Connecticut LPNs

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    I am researching LPN schools to go to in Connecticut. which school did you go to and how did you like it? i know the private schools (Stone Academy, Porter & Chester, Lincoln Tech, etc) are very expensive but if you went there, was it worth it and did you get a good education. and if you went to the state program, how was that? i would like to know all your opinions, good and bad!!!!!

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    Moved to the Connecticut Nurses forum for more replies.
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    If your thinking about the state schools, the deadline is coming up soon. You have to take a entrance examination or if you have a TEAS score from trying to get into an RN program, they will take that too. I believe is the site. The deadline is end of May I think....
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    Admission Requirements for Acceptance to the LPN Program

    1. Fill out the LPN Program Application for Admission and send along with your resume and a non-refundable application fee of $50.00, made payable to: Treasurer, State of Connecticut. Send it to the first program of choice of the LPN Program Sites listed. All must be received by by May 31st.

    2. Sign up and take the Nursing Entrance Test (NET) before May 31st.
    Call to Register at 1-800-299-3926 or register on-line at:
    You may submit an official record of your TEAS Test Scores.(These are only for students who previously applied to a Registered Nurse Program).

    3. If you have completed MATH137 with a C or better and ENG101 with a C+ or better, you will need to submit an official transcript showing that these courses have successfully been completed. Submit an official high school transcript or a copy of a GED. Copies of Diplomas will be accepted.

    English 101:English Composition
    Math 137: Intermediate Algebra
    These courses may be taken at any of the Connecticut Community Colleges, Charter Oak College, State Universities or other online Universities.

    Applicants who have completed or signed up for the college courses MATH137 and ENG101, will receive additional consideration for admission.

    5. Students who have submitted a completed application, a $50 application fee, resume, and have completed either the NET or TEAS test will be notified in June of their acceptance into the LPN Program.
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    Research your school. Some of the private programs are having problems meeting state requirements and/or low pass rates on the Boards. I went to a state program which was excellent but that was along time ago.
    However, I would seriously question the decision to become an LPN in CT. This is a very restrcitive state for LPN's and getting more restrictive every year. Although the programs are advertised as one year, they don't mean a calendar year, it takes 15 to 18 months to complete the programs. If you can afford the private programs, seriously consider the ADN programs.
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    how do you mean they are restrictive?
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    As opposed to other states I've worked, it is very restrictive here. An LPN cannot work without an RN present except in homecare. That means even in doctor's offices. LPN's cannot "assess" and there is no distinction between a basic or more advanced assessment. LPN's cannot write or update care plans. In many facilities, we are not allowed to take orders because of this. There are no advanced certfications recognized for LPN's, for example: IV nurse, wound care nurse. Some employers are even more restrictive. Jobs for LPN's are mostly in LTC and homecare because of the regulations. The State Board is progressively restricting practice more with their "interpretation" of our vague Nurse Practice Act. You should check the Board of Nursing website. Almost every month in the Meeting Minutes there is another "opinion" regarding LPN's. Problem is those opinions hold the weight of law when it comes to your license. Also see the Declaratory Ruling regarding LPN's. This was written in 1989 and has never been updated officially.
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    Also if you do go the LPN route and decide later you want your RN, the CT private LPN schools do not have the same accrediation as the T community colleges so in other words if you decide to bridge over my going through a CT community college none of you classes will trasfer over untill you reach the nursing program. You will still have to do all the required pre-reqs
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    well i just want to do the LPN route for now. i have thought a lot about it, and decided that it's the best thing for me to do right now. I'm moving to connecticut this summer from boston, and have always wanted to be a nurse but not sure what exactly i want or if i will like it. that's why i want to do LPN so i can get a feel for the career. i've applied to the state technical schools, but i know there's a chance i might not get in because it has a waiting list and i applied a bit late. so i don't want to wait even longer for their next opening, i'd rather just go the private schools and get some financial aid (hopefully) and just pay the loans off over time while i'm working as an LPN. the thing also is, i might not stay in CT after i finish LPN school. I might go back to Boston or go stay with my fiance who is in the army, and hopefully work as a LPN either way. so my main concerns are:
    a) if i will get a good education at the private CT schools (i know i would just get my diploma if i graduate from there, not sure if that's good or not)
    b) if my LPN license will be universal in all 50 states, will i have to transfer my license? and will it be valid?
    and c) if i want to later bridge to RN, are the private schools accredited enough that I will be able to do that?

    i'd appreciate any input advice or opinions that you have
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    My friend was just accepted to Wright Tech's LPN program to start in Sept. and she didn't even pass all the 3 parts of the NET! They really wanted her even though the reading comp grade was not high enough. The most important thing tha they were looking at was her Math score. I know that they do not have a waiting list and that you could more than likely get in for Sept. I would give them a call next week and talk more w/the director of the program. Wright Tech is one of the schools that you'll not pay the outrageous tuition that the private schools charge. Wright Tech's program is $8K and is in Stamford. You may also have luck at Bullard Havens Tech. in Bridgeport. I am not sure if they have a waiting list but do know that both are still accepting qualified applicants. You will need to have taken College English 101 and Intermediate Algebra w/a grade of a C+ along w/the NET. That is what my friend said the requirements are. I wish you all the best.

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