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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


2019 Associate Degree Nursing Paramedic Transitional Nursing Program Application

Admission Criteria

The potential candidate must:


  • Provide proof of current licensure/certification as a paramedic. The licensure/certification must be current and unrestricted as of the first day of class. While it is recommended to maintain the licensure/certification, it is not a requirement to do so after the first day of class.


  • Meet Belmont College’s criteria for admission including admission testing, and any developmental courses as identified by the college’s admission testing.


  • 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 physical exam and immunization for on file (within twelve months prior to the date of application. If a student does not submit the required health and physical information prior to the first day of class, the student will be removed from the program.


  • Current American Heart Association for Health Care Providers. It cannot be the CPR for lay rescuers known as BLS Heartsavers. If a student does not provide proof of a current CPR card prior to the first day of class, the student will be removed from the program.


  • Submit a state Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) and federal (FBI) background check that is less than one year old at time of application.


  • The Paramedic Transitional Nursing course is composed of 7 credit hours. The course will have 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, 2 credit hours Pharmacology and 3 credit hours Ethics (if not already completed).

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.