Ky. college offers expedited nursing program for paramedics

The program would cut the time paramedics need to spend in nursing school in half

By Laura French

COVINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky college is offering a program that would allow paramedics to become nurses in just one year. 

The program at Gateway Community & Technical College is said to be the first of its kind in the tri-state area and was developed in partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, according to WKRC.

Gateway Community & Technical College Associate Dean of Health Professions Michele Simms said the program is designed to address nursing shortages by offering an expedited program that builds on the foundation of knowledge and experience that paramedics already have. 

Typically, paramedics would need to spend two full years in nursing school before they could become nurses. College officials said the program also costs less than a full two-year program. 

The program will begin in September and 24 candidates will be accepted into the first class. Applications for the program are scheduled to open on April 1. 

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