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  1. okay her is my story. I got a job as a CNA at a rehab hospital. I wasn't told that the CNA that was trainning me didn't get the job I was hired for. She made my life hell to the point that I quit. Anyways now I am totally focusing on school. I took an LPN entrance test yesterday and I have been accepted to a two year ADN program (as long as I get passing grades in algebra 1 and intro to Chemistry). My delemma is a financial one. Two years no additional income. One year and I am working. Now is it true that if you take the first year of the ADN program that you can test for your LPN?
    How is everyone else getting on? Who is starting this fall one way or the other? I mean who will be either starting LPN, ADN, BSN etc...this fall?
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  3. by   rnoflabor2000
    Depending upon the school that you go to, usually after the first year you have the qualifications to sit for the LPN exam. Just remember to get an LPN study guide with questions similar to the exam such as the NCLEX for LPN's and study it. It will surprisingly help with the first year of exams as well as the LPN exam. Usually nursing schools follow the same testing curriculum from NCLEX books, as this type of testing is nothing like your science or math tests. Good luck, I know how hard it is to start over , I started when I was 33. I had to work full time as well as go to school. It was hard, but the career is fulfilling.
  4. by   subec
    I'll be entering into a BSN program this fall. All I have left are the two years of nursing classes. I'm more nervous about how I'm going to pay for this than I am about the classes.

    Good luck

    Susan
  5. by   nursing 101
    Well,
    I'm starting my LPN in June and when I finish I'll transfer to a school that has a LPN to BSN program next fall. The School has already accepted me but will need my passing grades from my LPN program. As there are no waiting list when you are an LPN. I'm choosing that route because I won't be able to go without working for a long period of time since I really want a BSN. If you want your ADN I would suggest to just go for the 2 years and try to sit for the Nclex-pn after the year. But if you want a BSN and work at the same time you're better off getting the LPN.
  6. by   StudentSandra
    I think, the LPN option has to be available at your particular school. In my ADN program, after the first year, you can take an LPN exit class, then take the LPN boards. Then you can work as an LPN during the second year of the program.

    Good luck. ;-)
  7. by   meownsmile
    You might want to consider going to the LPN program ,, then after getting licensure bridging to a ADN program.

    The only reason i suggest this is because most 2 year ADN programs may not cover enough during the first year to get you through the NCLEXLP. There will be systems you will study in the second year of the ADN program that are not covered in the first year and you need to know those too to pass the test. ADN programs tend to go more in depth with each system.
    The LPN program will cover all the major systems in the year period and you will be prepared for the exam. Bridging will only take you one more year for the ADN and you can work licensed as a LPN while you finish.

    Just a suggestion, I bridged as a LPN and actually has helped me after having covered part of all the major systems prior to second year of ADN.
  8. by   D'Anne61
    Hello! I am a LPN currently of 20 years. I only took that route first because I needed to get finished fast. Now I am currently going back to school to get my RN. I would recommend the RN first so you don't have to do like me and work fulltime & go to school. The best thing I can tell you is that nursing is the way to go and don't give up. Keep working toward your degree & you will accomplish your goal soon. I Love working as an LPN but the money is much better as an Rn.
  9. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    originally posted by rnoflabor2000
    depending upon the school that you go to, usually after the first year you have the qualifications to sit for the lpn exam. just remember to get an lpn study guide with questions similar to the exam such as the nclex for lpn's and study it. it will surprisingly help with the first year of exams as well as the lpn exam. usually nursing schools follow the same testing curriculum from nclex books, as this type of testing is nothing like your science or math tests. good luck, i know how hard it is to start over , i started when i was 33. i had to work full time as well as go to school. it was hard, but the career is fulfilling.
    ...if what you & others have said is true about being able to sit for the nclex-pn after just taking the first year of an aas/adn rn program, then my question is...can a person sit for their nclex-rn after their junior year in a bsn rn program??? after all, the courses being given in the senior year are mainly focused on community health, critical care, & nursing leadership which aas/adn rns usually have to take in their bridge from rn to bsn programs. can one test-out the nclex-rn in their junior year, start working as a rn & continue their bsn rn program in order to get that level degree???

    this is the first i've ever heard of this "testing-out" of the nclex-pn for the lpn licensure while continuing to take the aas/adn rn degree program. i know just because i've personally haven't heard of this doesn't means that it can't or doesn't happen...i just would like to know if i, as a 35 y/o...6 yr lpn whose currently a senior in a bsn program, would be able to sit for that nclex-rn now, start working as an aas/adn or diploma rn while continuing to work on those bsn classes for my bachelor's degree...if so, that would be great to say the least.:roll
    Last edit by SKM-NURSIEPOOH on Apr 11, '02
  10. by   rnoflabor2000
    SKM-nursiepooh and Rhona1

    This testing out for an LPN during an ADN track is Not available in every school. Check with your advisor at the school. All the community colleges here in Arizona that offer an ADN (over 10)have the option to sit for the NCLEX-PN after 1 year. You are prepared for it.

    I don't think any universities have the option of an ADN half-way thru, although it would make sense, although a few ADN's may disagree. Is it true that they don't even offer the ability to take for NCLEX-RN until near graduation for a BSN?
    Last edit by rnoflabor2000 on Apr 14, '02

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