In the state of South Dakota you can find EMT / Paramedic training programs being offered at colleges as well as technical schools. In order to become a paramedic...
Paramedic to RN
For a paramedic who is looking to become a RN (Registered Nurse) would result in a increase in both medical responsibilities as well as their salary. It’s also not unheard of that a RN can earn twice as much as the paramedic average salary. In order to become a RN is is generally required that the candidates possesses an associate’s degree in nursing including a licensure through the NCLEX-RN exam.
The work experience the candidate gains from their position as a paramedic can prove to be an invaluable experience and will provide a great foundation for registered nursing (RN). Like most Health Care Industry Professions, it’s under a thriving development compared to the bleak economical situations we have in the world today.
There is a lack of nurses across the US and there is a high demand for RN’s allowing paramedics to easily change career paths. Paramedics who looks to transition to RNs can rest assured of plenty of job opportunities.
Paramedic to RN Education
Transitioning from a paramedic to a RN will require additional qualifications – there are two routes a candidate can go:
- The Paramedic to RN Bridge Programs—The paramedic to RN bridge program is the fast track approach to transition from a paramedic to RN . The program’s duration is around 18 to 24 months.
- The conventional way —These are the traditional methods in becoming a RN, One can earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) being offered at most community colleges. Most RN’s takes the option of earning a 2-year associate’s degree before they enter the field of work. If the candidate chooses to earn a 4-year BSN, it will allow the candidate to qualify for supervisory nursing roles and build a great foundation for further qualifications such as a master’s in nursing (MSN) degree.
Paramedic to RN Certification
The paramedic to RN degree program will depend on your career goals and the amount of time you can allocate to school. Any program will be accredited and further prepare you for the NCLEX-RN examination (the national licensing exam for registered nursing candidates) which is equivalent to the NREMT for paramedics and EMTs.
As with the NREMT the NCLEX-RN are used in the majority of states; however there is a minority who has their own licensure requirements.