Gadsden State Community College
Paramedic to RN Mobility Program (EMP to RN)
The Paramedic to RN Mobility Program is designed to facilitate career mobility for associate degree paramedic who desires to attain a credential as a registered nurse. After completion of all general education courses, students are able to complete the program in three semesters. Successful completion of the program leads to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and entry into multiple practice settings. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX-RN exam for licensure and practice as registered nurses (RNs).
Students are admitted to this program once a year (Spring) at the Wallace Drive Campus.
In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, admission to the Paramedic to RN Mobility program requires:
- AAS Degree in Emergency Medical Services
- Unconditional admission to Gadsden State Community College
- A valid, unencumbered or non-restricted license as a Paramedic in Alabama
- Minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) calculated on the last 24 semester credit hours of completed coursework
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
- Official score on ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) version V
- Completion of prerequisite general education courses with a minimum grade of “C.” See listing under Program of Study.
- One year work experience as a licensed paramedic or equivalent within the last 24 months.
- Submission of application for the Paramedic to RN Mobility option by established deadline
Admission to the Paramedic to RN Mobility Program is competitive, and the number of students admitted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Applicants who meet minimum requirements are rank-ordered for acceptance using a state-approved point system. Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Example of Program Admission Ranking Sheet
The following general education courses must be completed prior to admission to the program:
Area I – Written Composition .........................................3
ENG 101 English Composition I (3SH)
Area II – Humanities and Fine Arts ................................6
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3SH)
(or SPH 107, or 116 Fundamentals of Public Speaking)
Area III – Natural Science or Mathematics ....................15
MTH 116 (or higher level math) (3SH)
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I (4SH)
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II (4SH)
BIO 220 Microbiology (4SH)
Area IV – History, Social and Behavioral Sciences ........6
PSY 200 General Psychology (3SH)
Area V – Professional, Major & Elective Courses .........42
NUR 111 Paramedic to RN Mobility (12SH)
NUR 202 Nursing Through the Lifespan II (6SH)
NUR 203 Nursing Through the Lifespan III (6SH)
NUR 204 Role Transition for the Registered Nurse (4SH)
Plan of Study
NUR 111 – 12 SH*
PSY 210 – 3SH
NUR 202 – 6 SH
Hum Elective – 3 SH
NUR 203 – 6 SH
NUR 204 – 4 SH
* 14 non-traditional nursing credit hours are awarded following successful completion of NUR 111 and a score of 75% or higher on the comprehensive standardized examination in NUR 111.
Note: Courses in bold may be completed prior to admission to nursing or during the nursing sequence.
- Students should seek advisement each semester prior to registration to review their academic record, discuss issues related to admission or progression in nursing, and finalize their upcoming semester’s class schedule.
- Prior to seeing the advisor, be sure you have:
- Completed the admissions process
- Requested high school/college transcripts to be sent to Gadsden State
- Reviewed the class schedule for the upcoming semester and created a class schedule
- Prepared questions you need to ask the advisor
- Download a program of study worksheet
- Questions should be directed to Ms. Pam Mayo, Nursing Advisor (256-549-8257) Helderman Hall, Wallace Drive Campus.
Essential Functions are the fundamental job duties/skills associated with a particular position. The American’s with Disabilities Act requires employers (as well as colleges/universities) to inform students of all performance expectations related to their job/school performance. All students are required to read the essential functions identified for the registered nurse and determine if they are capable of performing those functions with/without reasonable accommodation. Essential Functions Policy
The nursing program and/or its affiliated clinical agencies may identify additional essential functions. The nursing program reserves the right to ament the essential functions as deemed necessary.
The Paramedic to RN program has integrated a comprehensive assessment plan to evaluate student learning throughout the curriculum. Standardized exams (HESI) are given each semester in selected courses as appropriate. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the plan. The acceptable benchmark for satisfactory performance is 850. Students who fail to meet the benchmark are required to remediate the content using a Faculty Guided (individualized) remediation plan. Students are responsible for contacting faculty to develop the remediation plan and projected completion dates. Once all elements of the plan have been completed, documentation must be submitted to Dr. Susan Tucker, Nursing Education Program Director, Room 210, Helderman Hall. Standardized test scores may be used in the calculation of the course grade (maximum of 25%).
During the final semester of nursing, a comprehensive exam is given which covers all program content. Two attempts will be allowed to meet the benchmark (850). If a retest is required for any student, he/she is expected to remediate using a Faculty Guided remediation plan prior to the second testing date. If the benchmark is not met on the second exam, a “live review” is required to meet program requirements for graduation. All costs of the live review are the student’s responsibility.
Students in nursing can anticipate certain necessary expenses. First of all, the tuition rate is the same as that for other Gadsden State students. However, nursing students will incur other expenses which are listed below. The amounts listed are approximations and are subject to change without notice.
Uniforms and small equipment $250.00 Liability Insurance (entire program) $30.00 Books (entire program) and course packets $1600.00 Laboratory supplies $30.00 Nurse’s Pin $80.00 NCLEX-RN (application and testing fees) $335.00 Pictures (graduation) $40.00 Graduation Fee (including gown rental) .$60.00 Drug Screening/Background check $75.00 ELSEVIER fees or other testing systems ($100.00 per Semester) $500.00 Health Insurance (if purchased through school; (fee quote for 2 years) $700.00 E*Value $90.00 Annual Physical and Immunizations ????? Total $3790.00
Core Curriculum Classes
Tuition is $128.00 per credit hour
ENG 101 3 MTH 116 3 BIO 103
BIO 201 4 BIO 202 4 BIO 220 4 PSY 200 3 PSY 210 3 SPH 106 3 Humanities Elective 3 Total Credit Hours: 34
34 hours x 126.00
Core curriculum ( tuition) = costs $4352.00
Nursing Education Classes
Tuition is $128.00 per credit hour (ch)
1st Semester 12 ch $1536.00 2nd Semseter 10 ch $1280.00 Nursing curriculum (tuition) costs $2816.00
Total Program estimated cost:………………………………………………………………= $10,958.00
* costs and tuition are subject to change