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Career Studies Certificateparamedic

RN to Paramedic Bridge


Program Code: 221-146-07

Length: Two semesters

Purpose: This program is designed to address areas of the National Paramedic Curriculum not clearly addressed in RN curricula. Concentration will be placed on advanced airway management, pre-hospital patient assessment, trauma and medical emergency management. Pediatrics, hazardous material incidents, rescue and ambulance operations are also covered. The program will prepare the RN for the National Registry paramedic examination.

Program Goals: At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to demonstrate:
• The ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his role as an entry- level paramedic;
• Technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level paramedic; and
• Personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level paramedic.

Admission Requirements: Prior to the starting program courses, the applicant must:
1. Meet eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Virginia Office of EMS
2. Meet the college’s general admission requirements.
3. Have a current Registered Nurse License
4. Have current EMT or higher EMS certification
5. Be currently “active” as an RN or EMS provider

Accreditation: This program is accredited nationally by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).
Selection Process: To be eligible for admission to the program, interested persons should complete the following:
1. Submit a college admission application.
2. Submit an application to the program (separate document) with required attachments.
3. Submit proof of RN licensure and EMT certification
4. Have transcripts of previous college courses sent to the college.

NOTE: This program is offered biannually until demand dictates otherwise.

Program Requirements:

Physical Requirements: 
An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges. Please refer to the Office of Emergency Medical Services web site for a more detailed functional job description. Pages 14-16.

Academic Requirements: 
Students must make a “C” or better in all program core courses. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” will be placed on programmatic academic probation. That course shall be remediated. Remediated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements:
Selected and supervised student experience is required by the program and will be accomplished at selected, regional health care facilities. The student is responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as to any scheduled field trips. Program preceptors will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for the profession. If the student does not exhibit those documented behaviors required of the EMS professional, the student might be asked to withdraw from the program.

Other Requirements:
Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant or RNP and should include documentation of measles, mumps, Rubella (MMR) and chicken pox exposure or inoculations; documentation of Hepatitis B inoculation; Tuberculosis testing; and overall general health of the applicant. A criminal background check and drug screening is also done to confirm compliance with state regulations. See pages 7-8.

The purchase of items such as uniforms, liability insurance and other accessories is the financial responsibility of the individual student. Students who elect to take support courses recommended by the Program Director prior to formal acceptance into the program will find this activity to be advantageous in subsequent course scheduling.

Program Contact:
Bill Akers Jr., MS, NREMTP, Program Director

Bill.Akers@sw.edu  276-964-7729

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester (Fall)
EMS 193Studies in RN to Paramedic I404
EMS 290Coord. Internship RN to Paramedic Clinical I032
TOTAL436
Second Semester (Fall)
EMS 293Studies in RN to Paramedic II303
EMS 290Coord. Internship RN to Paramedic Clinical II032
TOTAL335

Total Minimum Credits for the Career Studies Certificate in Registered Nurse to Paramedic Bridge 11

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