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Paramedic-to-ADN Pathway

Are you already working as a licensed paramedic but looking to advance your career in health? The Paramedic-to-ADN Pathway is designed to help licensed paramedics take that next step—an associate degree in nursing (ADN).

Bridge to Nursing

Mid-State makes it easy for paramedics to begin their ADN coursework with a “bridge” of requirements:

  1. Paramedic-to-ADN Theory 1 and Theory 2 – These online courses are now offered at Mid-State 
  2. Paramedic-to-ADN Nursing Skills – Now choose from 8-week and 16-week options
  3. Paramedic-to-ADN Clinical - Nursing Introduction to Clinical Care Management – 8 weeks

Once these bridge requirements are met, you may begin your third-semester Nursing courses. This will be followed by fourth semester courses. All requirements can be met at Mid-State. Upon completion you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN.

Explore the full policy and curriculum details below, and contact a Nursing academic advisor with any questions.

Paramedic-to-ADN Admission Requirements

  • Paramedic degree must come from an accredited college.
  • Paramedic-to-ADN students must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Must hold a valid Wisconsin Paramedic license.
  • Must work as a licensed paramedic for at least one year.
  • Based on the age of credits, applicants may be required to complete a competency evaluation.
  • Prior to entering 10543118 (clinical), students are required to complete a program on-boarding (orientation) session.

Paramedic-to-ADN Curriculum

Step 1: Credits Already Earned by Licensed Paramedics

(Subject to confirmation by credit evaluation process)

General Education Courses*
(Same as traditional ADN student)

28 credits

Advanced Standing for Paramedic License
(Credit for Prior Learning)

9 credits

Step 2: Nursing Bridge Courses

10543125 Paramedic to ADN Theory 1 (8 weeks)
10543130 Paramedic to ADN Theory 2 (8 weeks)
10543151 LPN/Paramedic to ADN Skills (16 weeks) OR 10543158 Compressed Paramedic to ADN Skills (8 weeks)
10543118 Paramedic-to-ADN Clinical - Nursing Introduction to Clinical Care Management
Nursing bridge courses cannot be completed in one semester. Prerequisites apply.

3 credits
3 credits

2 credits
2 credits

Step 3: Core Nursing Clinical Courses

3rd Semester (9 credits)
10543109 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations 1
10543110 Nursing: Mental Health and Community Concepts
10543111 Nursing: Intermediate Clinical Practice
10543112 Nursing Advanced Skills

3 credits 
2 credits 
3 credits 
1 credit

4th Semester (10 credits)
10543113 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations 2
10543114 Nursing: Management and Professional Concepts
10543115 Nursing: Advanced Clinical Practice
10543116 Nursing: Clinical Transition

3 credits 
2 credits 
3 credits 
2 credits

TOTAL Credits to Obtain the Degree 

66* credits

*The 1-credit GPS for Student Success course is a college requirement for graduation, not a nursing program requirement. This course may be waived for students who: are enrolled in a technical diploma program less than 6 credits that is not embedded within an Associate degree program or a program that entail 6 credits or less; have obtained 60 credits with a GPA of 2.0; have obtained an Associate degree or a Baccalaureate degree; or are enrolled in a shared program.

Clinical-Related Requirements

Successful completion of this program requires a clinical experience. Clinical sites have the right to refuse a student’s placement based on inadequate health records, pending charges, or conviction records. Students with a criminal history may not be able to complete clinical courses. Mid-State will make two attempts to place a student in an appropriate clinical experience. If Mid State is unable to place the student after two attempts, the student will be withdrawn from the clinical course and will not be able to advance in the program.

Prior to beginning a clinical experience, students must:

  • Subscribe and submit health work, current CPR to the health work portal.
  • Obtain the required uniform for clinical experiences. (Specifics regarding uniform requirements and ordering will be covered in the program orientation.)
  • Clinical assignments may be in locations outside of the student’s city of residence. The student is responsible for transportation and other personal arrangements.