stand there watching as preciouse time went by letting him/her trying to get everything done. IF I just go by Basic protocols there really isnt much to do except for BVM, and chest compressions
    Last edit by WorkingOnIt on Oct 31, '06
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    Unless the rules have changed in the last couple of months LVN's still have to take NC1 but, they can skip NC2.

    Quote from firepilot17
    I'm a medic in the excelsior program, and my advice is to get your LPN then RN, not medic then RN. If you get your LPN and get a job, they may help pay for the program. Also if you are an LPN, you can skip to NC3. Good luck! By the way, when I graduated paramedic school, I realize now how green I was. You don't know anything when you graduate medic school. I have 8 years as a medic now on a fire department and I work in an ER as a medic too, and I get reminded everyday how much I don't know. I'm on NC2 now, and although 90% of the information I've seen before, you have to know and understand it as well as apply it, which I never really had to do. Good luck...
  11. by   Darlene K.
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    Unless the rules have changed in the last couple of months LVN's still have to take NC1 but, they can skip NC2.

    You are right. As long as you pass NC1 on the first try, you can skip NC2.
  12. by   traumaRUs
    Working on It - I would first advise you to stay in scope of practice. Second - I would just apply for the RN program and go for it. Can your wife work? Do you have family that might help? Student loans - take out enought to live on so that you can get by working part-time. Other options - get a position in a hospital that offers tuition reimbursement.
  13. by   Medic2RN
    I agree with Trauma regarding staying within your scope of practice. It could get you into big trouble!
  14. by   EDTEd
    Try to find a job as a ED Tech in a local hospital. I got one as an EMT. Now working in the ED, this allows me to do a lot of things I could not do otherwise. Like, IVs, foleys, wound preps, etc. Also allows me to assist with other procedures. I was able to work very hard and impress my boss. They then gave me a nurse intern job for one year. Working towards my RN through Excelsior this was perfect. Now I could do a lot more as a nurse intern.
    I am almost done and am very happy how things went.
    Some say look at the military for some type of assistance.
    My hospital because of the RN needs, they pay 5K per year tuiton, books, etc. and will pay upfront as well!

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