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Certified Paramedic to Registered Nurse

Belmont College offers the Paramedic Transitional Nursing curriculum in which a Certified Paramedic has the opportunity to enter the second level of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. Following the Paramedic Transitional Nursing term, the Certified Paramedic can pursue an Associate Degree in Nursing and become eligible to take NCLEX-RN.


With the Certified Paramedic to RN degree program, the transitional term allows Certified Paramedics the chance to:


  • Advance your education without repeating work
  • Make the necessary transition to enter the second level of the Associate Degree Nursing program
  • Enter the program whether you earned your certified paramedic training from Belmont College or another school
  • Enter the program on a first-come, first-served basis after all admission requirements have been met


Applicants may be Certified Paramedics from other schools, as well as from Belmont College. Certified Paramedic Transitional Nursing courses are offered every other year (based on sufficient enrollment) during the summer term.


Class size is limited to space available in the second level ADN program.


A complete application file includes the following:

  • Belmont College Application
  • High School Transcript or GED Test Scores Paramedic Transcript (Minimum GPA 2.5/4.0 scale)
  • Placement Test Scores
  • Verification of Paramedic Certification


Due to recent statewide changes in the educational requirements by the Ohio Board of Nursing, Belmont College is revising the curriculum plan for the LPN to RN and Paramedic to RN programs. We still plan to conduct these programs, however applications cannot be taken until the new curriculum has been developed and approved by the Board of Nursing. We hope to have application information for the LPN to RN program available on our website by early February 2018. The next LPN to RN program is anticipated to start mid-year 2018. The next paramedic transitional program is not planned until 2019.

Admission Criteria

The potential candidate must:


  • Provide proof of current licensure/certification as a paramedic. A minimum of one year full-time equivalent work experience is required before entering the transitional program.
  • Meet College entrance criteria. All indicated developmental education must also be completed prior to enrollment in Paramedic Transitional Nursing. Algebra component must be completed.
  • Show evidence of completion of the following courses: BIO2110 Anatomy & Physiology I, BIO2112 Anatomy & Physiology II, BIO2120 Microbiology, ENG1110 Composition I, MAT1110 Allied Health Math, PSY1120 General Psychology, PSY1130 Human Development. Courses must be completed with a C (2.0) minimum grade and a GPA of 2.5 in required prerequisites.
  • Meet the ADN criteria for admission including current health forms (within last twelve months), a current Healthcare Provider CPR card, and background check.
  • Paramedic courses will not be transferred until the transitional summer courses have been successfully completed. Upon acceptance into the Certified Paramedic Transitional program, the certified paramedic will enroll in the summer term. The Paramedic Transitional Nursing course is composed of seven credit hours. The course will be established as 2 credit hours (4 contact hours) of lab skills, 3 credit hours of theory, and 2 credit hours (6 contact hours) of clinical.

Program Outcomes

  1. Determine caring interventions for people to enhance readiness for self-healing, self-discovery, and self-control.
  2. Analyze the effect of various forms of communications on people as they interact in an ever changing environment.
  3. Determine evidence based decision making utilizing specific nursing knowledge, judgment, and skills in the provision of nursing care.
  4. Analyze risk reduction behaviors to maintain safety and structural and functional harmony.
  5. Differentiate appropriate behaviors of people to promote physical psychosocial and spiritual health and well being.
  6. Analyze the specialized knowledge, judgment and skills of nursing to develop a plan of care to meet human needs.
  7. Delineate and maintain appropriate professional boundaries in relationships with people.
  8. Utilize effective management and delegation techniques, in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, to assist people to move towards positive outcomes.