Avtech LPN

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    Hi, are there any current,previous or newly accepted AVTECH Practical nursing students here?
    I am hoping to start this January and would like to pick your brain or maybe meet a friend if I get accepted. Thanks in advance.
    Last edit by Kaligirl02 on Nov 22, '11 : Reason: Grammer error.

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    Come on be nice!!! lol, spread the knowledge pleeeeaaassseee:bowingpur
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    I know this is a older post back in 2011, its now 2013 haha. But here is my story...

    I finished my 2 years of nursing prerequisites for the associates program in Kenai, Alaska in 2012. I applied to the local college nursing program but wasn't accepted (they only accept 12 students every year and over 50 applied). That's when I started looking into the LPN program, I applied to AVTEC and was accepted into the August 2012 program right away. I was given a 3 week notice and I had to find a sane roommate in Anchorage to live with, find a job, get all my stuff up here, start school and figure out how I was going to survive the program. It was tough, the first 6 months were 5 days a week 8 hour days which was almost impossible to work! Most of my classmates were on unemployment including myself. The last 4 months (11 months total) where 3 days a week of clinical, which was fun. I graduated in June 2013, applied to the bridge program at UAA and was accepted immediately. UAA accepts up to 12 LPN students for the bridge program and only 5 applied so we all got in. No competition!!! If you have graduated as a LPN within the last 3 years (I think its 3 years, don't quote me on this), you can skip the first 2 semesters of RN school. I only have to complete this fall and spring semesters and I will graduate as a RN May of 2014.

    Benefits of becoming a LPN first:
    1. LPN school is harder. I just survive a 11 month condensed accelerated program from hell. RN school is now a piece of cake! I only have class Mondays and Wednesdays. And once I start clinicals, the Monday class will drop and my schedule will be Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays! OMG! So easy, I actually have time to study!

    2. The experience and higher wage. Because I am working a LPN job throughout nursing school, once I graduate as a RN I will be hired much faster compared to my classmates who have no medical experience, AND at a higher pay (Employers count the number of years of nursing experience into hired wage). I only know this because I've talked to many RNs at my work who used to be a LPN and they told me they were hired onto the job at a higher pay compared to their colleagues who didn't have previous nursing experience.

    3. Better appreciation for the the little people. RNs who worked as a CNA and LPN know what its like to be at that level and have a better appreciation for the whole medical team. :-)
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    Thanks! I already did the LPN program and graduated Nov 2012 and took and passed my boards in Feb. I start a bridge program starting in October. Good luck!
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    You were in the class after me!
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    I know this little old but I'm just curious how you both are doing at working toward your RN. I'm here in Fairbanks and applying but 16 students, I think my chances are minimal. Was thinking about AVTEC but doesn't seem to be accredited. You didn't have any issues getting into UAF after?
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    AVTEC is accredited by the state of Alaska ad is currently going though the steps to become NLN accredited. I believe the LVN program is very good, and teaches you what you need to know to pass the NCLEX. Since graduating Nov '12 I have moved to Texas (military) and I was able to start a bridge program easily with my education (and of course licensure) from AVTEC. Now all I have to graduate and pass the NCLEX-RN ! Oh! 4 girls from my LVN program has already completed the LPN-RN bridge at AVTEC and they just found out yesterday that they are now RN's. It is attainable, just stay focused!!


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