Hello, I am a recent Grad of Excelsior College and I have been a Paramedic for 8 years. My thoughts
I really do not consider the Excelsior College Nursing Degree a "Paramedic to RN Program." This is a unique education opportunity that is open to a select group of people from different backgrounds in healthcare which includes but is not limited to Paramedics. This is different from an actual Paramedic to RN program, or atleast the ones that I explored before enrolling in Excelsior.
If I understood you correctly you have not Graduated from your Paramedic program yet and that you are 20 years old. If that is correct then I would first like to commend you for thinking ahead about your job security and financial future. However that would also mean you have not been a Basic or Advanced EMT for very long... Maybe a year or Two, but maybe not even that because most organizations will not Hire you (due to Insurance reasons) until after you are 21. My point is that you probably do not have much street/healthcare experience yet. And with that Lack of experience (I do not mean to be insulting, just Honest) You will probably struggle with the Excelsior Nursing Program
, Because it Lacks the in-depth clinicals that Traditional Nursing Programs
have, and You would be Lacking the Hands on Clinical experience that you would have after a few years of Working as a Paramedic. You may very well be able to do the Book work and Make your way through the Nursing Program, and pass NCLEX, But the hands on experience is extremly important for you to function as a professional Nurse. So my thoughts are that you either need to work as a Paramedic for a few years on a Busy department then look at Excelsior, or look at a Traditional Program to start now.
The perfect example of this is when you graduate from your Paramedic program, and actually have your first day on truck all certified and ready to go, and you have your first 911, all on your own, with your brand spankin new Basic Partner who has never worked on a truck, and everything you learned during your Paramedic program might as well have been taught to you in German cause your so nervouse you cant remember a thing!!!
It happened to every single one of us, it will happen to you, probably more than once. I didnt get comfortable and competent for a very long time. Hands on Real Life experience is incredibly important in healthcare, so don't cheat yourself and your patients out of it.
Other thoughts are that Excelsior probably will and definetly should take you longer than 1 year.
You have to be incredibly Motivated to attend this type of program, I know many other medics that have enrolled and have not even gotten one class done in over a year, because they "can't find the time" Life is very stressfull and it is amazing how easy it is to put school on the back burner, when you dont "have to " attend a class.
I Graduated in February. I am now an RN in an Emergency Departmant. I love my job :heartbeat but every day is difficult. It is difficult because I am New and I lack RN experience, so every day I learn something New, and am constantly reminded of how much I still have to learn. I am extremly LUCKY because the Nurses that I work with have been in This department in This hospital some for their entire (long) careers! These Nurses go above and beyond every day to share their Knowledge and help me develop as a RN. Not every new RN is surrounded by such a wonderfull group of Mentors. I am very very Blessed.
Good luck on what you decide, just please dont side step the hands on experience