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Old 09-08-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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Paramedic to RT


does anyone know of a bridge program for paramedic to RT. I love on Florida???


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Old 09-08-2011, 11:21 AM   #2
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depends on your learning. You can do it primarily online these days. There are several programs. A google search will find them.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:28 AM   #3
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do you know any links to these schools have searched and am not finding any I am looking for RT not RN
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:44 AM   #4
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I overlooked that, sorry. I can only find information about RT being specialty information not comparable or covered in the other disciplines. I do NOT believe there is a bridge course for paramedic to respiratory therapist. I believe you would need to pursue a full educational program.
There is more room for advancement and better opportunities for you to bridge to RN I would think. I would love to do it! Good luck I will be following so please post if you find any further information.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:28 AM   #5
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I also don't think that there are any bridge course between paramedic and RN, because both are not related in any respect. You can go to other specialist courses in paramedic only. Doing an RN course would completely divert your career path.
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I also don't think that there are any bridge course between paramedic and RN, because both are not related in any respect. You can go to other specialist courses in paramedic only. Doing an RN course would completely divert your career path.
Excelsior college offers a bridge program for medic to RN. I know of several people that have done the course. It is state dependent as well. It's all online, no clinical time just a three day hands on test. Like any for profit program, do your research.
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:04 AM   #7
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There are no paramedic to RT "bridge programs" because RTs never have felt the need to lower our standards to increase our numbers. Most programs have such a backlog of applicants that they don't need anything like this. Short cuts in health care are not a good thing.
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There are no paramedic to RT "bridge programs" because RTs never have felt the need to lower our standards to increase our numbers. Most programs have such a backlog of applicants that they don't need anything like this. Short cuts in health care are not a good thing.
I respect your commitment to education, but don't you think there's some overlap between the two fields? Shouldn't there be some sort of advanced placement for paramedics? I trained alongside respiratory therapists, and we took many of the same courses for the first year, should I have to repeat those courses again?

Or nursing... It seems silly to me that because I have a BSc, I can do an accelerated BScN in 18 months. But my paramedic training gets me starting week one, day one, doing 4 years.
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I also don't think that there are any bridge course between paramedic and RN, because both are not related in any respect. You can go to other specialist courses in paramedic only. Doing an RN course would completely divert your career path.
There's a crap load of Paramedic to RN courses. Infact, I can think of 4 in just my area of Texas alone.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:37 PM   #10
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There's a crap load of Paramedic to RN courses. Infact, I can think of 4 in just my area of Texas alone.
Agreed, I've seen many in a couple of different states. I know in Arizona the bridge programs allow you to enter nursing school starting at Block 3 I believe it is.
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