Emergency Medical Technology


 

RN Bridge

 

The RN-Bridge Program is offered in the Fall semester only on Tuesday mornings from 9 am- 1 pm and is only one semester long. Students are required to attend 8/24-hr shifts with a fire department. The estimated cost of the course is $1,500.00 (includes tuition and fees, books and uniform). Licensed individuals who are qualified to take the class are Registered Respiratory Therapists, Registered Nurses, Licensed Nurse Practitioners, Physician's Assistants, DO's and Dr's. The requirements for the RN-Bridge to Paramedic are as follows:

 

  • The student must have either an Associates or Bachelor's Degree in their field.
  • The student must have worked as a RN or in their prospective field for at least 36 months in either ICU, CCU or ER.
  • The student must hold a current ACLS card.
  • The student must hold a license to practice in the state of Texas .

 

It is highly recommended that the potential bridge student take an EMT Basic course prior to the Paramedic course. This is due in part to the rules for the National Registry Testing. Any person seeking to take the National Registry Test for Paramedic (the test the Department of State Health and Human Services of Texas uses for Certification and Licensure) must be an EMT Basic. If the students opt not to take the EMT Basic course, the RN Bridge class will go over EMT-B skills in class to help prep for the EMT Basic Test. However, it is the student's responsibility to register for the test and to have it completed by mid term of the semester. No exceptions! Once the student has completed and passed their EMT testing, they will be able to take the National Registry test for Paramedic at the end of the semester.