Paramedic to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Become a Nurse

The Paramedic to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) major at Mercy College of Health Sciences provides a path to earn your BSN while recognizing the significant training and experience you received as a certified paramedic. The result is a well-rounded, BSN-prepared nurse entering the workforce in a shorter time, helping to meet the current and projected nursing needs.

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$71,730

Median Wage (2018)1

607.5

Clinical Hours, Starting Semester 1

11

Credits for Your Paramedic Certificate

180

Lab Hours, Starting Semester 1

12%

Projected Job Growth from 2018 - 2028*

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ABOUT OUR PARAMEDIC TO BSN MAJOR

Mercy College's Paramedic to Bachelor of Science in Nursing major is Iowa's first and only academic track designed to offer certified paramedics a path to a bachelor's degree in nursing. Your paramedic education and experiences are recognized through a seamless transfer of 11 paramedic certificate credits. Our hallmark curriculum is intended for you to transition your existing paramedic expertise to your new role as a professional nurse. Mercy College’s BSN major uniquely embeds nursing coursework in semester one curriculum, allowing you to enter your clinical experiences and put classroom theory into practice from day one.

The Paramedic to BSN major will prepare you to assume roles involving management and coordination of care, leadership, education, research, population-focused health, and inter-professional collaboration. With a fall start date and an affordable tuition rate, you'll be on your way toward becoming a nurse.

Accreditation
APPROVED BY THE IOWA BOARD OF NURSING (IBON) 
The baccalaureate degree program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
 
ACCREDITED BY THE COMISSION ON COLLEGIATE NURSING EDUCATION (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Mercy College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Faculty

Faculty in the BSN program are highly motivated and skilled healthcare practitioners comfortable with the latest technology and evidenced-based practices in their specialty areas of healthcare. They average more than 23 years of clinical experience! In addition, our full-time liberal arts and science faculty members are PhD-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matters into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction from experienced educators dedicated to your success.

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Students

The clinical and lab experiences have given me a great introduction to what it’s actually like to be a nurse. Student activities and clubs like Student Senate have rounded out my college experience. Mercy College has shown me all the ways students like me can make a positive impact in the future of our College and our community.

Madison M., BSN Candidate, 2022
Tuition
Paramedics pushing patient into ambulance

STEP ONE: COLLEGE ADMISSION 
To be considered for admission to the Paramedic to Bachelor of Science in Nursing major, you must first be admitted to Mercy College of Health Sciences. Learn more about admission to Mercy College. Complete our FREE online Mercy College application. Early application is encouraged. Once admitted to Mercy College of Health Sciences, you may enroll in Core requirements prior to your admission to any academic major. If you are transferring credits, please visit our transfer page to learn more.

STEP TWO: PROGRAM ADMISSION
To be considered for admission to the Paramedic to BSN major, you must meet the criteria below:

  • Graduate from an accredited Paramedic program (like ours!)
  • Provide a copy of your current Paramedic license to practice

STEP THREE: PROGRESS TOWARDS GRADUATION
Once enrolled in the BSN major, you must achieve a 2.5 GPA (C+) or higher, as calculated from the following courses:

  • NUR 218 - Advanced Placement for Paramedic to BSN
  • BIO 302 - Pathophysiology

Students who do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement may not progress to the fourth BSN semester. Students may be counseled into another program or placed on an intervention plan.

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The following courses are required to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Student must also satisfy all Core requirements. 

NUR 218 - Advanced Placement for Paramedic to BSN (6 cr)
NUR 265 - Medical Surgical Nursing I (5 cr)
NUR 285 - Nursing Pharmacology (1 cr)
NUR 290 - Health Promotion in Nursing Practice (2 cr)
NUR 305 - Medical Surgical Nursing II (4 cr)
NUR 340 - Nursing Concepts in Pediatrics (3 cr)
NUR 345 - Concepts in Gerontology (2 cr)
NUR 375 - Nursing Concepts and Practice of Mental Health (3 cr)
NUR 390 - Medical Surgical Nursing III (4 cr)
NUR 418 - Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 cr)
NUR 405 - Medical Surgical IV (4 cr)
NUR 416 - Information and Financial Management in Nursing (3 cr)
NUR 430 - Concepts of Community Health Nursing (3 cr)
NUR 410 - Nursing Concepts in Obstetrics (3 cr)
NUR 435 - Health Policy Advocacy (1 cr)
NUR 445 - Capstone I (1 cr)
NUR 475 - Capstone II (1 cr)
NUR 450 - Concepts of Nursing Leadership (2 cr)
NUR 460 - Advanced Concepts of Nursing Practice (3 cr)
NUR 465 - Transition to Nursing Practice (4 cr)
 
TOTAL: 57 MAJOR CREDITS FOR BACHELOR'S DEGREE
 

The Paramedic to Bachelor of Science in Nursing major offers start dates in the fall, spring, and summer. View our full academic calendar for exact semester start dates. Pre-requisites and Core requirements may be completed at Mercy College of Health Sciences year-round.

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Outcomes

Annual Licensure Exam Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers Job Placement Rate within One Year of Graduation Program Completion Rates Within 150% of the Expected Timeframe
79.6% 88% N=145 75%

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses.

†Licensure exam pass rate is defined as students who passed the licensure exam on their first attempt during calendar year 2018.
Job placement is based on 2017 graduates.
Program completion rate represents the 2017-2018 academic year.

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