Paramedic to RN Bridge

Paramedic to RN Bridge

The purpose of the Crowder College Nursing program is to prepare graduates who can demonstrate entry-level competencies as generalist professional nurses and to provide a foundation for continued learning.  The format provides a multiple-entry program where licensed practical nurses or paramedics can enter with advanced standing or students may enter with no previous nursing education. The program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Graduation from the nursing program does not guarantee eligibility to write the licensure exam. Eligibility is determined on an individual basis by the Missouri State Board of Nursing based on the Missouri Nursing Practice Act section 335.066 (1-14) or as recognized by the state in which the graduate desires to license. The nursing faculty strongly believes that the learner must be an active participant in the educational process.

Negative drug screens are a requirement for the nursing program and to be eligible for employment at most healthcare institutions. Criminal backgrounds are looked at on a case-by-case basis in the state of Missouri.

A wide variety of instructional methods are utilized in the process-oriented nursing curriculum. Registered nurses function as an integral part of the healthcare team in many different roles. They are responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care as well as for the supervision of other healthcare workers. Paramedics are given credit for the first semester and first eight weeks of the second-semester nursing classes and may enter the program at Level I. Paramedics must have a valid and active license and must have completed at least Anatomy and Physiology I and II before beginning the nursing program. Students will be enrolled in the Paramedic to RN Role Transition course once accepted into the nursing program.

Becoming a Registered Nurse 

What is a registered Nurse (“RN”)? A Registered Nurse is a professional nurse who is compensated for performing acts requiring substantial specialized education, judgment, and skill. These acts are based on knowledge and application of principles derived from biological, physical, social, and nursing sciences. RNs typically work in a variety of healthcare-related fields, including surgery, intensive care, pediatrics, obstetrics, home health, public health, school nursing, and so on. Nursing activities include teaching health promotion and illness prevention, providing care and counseling to the ill, administering medications and treatments, and the coordination of health care providers and procedures. Students must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN Exam.


Benefits Of Attending Crowder College 

TEAS Nursing Exam

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is a standardized entrance exam for students applying to a nursing or allied health program. The exam tests over four different subject areas:  Reading, Mathematics, English and Language Usage, and Science. TEAS exams will be given at the following campus sites:  Cassville, McDonald County, Nevada, and Neosho.

To find out exam dates and times and to sign up for the TEAS exam please contact the campus at which you would like to test:

Campus SiteContact PersonPhone NumberEmail
Nevada CampusKA’Sandra Leer417-667-0518kasandraleer@crowder.edu
McDonald County CampusJeff Elwood417-226-6000Jeffreyelwood@crowder.edu
Cassville CampusKrystal Morgan417-847-1706Cassville@crowder.edu
Neosho CampusHeather VanLue417-455-5456heathervanlue@crowder.edu

Thank you for your interest in the Crowder College Nursing Program. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our nursing department!