army medic to nurse

  1. Hi, well my name is Trey and I've been in the Army 5 years as a combat medic. I get out in December and plan to move back to Tulsa and start my life over there. I have decided to do the LPN route then move on to a 2 year RN degree. I have many certs like EMT-B, PALS, ACLS, CPR, ect which are still current. I know that I need to take a few prereqs before I can apply. I've been looking at Tulsa Tech since I actually went there while I was in High School 6 years ago and liked the campus. I was wondering a few things.

    1) Can I challenge the CNA prereq because of experience?
    2) Do they accept everyone who applies? And if not, with my experience in the health field do you think that there is pretty much no chance they wont accept me?
    3) Is there veteran's preference? I'm in Baghdad now on my second tour
    4) Anyone have any bad things to say about Tulsa Tech?

    I've read previous posts but most were a little out of date. Thanks!
    Last edit by madnessmedic on Mar 5, '08
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  3. by   madnessmedic
    5) Can you apply while complete prereqs
  4. by   Learn2Nurse
    It almost seems to me like there is a waiting list @Tulsa Tech. It seems like it was a pretty long one. I would just start emailing the contact on their website and tell them what your situation is because I think they will let you get in ahead in some cases. Its been a year since I talked to them so I am kind of shady on my memory. Also, can't you get in to a Paramedic to RN Program? Look at Rogers State. They have an excellent program. Good Luck! Contact an advisor by email and ask. The advisors will usually get back to you pretty quick by email.
  5. by   picurn10
    I'm in OKC, but several of the programs here would admit you with lots of extra pts. for your certificates, veteran's experience, and paramedic and you'd go right into the RN program. If you don't have your pre-req's done in my area that just lessens the number of pts you get, and all applicants are ranked by their pts. But I think having your paramedic stuff done, should really help.
    I don't think it's safe to assume you'd be a shoe in for any program, simply because everything is so competitive right now. I have all my pre-req's done, a decent gpa, and close to 200 college credits completed and I'm still keeping my fingers crossed :uhoh21:
  6. by   bobnurse
    EMT-B and paramedic are different, so he would not qualify for the paramedic to RN bridge.

    I was an army medic as well. I was able to take the CNA test without taking the class. THere was a written and practical. THis was 12 years ago, and i havent heard that its changed, so im sure you can still do this.

    Personally, if i was you, i would work for a transport or EMSA as an emt-b versus cna. With your experience and training, you'll most certaintly get a job. THe only downfall is the pay with EMSA, but the patient transport companies pay much more.

    I have heard around the state that both LPN and traditional RN programs have long waits. You could get your paramedic, which will take about the same time as it would to get your LPN, then go the paramedic to RN route (10 months more). You'll have another credential, RN, NREMT-P versus just RN. It will help if you want to stay in Emergency/Critical Care.

    Good Luck Bro and make it back safe.
  7. by   BoopRN
    You might check into Rose State College. I was able to do the LPN-RN bridge (prereqs + 2 semesters) because I was an Air Force medic. They allow LPNs, Paramedics, Air Force medics, Navy medics and certain Army medics (I guess there is more than one kind) to enter the program in semester 3 of 4. I started in August of 07 and I graduate next month.
    Follow the link to read the advisement materials.

    If the link doesn't work then go to Click on students (on the left), the click on health science (in the academics box to the right), then click on degree programs (on the far right), then click on nursing science, then click on program advisement (far right). Then click on Career Ladder: LPN/Paramedic Track.

    Good luck!
    Last edit by BoopRN on Apr 2, '08 : Reason: spelling
  8. by   BoopRN
    In case you don't know... Rose State College is in Midwest City (basically OKC).

    also, I think the waiting list is much shorter for career ladder track students than for beginning track students. I applied in Feb 07, got accepted in April 07, started in Aug 07.
  9. by   elkpark
    OK is one of the few (two) states that allows some military medical personnel to challenge the NCLEX-PN -- you might be able to bypass the CNA step and LPN school entirely. From there, you could pursue RN education (LPN-to-RN) if you chose.

    The following is from the OK BON rules about licensure of LPNs:

    "(B) has completed an equivalent level of training as a military medic. The following levels of training have
    been evaluated and determined to be equivalent training:
    (i) U.S.Army 91WM6 (previously known as 91C)
    (ii) Air Force Medical Service Specialist 4NO51 (previously known as 90250) or 4NO71 (previously known as 90270);" (main website for OK BON)
  10. by   BoopRN
    I think they have changed the rules about Army medics for the state. I also tried to challenge the board as an Air Force medic and I paid the $40 for the equivilancy evaluation. I got a letter back saying that they needed more info about my training. I called and they we rude and about as unhelpful as they could be. I asked what info they needed and they would basically just say "more". They said that my education office on base should know and they didn't know. The instructors at my tech school (which was in another state) didn't know. I asked the board what type of info was submitted in the past that was sufficient and could not get a straight answer. I finally gave up since I was in the LPN-RN bridge anyways.

    Here is what I copied from the BON from a document called Instructions for Practical Nurse Equilivancy today:

    2. Army medics trained in the U.S. Army Practical Nurse Course (91WM6,
    previously known as 91C) are eligible to apply for PN licensure. Because this
    program is an approved practical nursing education program, the equivalency
    evaluation fee of $40.00 will not apply. An official transcript must be submitted
    and all requirements for practical nurse licensure must be met.

    Here is the link if it will work: