[color=#ff8c00]after reading several of our postings, many times i am wondering if we are in the programs by our own choice or if it were because we couldn't make it to one program or another. if you did choose the lpn program, what made you decide to start here vs. the adn or jumping right into the bsn? i see on several posts they have lpn to adn to bsn. each of ours is an entirely different program. however there are bridges or 2+2 programs for links to the other.
[color=#ff8c00]in my area the lpn is handled (only) at a technical school and not at the universities. i see on some of the postings that many of us have an option to take the lpn boards after our first year (if i read that right) is this in most areas, or just selective states?? that would be great to take the lpn boards and be a "nurse" before becoming an actual rn. i find it interesting as i read to find out how each program is so different yet somewhat similar. the courses seem so entirely different, right down to even the pre-reqs.
[color=#ff8c00]for my nursing program the pre-reqs were basic chemistry, basic biology, writing i and/or writing ii and algebra. after taking those, along with your nln test score (and of course the gpa) you could apply to the adn program. submitting with your application an essay of "why i want to be a nurse."
[color=#ff8c00]also, i find it amazing at the added fees we have. we are responsible for our own costs. my books are going to range from 600-758 dollars for the first term, what about yours? we have a liablity insurance to purchase, uniforms (one at 70.00) lab coat, steth, bp cuff, scissors omgoodness the list goes on. i guess before i got my packet i basically was "dreaming" this would all be included into my tuition??
the honor of becoming a nurse!!!! is worth it though, doncha think?
[color=#ff8c00]i was just curious to finding out what all of your "what if's" and how many things each of us had in common or different.
[color=#ff8c00]thanks for sharing!!!!
:hatparty: good luck to us all!!!!
Jul 14, '04
RN2BinPA, I think we're not-to-far-off neighbors
- you're right, I've never heard of a college or university-based LPN program here. Here in PA you can take the LPN boards after your first year of an RN program. I think that option has both pros & cons depending on your individual situation.
My story: I'm in a diploma RN program by choice. It was the fastest way to get to my goal of being an RN. Pre-reqs were chem, bio & college algebra, but the rest of the courses that are often considered pre-reqs (A&P, etc.) are included in my school's curriculum and are taken concurrently with the nursing courses. After reading through threads on allnurses.com for a while, I realized that some areas of the country no longer have hospital-based diploma programs. Here in western PA they're still going strong - I can think of at least 8 that are within 40 miles of me. Many are well respected programs with high NCLEX pass rates and sought-after grads. I've done some research, and I think I'll be at most only about 8 credits behind ADN grads when it comes to finishing my BSN, which I plan to start working on after I've been working for about a year.
That's assuming of course, that I survive the next 11 months!
:chuckle I'm already approaching the upper limits of safe caffeine consumption!
Good luck to all!
Last edit by Altra on Jul 14, '04
: Reason: to add: no, you're not a geek until you "secretly" write your name with RN after it, just to see what it looks like!