Paramedic to RN

Why Choose NPC's Paramedic to RN?

The NPC program provides you with a quality nursing education at a cost far below comparable nursing programs in the state of Arizona. Our holistically-oriented faculty members are careful to provide you with planned experiences and individualized up-to-date evidence-based instruction and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals in this demanding field.
For five of the past seven years, NPC’s Nursing Program graduates have exceeded the national average pass rate for the national nursing licensing examination. First-time pass rates for our graduates consistently score in the 90th percentile, a rate surpassing both Arizona and national averages.

About Our Program

For the student who is currently a certified paramedic and wishes to enter the NPC Nursing Program to acquire the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree and become a Registered Nurse (RN), the prerequisite course requirements are identical to the Multiple Exit CNA to RN pathway, with the exception of the CNA course.

The student should meet with an NPC academic adviser and provide evidence of certification. Decisions regarding acceptance are determined by the Nursing Admission Committee. Additional fees may apply for credit by evaluation. The student is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) when the core nursing courses are successfully completed.

Students must be admitted to the Nursing Program in order to enroll in nursing courses. (Admission information is available in the academic advising and the nursing program areas.)

Completed Paramedic to RN application should be submitted on or before the designated deadline that is noted in the application packet. Late applicants may be accepted on a space-available basis if they meet the admission criteria but not before applicants who submit applications on time.
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to July 1 for admission to the program.

Admission Selection:
Admission criteria will include: Admission Assessment test composite and cumulative scores, prerequisite GPA, and applicant statement. The factors will be weighted by the committee. Significant weight will be given to the Admission Assessment composite percentage and prerequisite GPA. Admission is contingent upon completion of program prerequisites by July 1.

General Education and core requirements must be completed as listed on the curriculum outline in the program admission information packet.
College credits over eight years old may be accepted with appropriate documentation and approval.

Transfer students for second, third or fourth semesters are considered on an individual basis. Criteria include course comparables, GPA, specified examination results, and recommendation from previous program director.

Degree/Certificate Options

Prerequisite Courses Required Before Nursing Program Admission

Before the student will be considered eligible to enter the Nursing Program, completion of the following prerequisites is required. Successful completion with a “C” grade or better for each class and a cumulative GPA of “B”
(3.0 on a 4.0 scale) is recommended.
BIO 181 General Biology I    4 credits
BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I    4 credits
BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II    4 credits
BIO 205 Microbiology    4 credits
CHM 130 Fundamental Chemistry    4 credits
ENL 101 College Composition I    3 credits

Paramedic to RN (AAS) • 65 credits

Must have current state Paramedic certification,
active practice as a paramedic, minimum of one year of experience as a paramedic.

Complete the RN (AAS) General Education Requirements    32 credits
Plus, these Core Requirements    33 credits
NUR 123 Paramedic to Nurse Bridge Course    11 credits
NUR 117 Pharmacology I    2 credits
NUR 118 Pharmacology II    2 credits
NUR 221 Nursing III    8 credits
NUR 222 Nursing IV    8 credits
NUR 219 NCLEX Review Seminar    2 credits

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent until 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for registered nurses is projected to generate 711,900 new jobs over the next eight years, with Arizona RN salaries averaging $71,300 per year and LPN’s averaging $50,760. (SOC 29.1141, 29.2061)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, May 2015.

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Contact Us

Cathy Reed

Executive Secretary to the Dean
White Mountain Campus – Show Low
Ponderosa Center, Room 111

(800) 266-7845, ext. 6136
(928) 532-6790

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.

We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).


    Information on all eligible NPC programs can be found in the Gainful Employment Data Archives.