Paramedic to Associate Degree Nurse Program in High Demand
Faulkner State Community College offers a unique learning program that can give Alabama-licensed paramedics the opportunity to build on their education and training and advance their degree to an ADN: Associate Degree Nurse.
“This is a program that offers paramedics an accelerated means to complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree in nursing that will allow them to go directly into the nursing workforce,” said Jean Graham, Director of Nursing and Allied Health at Faulkner State.
The program gives paramedics credit for coursework taken in their paramedic education, Graham explained. “So instead of having to complete five semesters to obtain an ADN degree, paramedics may complete an ADN in three semesters. There is no other college or university in Baldwin or Mobile County that offers a program of this type. We are very excited to offer this opportunity to paramedics in our community."
The Paramedic to ADN program is similar to Faulkner State's Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ADN program, she said. “In fact, starting fall semester 2017, Faulkner State will offer Concepts for Healthcare Transition Students, a course designed to accelerate both LPNs and paramedics to completion of the ADN. Paramedics and LPNs wishing to complete an ADN will be given credit for past education, so that they may complete the ADN in three semesters. Once these LPNs and paramedics have completed the Healthcare Transition course, they matriculate into courses currently taken by ADN students for the second and third semesters of the transition program.”
The Concepts for Healthcare Transition course is a hybrid class offered online with on-campus labs and clinicals at various facilities. The last two semesters are seated and classes are held at both Fairhope and Bay Minette campuses.
The Paramedic to ADN program was first offered in fall 2015 and has generated much interest, Graham said.
“We have received many requests for information on the program. However, several general education courses are required prior to applying to the program (English Composition I, Intermediate College Algebra or higher level math, Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Speech, and Human Growth & Development), so some interested individuals have had to complete core requirements to be eligible to apply," Graham said.
The instructor for the Paramedic to ADN course is someone who fully understands paramedics, Graham said. “She is a critical care nurse with a paramedic background. In fact, she worked several years with Life Flight, the helicopter currently operated out of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola but previously at USAMC.”
Further requirements for eligibility to apply to the program include a composite ACT score of 18, a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the core academic program courses required, and a valid, unencumbered Alabama paramedic license.
For more information on the program, call 1-800-381-FSCC (3722) or 251-580-2257.