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I am currently enlisted as a NREMT paramedic in the Air Force (4N051 Medic). I am wanting to attend Excelsior Nursing school (BSN) since traditional nursing school doesn't work with active duty life. I was wondering if anyone has gone active duty nurse with Excelsior? Excelsior is a great program but it is unique and the military can be picky.


Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

I did, but Excelsior offers the initial bridge only to ASN. You would have to continue for a BSN first before commission. I was active duty Army via Excelsior then a BSN.

Oh my goodness Pixie.RN, we have a lot in common. Yea, I am aware of that which is not a big deal to me. I think it might be better for me anyway. I'm not in a huge hurry as long as I make constant and consistent progress. That makes me feel much better to have some reassurance that the military does accept Excelsior. :) I have heard some not so good stories of people getting out to go to traditional nursing school and then when they try to reenlist they have issues so I'm glad that there's such a great unique program out there that I don't have to actually stop serving to finish my degree.

jeckrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in EMT, ER, Homehealth, OR.

The one thing to think about Excelsior is that the clinics only a weekend long which can be an issues.

I should have plenty of leave built up by then so I can fly in a day or two before so I can hopefully bounce back a little from the jet lag, test, then fly out that evening. The CPNE tests have a waiting list of almost a year so I should have plenty of time to make sure all my ducks are in a row. :)


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