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Paramedic to RN

The Paramedic to RN Pathway Sequence is an opportunity for Paramedics with current Maryland licensure, who meet the criteria below, to bypass the first two semesters of the regular RN program. With the successful completion of the NURS-125: Transition into Nursing III, and the RN program, graduates earn an associate of arts in nursing. Admission to the transitional nursing course in the Paramedic to RN Pathway program will be available in spring, summer, and fall semesters. Please see an academic advisor to determine your semester of eligibility.

Steps to Apply

  1. Meet with an allied health admissions counselor during scheduled walk-in advising hours. You may also sign-up for an information session, if available.
  2. If not already a current HCC student, submit an HCC application for admission
  3. Pass the Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment - the minimum qualifying score on the HESI Clinical Nursing Admission Assessment score is an overall 70%.
  4. Complete the required coursework with appropriate minimum GPA.
  5. Have Prior Credit: Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended: Complete an Official Transcript Evaluation Request Form and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242).
  6. Hold an active, unencumbered National Registered Paramedic License from the National Registry of EMT.
  7. Complete a supplemental application for the Paramedic to RN Pathways program and submit online. The application fee for this program is $25. Applications will be available between September 15 through February 15 each school year, with the February date as the final deadline. 

Paramedic to RN Pathways Supplemental Application is now available 9/15/21-2/15/22 for the summer 2022 admission cycle.

Clinical Requirement

A drug screening and criminal background check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing and allied health clinical course in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting. Students who do not comply with the drug screening and criminal background check are ineligible for placement in clinical agencies and are not able to progress in the clinical program. It is the student’s responsibility to know whether they are eligible for licensure. If a student has a criminal background, it is the students’ responsibility to explore whether the background will prohibit them from being licensed and employed in the health care industry. HCC faculty and staff are not able to provide legal advice. If you have any questions about your background, you may wish to discuss this matter with legal counsel.

*Please note, as of 6/17/2021 ALL students who accept a clinical seat will be required to show proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccine prior to beginning their clinical semester.

Pathway Program Documents

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Additional Information

  • Special Benefits - the Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grant Program provides greater accessibility to specific healthcare education programs at the in-county tuition rates
  • Information for Admitted Students - what you need to know to prepare for your program
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