Hi Kimberlin! I'm also in Fresno. I'm doing a 33 day CNA course at Golden Living. The great thing is they hire you afterwards! Like you, I also want to do CNA ---> LVN ---> RN.
I went to FCC for a little over 3 years to complete my prereqs. No joke. I thought I was there for a long time but as I continued through the prereqs, I met TONS of others that were also on their 3rd or even 4th year! For an Associates, let me remind you.
I have been in the RN lottery at FCC twice, the third time will be this Fall. My mistake was taking GE along with prereqs. I recommend completing all prereqs, applying for the program, then
starting your GE to save time. I've never had a break all 3 years; spring, summer and fall since '09. After applying for the program I started my transfer requirements and have finally completed it just in time for the enrollment freeze at Fresno State. I got my acceptance letter in April and I'll start at State this Fall. I'm so excited.
So, down to the nitty gritty:
LVN, like you were talking about is a 1-2 year program here. Which is pretty insane. You could do all that and become an LVN and do the bridge at FCC. I'm pretty sure it's easier to get into the program being an LVN. The bridge is only 30 units, I believe.
For you, this would be GREAT. For me, there's not really any hope in becoming an LVN that I have found. It doesn't make any sense whatsoever for me to have an Associates from city (I had met grad reqs already) and get an Associates somewhere else for LVN while I'm a junior at State.
Also, the great news is that once you get your ASN from FCC, it is way
more likely you can get into the Bachelors prog at State. I asked the admin and she confirmed.
So, LVN increases FCC chances, and RN increases State chances.
Follow your dreams! I'm 26 and barely becoming a CNA. You gotta start somewhere!
Goodluck with your program!