I was not an LPN before RN. My studies were through the traditional RN course, but we joined up with the fast-track LPN's in our senior year. I'm not sure how the school coordinates this now, but the LPN's in our class did very well at that time. It was fast paced, and they had to learn how to do those tedious care plans
(depending on which instructor was grading them
). I would suggest having all of your pre-reqs out of the way so that you can concentrate solely on the nursing.
Baptist does start their clinicals early into the course. The school focuses a majority of the study on clinical experience, which is some of the reason I chose Baptist. We shared some of our clinicals with BSN students from local colleges, and they were impressed with the degree and depth of training that we received in our clinical experiences compared to other programs that were not hospital-based.
Baptist does have a great program, and will give you an excellent start in your new profession. I wish you the best of luck!