Paramedic to RN Bridge Programs in MA or MI

  1. I am currently a paramedic in Massachusetts but may be relocating to Michigan in the future. Either way, I'm thinking that transitioning over to the RN side of the medical field is probably the best way to go for me and I prefer to not mess with any of those online bridge programs. I was wondering if anybody knew of colleges in either state that offer Paramedic to RN bridge programs?
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  3. by   nurseprnRN
    never heard of such a thing, since they aren't really comparable disciplines or on any kind of ladder. but if you have college credits for a&p, math, or other applicable, you may be able to comp them, and if you have a bachelor's in anything, you can get an accelerated bsn or even msn with that. mass general institute for health professions is the place to start, and after that, go to northeastern-- their co-op program gives you lots of time to keep working, and you'll get credit for it.
  4. by   SopranoKris
    What part of Michigan? Lansing Community College has an Advanced Standing to RN program for paramedics. They have one of the best nursing schools in the area and have the most clinical hours out of the programs I researched. They're a points-based admissions program, no waiting list, no exams. This is the program I'm hoping to get into (regular 2 year track) 06-30-11.pdf

    I believe the only caveat would be that your EMT/Paramedic licensure has to be current in Michigan. So, if you're moving, you'll need to get that transferred ASAP. They require 6 months residency in the district to get the in-district rate. At $79 per billing hour, you can't beat it!
  5. by   hopefulRN'17
    Funny that I don't agree with this comment. They are in fact, comparable and there are many Paramedic - RN programs available in the US. Why? because paramedics can use their every day hospital experience as clinical in a lot of these programs. They can also do a lot of things that we can't.. ie: give meds without an order, intubations, etc....
  6. by   WCSU1987
    Heard years ago Mass had a program think in Worcester area
  7. by   Scottishtape
    We have several paramedics in my advanced standing program. We even had a RT. Most of the paramedics do just as well (if not better in certain areas) than the LPNs.

    Its a balance really. The paramedics tend to help us with more of the critical care stuff, since as LPNs, we haven't had that, and we help them with the more "nurse-y" type stuff (care plans, patient care, etc) since they didn't get that.

    Its actually a really smart model, and with us all working together and utilizing the different strengths, it's definitely helping us to succeed.

    ETA: I just noticed this thread is from 2012. Whoops. Hahahaha
  8. by   hopefulRN'17
    Quote from WCSU1987
    Heard years ago Mass had a program think in Worcester area
    Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester has an advanced standing program for paramedics. My husband is applying.