Instead of taking out loans for that HUGE tuition (yeah, I'm a Lincoln Tech grad..June '08), go right for the RN. You will save a ton of money! Get your pre-reqs out of the way and just do the RN. I'm an LPN in an LPN to RN bridge course. If things had worked the way I had hoped, I was going to go right for RN. If time isn't an issue for you, honestly, doing the RN will take LESS time than doing the LPN to RN. Lincoln is what..15 months or so, then you'll have to get in all your pre-reqs for an RN program which can take a year or better. Honestly its quicker to get through the RN program than the LPN to RN route..however, the added time might come in if you aren't admitted to your choice RN program right away.
I am by no means bashing LPN's..I AM one. But the job opportunities for LPN's have very quickly shrunk here in CT. When I first graduated school there were jobs abound, now I check and there is very little out there. And much less for new grads.