PARAMEDIC to REGISTERED NURSE (RN) 
Fast Track Option

The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Associate Degree Nursing Program offers a fast-track option for qualified licensed paramedics to complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing in a compressed format.  The nursing faculty recognizes the prior learning experiences of licensed paramedics and has designed a program that allows qualified paramedics to acquire advanced standing credit for a portion of the nursing courses and to complete the remainder of the program while remaining employed.

Eligibility

Paramedics must meet the following requirements for admission to the Fast Track Option:

Current national licensure as a paramedic
Completed all of the required general education, laboratory science, and support courses with a grade of "C" or better
Submit a copy of ACT scores
Submit a copy of an high school transcript or evidence of high school equivalency
Completed the requirements for advanced standing in NURS 1119 Introduction to Nursing and NURS 2134 Physical and Mental Health of the Childbearing Family
Remove all academic deficiencies as per the policy of the NEO Associate Degree Nursing Program
Complete admission requirements for NEO College
Complete NURS 1123 Expanded Transitions, with a grade of "C" or better

Advanced Standing Credit

Paramedics must receive advanced standing credit for NURS 1119 Introduction to Nursing and NURS 2134 Physical and Mental Health of the Childbearing Family in order to progress through the Fast Track option. Paramedics may receive advanced standing credit by achieving the required level on the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Fundamentals of Nursing examination and the Maternal-Child Nursing. 

ATI examinations are administered by the NEO Fast Track Coordinator at the NEO-Grove Higher Education Center.  Students who do not achieve the required scores on the ATI examination may choose to apply to the NEO Nursing Program on the Miami campus.

Admission

A student must make formal application to the Fast Track Nursing Program at the NEO-Grove Higher Education Center.  Paramedics should contact the Fast Track Coordinator for an application to the Fast Track program and application deadline information.  Paramedics interested in the Fast Track program may contact the coordinator at (918) 787-5475 or e-mail vickie.garner@neo.edu.  

Entrance Conditions

Upon admission to the Fast Track programs, students will be required to submit evidence of certain immunizations, a physical examination, and CPR certification.  Students will receive instructions about these requirements upon admission to the program.  Students will also be required to purchase liability insurance through the NEO Office of Nursing.  Students will be required to undergo criminal background checks.  Students may also be required to have a drug test in accordance with departmental policies and clinical facility requirements.

Criminal Background Checks

Upon admission to the Nursing Program, students are required to undergo criminal background and sexual offender checks for Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and any other state in which the student resided since the age of 18 and for all name changes.   Federal background checks with fingerprinting are required.  Costs for the checks and requests for additional information will be the responsibility of the student.  A clinical facility may refuse any student from participating in clinical experiences.  If a student is unable to meet clinical requirements, it will result in the student being unable to pass the course and policies for dismissal may apply.  Clinical facilities may require students to submit to random drug testing or upon reasonable suspicion of use/abuse.  The cost of drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.  Contact the Office of Nursing at (918) 540-6316 for more information about criminal background checks.
 
Licensure Criteria from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing
 
The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.  Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses.  Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing.  In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status.  Applicants for practical nurse licensure must also hold a high school diploma or graduate equivalency degree (G.E.D.)  [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6].  To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to reside in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621).  In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens.  Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year.  Applicants who are qualified aliens must present in person, valid documentary evidence of:
A valid, unexpired immigrant or non-immigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
Admission into the United States in refugee status;
A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
Approved deferred action status; or
A pending application for adjustment of status of legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.
The Board has the right to deny a license to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on another health-related license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8].  These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony charges.  An individual with a felony conviction cannot apply for licensure for at least five years after completion of all sentencing terms, including probation and suspended sentences, unless a presidential or gubernatorial pardon is received [59 O.S. §567.5 & 567.6]. (per the Information for Bulletins and Catalogs of Nursing Education Programs).
 
Oklahoma Board of Nursing contact information:
 
Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 Classen Boulevard, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK  73106-5437
(405) 962-1800 
www.state.ok.us/nursing