Kaplan University

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    Hello!

    I am new to this website. I first want to say Thank You to all of those that have posted on here. There is so much great advice and information.

    I am 37 years young(!) and am looking into to go back to school to become an RN. I spoke to an admissions advisor there and she reccommended doing the LVN program first and go into the ADN program. Have any of you done this and what was your expierence.

    I would consider got the community college route however their waitlists are too long for a possiblity of being accepted.

    Thanks for your help in advance!
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    Quote from wnelson810
    Hello!

    I am new to this website. I first want to say Thank You to all of those that have posted on here. There is so much great advice and information.

    I am 37 years young(!) and am looking into to go back to school to become an RN. I spoke to an admissions advisor there and she reccommended doing the LVN program first and go into the ADN program. Have any of you done this and what was your expierence.

    I would consider got the community college route however their waitlists are too long for a possiblity of being accepted.

    Thanks for your help in advance!
    Hi there!

    Welcome to AN! By readying your post, I'm guessing you are referring to "Kaplan College" and not Kaplan University?

    Did you get your information at the San Diego campus?

    Have you taken the wonderlic/SLE and KTP entrance exams?

    I only ask because the scores need to be higher for entrance in the ADN program than that of the LVN program.

    Did the advisor explain why she recommends going the LVN route, when your ultimate goal is to be an RN?

    Sorry for all of the questions, just trying to get a clear picture.
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    Yes, Kaplan College. I'm also looking at National Univeristy so I apologize for the confusion.

    I have only spoken to Kaplan over the phone. I have an appointment this week to sit down with the admissions department/advisor and go over all the details. But, it did seem off that I take the LVN program first and then go to the ADN program?? I'm sure it's because they get more money outta me!!

    I have not taken any tests with them, but thought I would try to get as much info to go in prepared and to not be "snowed" with the info given to me. My ultimate goal is to be RN and I really don't want to waste any additional time or money on something that isn't neccessary. I am interested in the BSN prgram at National Univ. as well and will be attending a Nursing Forum on 3/7 at the Rancho Bernardo campus.

    It's all very exciting and kinda overwhelming at the same time. Each school tells you something different from the other. Just trying to wrap my head around it and decide what's best for me and my family at the same time.

    Thanks for input!
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    Quote from wnelson810
    Yes, Kaplan College. I'm also looking at National Univeristy so I apologize for the confusion.

    I have only spoken to Kaplan over the phone. I have an appointment this week to sit down with the admissions department/advisor and go over all the details. But, it did seem off that I take the LVN program first and then go to the ADN program?? I'm sure it's because they get more money outta me!!

    I have not taken any tests with them, but thought I would try to get as much info to go in prepared and to not be "snowed" with the info given to me. My ultimate goal is to be RN and I really don't want to waste any additional time or money on something that isn't neccessary. I am interested in the BSN prgram at National Univ. as well and will be attending a Nursing Forum on 3/7 at the Rancho Bernardo campus.

    It's all very exciting and kinda overwhelming at the same time. Each school tells you something different from the other. Just trying to wrap my head around it and decide what's best for me and my family at the same time.

    Thanks for input!
    I can relate to being a bit overwhelmed with nursing school decisions.

    Just like you, I also checked out National. In addition, I had applied to three schools and after considering all of my options, I ended up choosing Kaplan.

    Doing my VN program, then taking and passing NCLEX, getting all of my nursing sciences and G.E. courses completed prior to applying to a bridge program, was the best option for me personally. This option took a bit longer, but has helped with the class load and my sanity!

    Do you have medical experience?
    Do you have a degree in a different field? Perhaps you have your general education requirements completed?

    I will say that it is not easy to get into any nursing program. This includes the for-profit schools. With this said, it sounds like you have a good start just by doing your homework and gathering as much info as you can on all schools you may be considering.

    Let us know how your interview at Kaplan and nursing information meeting with National goes for you.

    Whatever you decide, best of luck to you:-)
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    I thought the community colleges around here didn't do wait lists anymore. Not sure. But for example, palomar still has a waitlist but they don't add too it, they take half of their students from competitive admissions and half from the waitlist. doing lvn to rn at kaplan has it's benefits. they reserve some seats for the lvns so it's more likely you'll get into the rn program if you're an lvn. However if you test very well you can probably get in by doing a cheap community college cna program or check out rop options like medical assistant or phlebotomy to make it cheaper. You can also do the cna or phlebotomy or med assistant at kaplan just to get the required experience but it's more expensive.
    Quote from wnelson810
    Hello!I am new to this website. I first want to say Thank You to all of those that have posted on here. There is so much great advice and information. I am 37 years young(!) and am looking into to go back to school to become an RN. I spoke to an admissions advisor there and she reccommended doing the LVN program first and go into the ADN program. Have any of you done this and what was your expierence. I would consider got the community college route however their waitlists are too long for a possiblity of being accepted.Thanks for your help in advance!
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    I didn't mean to say that's the only benefit of doing lvn first then rn.
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    I did all my prepreqs at miracosta then applied to many different nursing programs and wasn't excepted.. I have a flat B average
    After having my daughter I did my LVN at Kaplan vista and I am now enrolled to so the step up in may.
    It isn't easy to get into any school but it is easier to get Ito the private schools. You can go on and get a bsn through kaplan university or if you did your prepreqs at a JC then you can transfer them to a WASC accredited school such as national or csusm ect.

    I am really glad I did lvn first because your scope of practice is fairly large and you learn a lot! It makes you more ready to work as an RN also
    Please don't hesitate to ask any questions if you have them.
    I am 25 and I started doin all this is 2007 when I got my cNA I was trying to save money and I wish I would have gone straight Kaplan back then instead of trying the JC route
    Hope this helps!!!


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