TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KTEN) — Paramedics who want to expand their skills and become a registered nurse can turn to Murray State College. MSC was recently ranked as the top school in the country for its paramedic to R.N. program by RegisteredNursing.org.

Brock Mayer, a 2019 graduate of the program, says it helped him further his own career.

"I would say it's the best combination of health care workers that you can find, just because you get both worlds," Mayer said. "From the paramedic perspective for pre-hospital care to the registered nurse perspective, which is more of the long-term goal."

Students trained as a paramedic are able to test out of the first two semesters and complete the remainder of the program before receiving their degree.

Nursing program director DeAnn Priddy says the journey to graduation includes clinicals at area hospitals, which helps nursing students and Texoma health care providers.

"We partner with AllianceHealth in Durant. We partner with Mercy in Ardmore and Ada; a lot of rural facilities," Priddy said. "The reason we partner and push our students to do their clinical rotations there is to improve that access for those employers."

As the program earns its top ranking it the nation, it's also known to provide a flexibility for those with an already busy schedule.

Stephanie Watson, a current nursing student, knows this firsthand.

"I'm able to have a full-time job, a family, and complete all the things that I need to with clinicals and my assignments. So, that's been really great," she said.

Murray State College was ranked first ahead of Albany State University in Georgia and Northland Pioneer College in Arizona.