Hi Cricket Prince,
Like you, I am just starting my pre-req's. for nursing school
this semester and I'm also only two years younger than you. I am still somewhat undecided about going LPN or RN. I am attending my local Community College which offers both. At my school the only difference between LPN and RN is that RN requires:
- 1 extra year of clinical work (LPN's do 1 year of clinicals, RN's do 2 years of clinicals)
- 1 microbiology class (3 credits)
- a 1 credit computer class
- 1 Chemistry class (3 credits)
- 1 English class (3 credits)
Other than the above course work the LPN and RN programs are exactly the same in regards to pre-requisites and requisites. As a matter of fact the LPN's one year of clinicals and the RN's first year of clinicals are the same class. I've researched other schools
in my area and they were all pretty much set up like this.
I was really going to go for the LPN but my advisor and my aunt who are both nurses are telling me to go for the RN basically because the pay will be better and I will have more job options when I graduate. Also, I allready have a Bachelor's in a Science related field and I allready have a lot of the requisites for RN. In fact, if I don't take the RN option now the classes that can transfer over to RN may expire. So, I think I'm just going to go for it. If you have a Bachelor's Degree allready or some college experience you may want to look at this option too.
Good luck with everything and keep us posted on how you are doing.