Quote from medic074
I have a question. What do people think about going to Excelsior for the RN program? I am a paramedic with 17 years of experience in the field of EMS. I am from the state of Missouri. Anyone out there gone this route? Difficult to do while working full time? I work EMS with a 24 on and 48 off schedule. Although lately more 48 on and 24 off. Does Missouri recognize this program?
Any information that anyone would like to share, I would appreciate hearing it. Thanks so much!
It is doable, but it can be much work and like others have said, you must be motivated because there are no real deadlines or assignments. I did it as have many others. One thing to consider is how many prereqs do you need? I did some of my prereqs when I was still on the bus (doing 24/48). I just did some of trades.
The big concern is there are caveats for EC grads in other states. Also, like in Georgia's case, EC might be accepted now in your state, but what about in the future (as in right before you are done) In Georgia we have examples of people who have passed their final test with EC, but GA won't let them work. Lots of talk about that on this forum. Check it out. It could happen to you. Is there any chance that you would ever leave your state? EC isn't accepted everywhere. In any case, it is a lot of work for a degree not recognized everywhere.
My advice is to go the traditional route. I have known many medics who worked 24s and went to brick/mortar programs. You don't have to trade the whole shift, just the part for school. How are people where you are about doing trades.
For the record, I am not down on EC at all. I think it is a great program, particularly for medics. It is just as a medic you will be disappointed by the penny anny BS politics of nursing. One example of that is states that don't like EC. Don't get me started...
These are some of the things that I would consider (and did consider). Hope that helps.