LPN without a GED? - page 2

by Montiel_735 10,685 Views | 13 Comments

Hi, I had a discussion with my mom about her becoming a LPN. She has worked at some nursing homes/hospitals for about 20 years and shes thinking about becoming a LPN. Unfortunately she does not have a HS diploma and doesn't want... Read More


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    I'm not sure if the age factor is why your mom doesn't want to take the GED but I hope this helps. My grandfather was in his early 70's when he went back for his GED. The high school even let him walk with the "regular" graduating class! He (and all of his family) was very proud that day! I think there are probably quite a few people who decide later in life that they want their GED. Hope this helps...
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    I read that most programs wish to accept persons who at least read and have the math skills of a 9th grader. Keeping that in mind, I don't know of any programs that will not accept proof of graduation from high school or a GED. From what I know (in my state), they seem to require that for CNAs as well.

    Tell your mom that she would benefit from obtaining her GED. Nursing school on any level involves a great deal of reading, time management and study skills to maintain a voluminous amout of information. Obtaining her GED would be good practice to get ready for an LPN program.
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    I had to send a copy of my GED to my LPN school. I've also had to produce it multiple times for my local County college, even after they had granted me one AD already. I would definately get the GED, because I really don't think you can proceed without it.
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    The last actual grade I completed was the 8th grade, and I went back and got my GED at about 30 years old. I took a class in GED math to learn fractions etc, but otherwise did not study any other subject for testing. I not only passed, but I did very well. The science, history, english, and reading were mainly read a passage, and answer the multiple choice questions (the answer is in the paragraph you just read). It was super easy. Even the math was pre high school math (no algebra at all). When I started college I had to take three remedial algebra classes to get to college algebra level even after passing the GED with flying colors. I have now completed my pre reqs, and in my second semester of an RN program.

    If your mother can read well, and do basic math she should be able to pass the GED with no problem. She still may need to take a few remedial courses to be ready for college level work.


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