Paramedic to RN Bridge Program, Associate of Science

The Paramedic to ADN Advanced Placement Option offers a unique opportunity for qualified licensed paramedics to enter the Nursing Program with advanced standing once admission and general education requirements have been met.

An eight-credit Paramedic to ADN Transition course is offered to qualified paramedics.  A paramedic who earns a grade of C or higher in this course and completes the General Education and Prerequisite courses is able to enter the CCBC Associate Degree Nursing - Registered Nursing Program in the second year and receives academic credit for prior learning (see courses listed above.)

Program objectives

Students who progress from Paramedic to RN will meet the Program Outcomes for the Registered Nursing Program.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 70*

Semester Sequence

Mathematics and ENGL 101 must be completed during the student's first 24 credit hours of enrollment. Students with no previous college coursework should take ACDV 101 during their first semester at CCBC.*

Important Information

Short Description

The Paramedic to ADN Advanced Placement Option offers a unique opportunity for qualified licensed paramedics to enter the Nursing Program with advanced standing once admission and general education requirements have been met.

Type of Credential

Paramedic Transition Course
Advanced Placement Option
Associate of Science (A.S.)

Program Code

S 200

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Directors:

Nursing Program Administrator/Dean
CCBC Essex, Dr. Shawn P. McNamara
443-840-1360 or smcnamara2@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Catonsville
Elizabeth Webster
443-840-4447 or ewebster@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Essex
Dr. Mary Kay DeMarco
443-840-1433 or mdemarco@ccbcmd.edu

Program Director - Dundalk
Cheryl J. McNamara
443-840-3360 or cmcnamara@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

  • Registered Nursing offered at Catonsville and Essex. Practical Nursing certificate offered only at Dundalk. Paramedic to RN transition course offered only at Catonsville. LPN to RN transition course offered only at Dundalk; successful students then transfer to either Catonsville or Essex.
  • Health Workforce Shortage Program
  • Selective Admission Program
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - Several General Education classes offer PLA. See Portfolio, Departmental Exam, CLEP, DSST, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate. General education classes are required for associate degrees but not for certificates.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements

Courses Needed for This Program*

Prerequisites - 22 Credits

Several Prerequisite courses also fulfill General Education requirements. All courses must be completed with a C or better.

General Education Requirements and Electives - 12 Credits

General Education Requirements:

Several Prerequisite courses also fulfill General Education requirements. All courses must be completed with a C or better.

General Education Electives:

Choose a course in this category from the list of approved General Education Courses. Students must complete all courses with a C or better.

  • Arts and Humanities (PHIL 240 recommended) 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 36 Credits

Program Requirements:

All courses must be completed with a C or better.

Notes

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**BIOL 110 is a General Education course and is a pre-requisite for BIOL 220 and BIOL 230. The option to challenge or receive a waiver for BIOL 110 can be requested through the Biology Department. (Different programs within the School of Health Professions have different Biology requirements; these are noted in each specific program of study.)

Students planning to enter the nursing program should address this alternative with an academic advisor, care manager or counselor.

***NURN 219 Covers First Year Courses, listed below. Those 15 credits will be counted toward the 36 credits of Program Requirements.

NURN 129 - Professional Nursing Role 1 Credit(s).

NURN 153 - Fundamentals of Nursing Concepts 6 Credit(s).

NURN 155 - Nursing Health Assessment and Promotion 2 Credit(s).

NURN 160 - Nursing Concepts I 6 Credit(s).

School of Health Professions Policies

Students in the School of Health Professions are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code; exhibit professional behavior; communicate effectively in English; provide proof of health insurance, immunizations, and a tuberculosis (TB) test; and submit to a criminal background check and drug testing. Students are expected to pay the costs associated with these requirements.

Admission

Applications for all School of Health Professions programs, except Dental Hygiene and Physician Assistant, are processed in a Central Application Service called CCBC CAS. The link to the CAS and the application instructions are located in the program admissions packet at the School of Health Professions website. You will need a CCBC student ID number and a CCBC student account password to complete the application. If you have questions about the CCBC CAS process, contact the School of Health Professions Admissions Office at (443) 840-1989 or read the FAQ selections at the bottom of each page inside the CAS application.

 

Admission Criteria - Paramedic to ADN Additional Admission Requirements

  • Current Maryland State certification as a Paramedic and National Board of Registry certification (NREMT).
  • Documentation of two full years of employment as a paramedic or approximately 2400 volunteer hours.
  • Applicants must be graduates of a program accredited by either CCAHEP or the Maryland EMS Board. 
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Other

Program Competencies

Students who progress from Paramedic to RN will meet the Program Competencies for the Registered Nursing Program.