Thanks to a new agreement between Ozarks Technical Community College and Southwest Baptist University, OTC paramedic graduates will have the opportunity to seamlessly transfer into SBU’s Associate of Science in Nursing program.
“By establishing this pathway with SBU, we give our paramedic graduates the opportunity to build upon the education and experience they already possess,” said Dr. Tracy McGrady, OTC provost. “A bridge program recognizes their prior learning and work experience, which allows them to earn their new degree more quickly.”
Some paramedics decide to pursue careers as registered nurses because the field is broader and offers a wider range of job opportunities. Other paramedics might desire a change of pace, seeking work out of the elements in more-controlled environments like a hospital.
“SBU values the service of paramedics in our community and welcomes the opportunity to serve them as they transition to a new pathway in health care,” said Dr. Brittney Hendrickson, dean of the College of Health Professions. “Through our accredited nursing programs, OTC paramedic graduates are able to pursue their education in nursing and have the opportunity to advance seamlessly up to the master’s level.”
OTC students have the option to earn either a certificate or a degree in the college’s paramedic program. Those who complete the degree receive an Associate of Applied Science and qualify for the paramedic certification exam through the National Registry of EMTs. Graduates also qualify for licensing through the Missouri Department of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
SBU has a long history of serving local communities by preparing nurses who are competent, caring servant leaders. The paramedic-to-RN program is nationally accredited and provides flexibility for working professionals to achieve their educational and career goals.