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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 the 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 
  2. Paramedic-to-ADN Nursing Skills – 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 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

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Possess a paramedic degree from an accredited college
  • Hold a valid Wisconsin Paramedic license
  • Work as a licensed paramedic for at least one year

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: Paramedic 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
Paramedic 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 GPS for Student Success course is required for all Mid-State program students. It is recommended to be completed before obtaining 12 credits. Some students are exempt from this requirement. Please see your program advisor for more information.