2016-2017 College Catalog

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Paramedic to RN Pathway Sequence - A.A. Degree (Transfer)

A Nursing Area of Study

Application Code 08E

For curriculum information, contact the Health Sciences Division—Room HS-236—443-518-1560.

The Paramedic to RN Pathway Sequence is an opportunity for advanced standing in the associate of arts degree in nursing for paramedics licensed in the state of Maryland who meet specified criteria. Most general education coursework must be completed prior to entry into a transition course. The Nurse Education Program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215, 410-764-5124, and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. Graduates who successfully complete the courses of this program are eligible to be considered by the Maryland Board of Nursing to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurse licensure. By law, the Maryland Board of Nursing may deny admission to sit for licensure for a variety of reasons. These include conviction of a misdemeanor or felony, if the offense bears directly on the fitness of the person to practice nursing.

Prerequisite Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition


BIOL-107Fundamentals of Microbiology


BIOL-203Anatomy and Physiology I


BIOL-204Anatomy and Physiology II


CHEM-103Fundamentals of General Chemistry


PSYC-101General Psychology


PSYC-200Lifespan Development


-MATH-122, MATH-138, or higher core course


Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
NURS-125Paramedic Transition Concepts


Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
NURS-242Concepts of Nursing II


NURS-243Concepts of Nursing III


SOCI-101Introduction to Sociology


SPCH-101Introduction to Human Communication



SPCH-110Interpersonal Communication


Suggested Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
HUMN-101Introduction to the Humanities


NURS-244Concepts of Nursing IV


NURS-245Preparation for Professional Nursing Practice


Total Credit Hours: 61

Anatomy and Physiology prerequisite courses must be completed within five years prior to admission to the first nursing course. If coursework exceeds the five year limit, a student may take an exam(s) to demonstrate competence or repeat the course(s). BIOL-107 and CHEM-103 must be completed within ten years prior to admission to the first nursing course.

NURS-142 and NURS-143 credit for paramedic education and experience may be gained through examination and successful completion of NURS-125. Please contact the office of admissions and advising for information regarding admission requirements.

Graduates of a Paramedic program with current licensure to practice in the state of Maryland will be granted advanced standing and credit for NURS-142 and NURS-143 after successful completion of NURS-125.

A grade of “C” or better is required in nursing, mathematics, and science courses.

Admission requirements also include a minimum overall HCC GPA of 2.0 and successful completion of a nursing entrance exam.

If considering transferring to a four-year institution, check the requirements of the receiving institution.

A graduate should be able to

  1. 1. Promote patient-centered care that meets the patient’s health needs while respecting their culture, preferences and values.
  2. 2. Apply principles of teaching and learning, health promotion and reduction of risk potential to provide health education for patients across the lifespan.
  3. 3. Collaborate with patients and interprofessional team members in acute, long-term and community health care settings to advocate for safe quality care.
  4. 4. Communicate effectively to assess patient’s health status, and to develop and manage the plan of care.
  5. 5. Demonstrate leadership and accountability by utilizing legal, ethical, and professional standards to provide safe, quality nursing care.
  6. 6. Perform nursing interventions based on current standards of practice, policies and procedures to optimize the patient’s health.
  7. 7. Integrate professional knowledge, science and evidence to formulate nursing judgments.
  8. 8. Challenge traditional and existing nursing practices used to solve clinical problems by examining the evidence that underlies current practice.