My journey from EMT to DNP
Fortunately for me, when I went down this road 10 years ago, Excelsior College accepted the EMT. Now their admission requirements are open to:
Originally Posted by Griffin
" * Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses,
* military service corpsmen,
* individuals who hold degrees in clinically oriented health care fields in which they have had the opportunity to provide direct patient care (e.g., physicians, respiratory therapists, and physician assistants)."
From what I read in your posts, the only option to you is an online program? I noticed Independence University offered an Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy that is available online. I believe they are DETC accredited so credits earned may not transfer to Excelsior College. However, the national certification and subsequent licensure as a Respiratory Therapist should meet the entrance requirements. Check with Excelsior.
Once you begin Excelsior you need to remember they have a 50% failure rate on the clinical skills exam.
Okay, now you finish an ASN from Excelsior and pass the NCLEX RN exam and become licensed. Remember, not all states will license Excelsior College graduates so check with your state!
Now you attend a BSN program or obtain a BS and "bridge courses" to enter an online MSN - Nurse practitioner program. There are a few that offer the program partially online with the ability to obtain clinical rotations in you community. Problem is, if you don't start soon, all nurse practitioner programs will be doctoral level by 2015. That means some schools are already jumping the gun and implementing doctoral NP programs now. Now the Np program becomes a 4 year program post BSN. I am currently enrolled in a MSN to DNP online program and realistically, the time frame is more like 5 to 6 years from BS to DNP with the MSN in the middle. This is not an easy route and it appears this pathway will present more obstacles commencing in 2015.
I will be very interested to see which schools will be able to offer online BSN to DNP programs for the nurse practitioner track. I do not believe it can be done in 4 years! In my humble opinion, only a 4 year full time on campus program could accomplish such a task.
You may consider obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from one of the "Big Three". Make sure you have Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Physics, MIcrobiology, Anatomy, Physiology and other pre-requisites, then apply to a 2 year Physician Assistant program. Although, no PA programs are online, this would be a faster track to becoming a mid level provider.
Best of Luck!
EMT to RN to FNP to DNP