Quote from pagandeva2000
Most people seem to make this decision based on how quickly they can be accepted into a specific program. I hear that many of the RN programs have as long as a 5 year waiting list, and some say that the LPN programs are a bit quicker (then, there are others that are saying the same...a long waiting list). If you want to become an RN, and have good grades in the pre-requisites, then, place in for candidacy to see what happens. If not, then, try an LPN program while you are waiting. It is really up to you. Best of luck!
I second the go straight to BSN thought.
However.... I have heard from some friends wanting to go into nursing how horribly impacted the RN schools
are, especially the ADN programs since they are typically the ones at community colleges and cost less.
Some are doing a private LVN program first. Costs lots but they can get in right away, no wait and be done in about 12-18 months. It seams easier getting your RN from an LVN.
If you are patient and can afford not to work for a few years, then look into BSN programs. I got into the nursing program at SJSU on the first try. If you have good grades, test scores, its very possible to not have to wait at all after your prereqs. Good luck!