Valencia grads do tend to have a better reputation from what Ive heard around. Im an LPN and Im getting ready to start their bridge program (LPN to RN transition) in a few weeks. If u are just starting out, I will give you some advice. Others will tell you differently, but Im telling u the truth. I swear you will get your RN faster this way. The waiting list for the generic program is super long, but you can get into the LPN to RN bridge really easily without waiting.
I would suggest uApply to the LPN programs at Orlando Tech and/or SCC (SCC has a couple of pre reqs though). While you are waiting to start LPN school, take as many RN pre reqs as you can. When u finish LPN school, apply to the bridge program and u will only have another year to finish your RN plus you can work as an LPN making an income thats pretty good while you finish school. The bridge program is even online now at Valencia so it allows u to work while u finish. I couldnt have asked for a better deal. I am an LPN going into the advanced track with a year to go, versus had I not done this I would still be waiting to even start the Generic track and it would take two years from that point. Its the best thing I ever did.
Its actually funny bc LPNs make almost as much as new grad RN's around here, depending on the setting. When I heard the starting pay for RNs and figuring out its not much more than I make now, it kind of discouraged me from going back. But I worked hard to get thru the pre reqs so I will finish up. And of course RN will open up many more doors. BTW many dont want to be an LPN bc they think they have to work in a nursing home. You dont. You can get paid just as much to work in home health which is super easy. I really enjoy it and am happy with my decision. All is going as planned so far. Just something you may want to consider, but if anyone discourages you from going this route they will be eating their words when u are already an LPN and they are still waiting to even start RN school. I know ppl I had pre reqs with still waiting to get in the generic program so Ive skipped right over them to the advanced track. Life is good! God willing, Ill graduate December 07! Good luck to u!
PS this is the link to the bridge program at Valencia: Nursing - Advanced Standing Track Nursing Program - Valencia Community College
if u are interested in Orlando techs LPN program send me a pm and I can tell you how to go there for free. I only had to buy books and uniforms. they even paid for my State Boards and an NCLEX Review class.