Hello everyone! I am new here. I am starting the LPN program here in Tucson, AZ Nov 5th 2001. It is only 7months long with advanced placement. I am working as a PCT(Patient Care Tech)which is between a CNA and a LPN. I was wondering what I had to do to get my RN after I am done with the LPN? Is it still a two year course after I have completed the LPN, or is one year? I have been in the field for a year now and I love it! I am 26yo male looking to make it in the Nursing field!! Thanks in advanced.
Sep 19, '01
Welcome Aboard! I'm glad you enjoy nursing, I think it is a very rewarding field. I am currently in an LPN to RN transition program.
If you want to become an RN after you become an LPN, I would advise working for at least a year, because it helps with your nursing classes. Before I actually got into the nursing program, I had to take my pre-requisites, then take the NET test, then apply to the program. THEN you pray you get accepted!
You'll neeed to check what schools have LPN to RN transition programs, not all nursing schools have them. Some programs have different requirements, and some may have very long waiting lists. Good Luck!
Sep 20, '01
I took an LPN course back in 1987... the class had the option of continuing on for another year for RN. Well... foolishly, I found a job and then put off going back to school for 8 more years! But, then finally went back to school. Many of my credits did transfer, but I did have to do a lot of work!
So, my advice to you... keep going!! Don't get stuck in a rut after finishing up your LPN classes. I agree that getting at least a year of good experience between LPN and RN is a wonderful benefit. It does help out tremendously with the RN classes. Builds a good base.
I would strongly encourage you to continue on to get your RN. Then opportunities are endless.
Being a male in the nursing field is great. I love it. Would not trade my experiences.