R.N. to EMT Equivalency

Eligibility Requirements

R.N.s who would like to become paramedics must become certified as an EMT before going to paramedic school.

R.N.s should submit the following:

  • Resume or CV with specific descriptions of your work experience (clinical areas, job duties, etc.) and formal education.
  • Documentation of any continuing education attended within the past year.
  • A list of current psychomotor skill competencies.
  • A copy of current R.N. license.

This information will determine what the R.N. will need to do in clinical rotations.

  • R.N.s will need to attend classes and lab days as described on the attached schedule. This includes nine classroom days. A tenth day may be required when the required quizzes are not completed during the nine mandatory days.
  • R.N. to EMT students must conform to ALL pre-course requirements including immunizations, drug screen, fingerprinting for DSHS certification, criminal background check, and hospital orientations (as applicable).
  • R.N. to EMT students will need to register for the entire EMT course and clinical course (not refresher).

Clinical Expectations

  • Minor deviations may be authorized to these requirements. The R.N. must submit written rationale to the Assistant Program Director for review and final decision.
  • Adult Emergency Department Experience – If the R.N. has current ED adult experience (worked in the ED within the past year) then the ED rotations are not required. If not, at least one rotation will be required. If the R.N. does not have any ED experience then all three days of ED rotations must be completed.
  • Pediatric Clinical Experience – If the R.N. has current pediatric experience (worked in a pediatric clinical setting within the past year) then that rotation is not required. If not, one clinical rotation will be required at a pediatric clinical site.
  • Labor and Delivery – If the R.N. has current L&D experience (worked in a L&D unit within the past year) then the L&D rotation is not required. If not, one clinical rotation is required.
  • Internship - ALL R.N.s (except flight nurses who do scene response) must do a 24-hour ambulance experience with a minimum of three documented patient transports and at least five documented patient encounters.

Classroom Requirements

  • Minor deviations may be authorized to these requirements. The R.N. must submit written rationale to the Assistant Program Director for review and final decision.
  • Attend the required nine class days. Attend the tenth day (Day 20) when quizzes are not completed within the nine days.
  • R.N. to EMT candidates must pass the written final exam with a 75 percent or higher. They will need to take all quizzes during course attendance but the quizzes are to ascertain their knowledge level on various topics.
  • R.N.s must pass the CPR for Healthcare Providers exam or be currently certified as an AHA CPR instructor.
  • R.N. to EMT candidates must pass ALL the skills psychomotor examinations (only two attempts will be offered for each skill).
  • R.N. to EMT candidates will complete the FEMA IS100b and IS700a online training modules and furnish certificates indicating successful course completion.