LPN to RN bridge Programs...

  1. I am debating on whether to go LPN and then do the bridge for RN or go straight for RN. It will be very hard for me to do the 2 years in school for RN so I am wanting to check out any of the bridge programs that I have heard about before I make my final decision.

    Thank you!!!

    Trish :hatparty:
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   ARmickie
    I thought over this same process. I knew that I would be looking for fin aid when I got ready to do the bridge program, and where I live, the only bridge programs go from LPN to MSN and I don't live near any of the straight to RN programs in a CC. If I took the bridge course online, then I'd be left to pay for it out of pocket. I just decided to bite the bullet, pull down as many prereq's as I possibly can as fast as I can and then head on over to a university for the BSN program. I figure if I'm just REALLY sick of school by the time I hit that third year, I'll just take the RN test and then get the BSN after I've had a break. Might not work for you, but that's how I'm doing it.
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    Go For Rn If Yhou Wind Up Having Trouble They Will Let You Sit For Lpn License Too Many Lpn (read Me For One) Put Off Going Back To School.....it Is Easier To Go And So What You Want When The Opportunity Presents Itself You Will Never Regret It Good Luck
  5. by   luckyladyore
    Quote from ARmickie
    I thought over this same process. I knew that I would be looking for fin aid when I got ready to do the bridge program, and where I live, the only bridge programs go from LPN to MSN and I don't live near any of the straight to RN programs in a CC. If I took the bridge course online, then I'd be left to pay for it out of pocket. I just decided to bite the bullet, pull down as many prereq's as I possibly can as fast as I can and then head on over to a university for the BSN program.


    I figure if I'm just REALLY sick of school by the time I hit that third year, I'll just take the RN test and then get the BSN after I've had a break. Might not work for you, but that's how I'm doing it.
    My aunt was telling me something about taking your boards after your 3rd year of school can you ? I'll have my A.A in two more semester and will begin my third year.
  6. by   earthflower
    I couldn't find an RN program in my city that didn't have a super long waiting list, so I'm attending a school that does the LPN-RN bridge. I'm really happy with my choice because I'll be able to work as a nurse after only a year of school, and then go for my RN part-time. It's also the most economical way for me to do it.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    Sounds like a great option - good luck!
  8. by   ARmickie
    From what I understand, you can take the NCLEX-RN after your junior year if you are attending a four year BSN program.. I could be wrong, but that is my understanding.
  9. by   kmruddrn
    Where I live, the LPN to RN bridge is for currently licensed LPN's who skip the first year nursing classes. They have to complete all general ed courses before bridging; then do a 7 week excellerated course in the summer and then "bridge" straight in to second year.

    I chose this option. I worked full time and had two small kids also. Thank goodness for strong family support!! Anyway, I did it and just graduated May 14. I will take boards June 21. I'm glad I did this program. I even won the "top bridge student" achievement award this year!! So if this is the type of bridge program you are considering...a powerful GO FOR IT to you and feel free to email me with any questions/concerns!!!

    Good Luck in whatever you decide!

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