RN Student Take LPN exam after Semester II?

  1. I've heard I can take the LPN exam after I finish my second semester in an ADN RN curriculum this Dec. Has anybody done this, or heard about it? I live in FL, so maybe it's something that varies by state. What are your thoughts on it? Do you think if I spend time in my NCLEX-RN book it will more than cover everything I need to pass the LPN exam? Thanks!
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  3. by   S.N. Visit
    Quote from EyesForward
    I've heard I can take the LPN exam after I finish my second semester in an ADN RN curriculum this Dec. Has anybody done this, or heard about it? I live in FL, so maybe it's something that varies by state. What are your thoughts on it? Do you think if I spend time in my NCLEX-RN book it will more than cover everything I need to pass the LPN exam? Thanks!
    My program here in Iowa does that too. The course curriculum is the same for both ADN and PN students until the PN program stops. Although I'm not in the program yet, it's nice to have the flexibility to choose whether or not I want to stop at the PN level or continue on to the ADN. I can't answer about the NCLEX-RN book, but I'm sure others can give you good advice.
  4. by   Altra
    Yes, I've heard this too. If you are working while going to school anyway, I'm thinking that it's probably worth pursuing it because you could work as an LPN - better experience?

    As far as the NCLEX-PN ... I have no idea how it compares to the NCLEX-RN - maybe you could take a look at a review book at the book store and see if it varies a lot from your NCLEX book.
  5. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Being a current LPN, and an RN student; I can tell you that a lot of the information in the PN and RN study guides are the same. The main difference being that some of the material on the NCLEX-RN isn't covered on the NCLEX-PN. The RN study guides have more information in them, but will also cover anything you need to know for the PN. I used some RN study guides while studying during my PN program as did many of my fellow students. You can get a PN study guide cheap on half.com. I sold my old ones on there and they don't cost much at all used.
  6. by   wonderbee
    Quote from EyesForward
    I've heard I can take the LPN exam after I finish my second semester in an ADN RN curriculum this Dec. Has anybody done this, or heard about it? I live in FL, so maybe it's something that varies by state. What are your thoughts on it? Do you think if I spend time in my NCLEX-RN book it will more than cover everything I need to pass the LPN exam? Thanks!
    Hey there Wendy. Look for a PM.
  7. by   Ortho_RN
    Not every program will allow you to do that... Some will some won't... My school wouldn't allow it...
  8. by   RedSox33RN
    My school doesn't either. We are allowed to get our CNA after 2 semesters, so we can work the summer doing that if we choose, but it is optional.
  9. by   Achoo!
    Our school is just starting it in 2005, but it will become the norm for CC's in our area I guess. Not sure about the NCLEX-PN though. We have to have our CNA before we start.
  10. by   klone
    Our school does this as well - the program is exactly the same, but the LPN students have to take an "LPN exit" course during the summer after second semester, then they can take the LPN exam.

    As far as it being useful because you can work as an LPN while finishing up the last two semesters - our school also has a program with the local hospital where they hire the students as "nurse externs" starting the summer after second semester, and then into the entire last year. The externs get paid comparable to LPNs in this area.
  11. by   Jennerizer
    I live in Fl also & am just finishing up my 3rd semester. We have the option to take the LPN boards also. I'm curious about the differences between PN and RN, because in school we are taught everything a RN is responsible for & what her duties are, but we aren't taught the scope of what a PN is capable of doing or the depth of her knowledge base. I'm currently working as a nurse tech & feel as though I've gained a lot of experience. Now I am thinking of taking it to the next level & becoming an LPN - mostly so the transition from student to RN isn't so overwhelming or nervewracking. I plan to get a PN review book & see what type of questions they ask.
  12. by   Jen2
    My school does not allow us to sit for PN boards after the first year. I don't know why, but I think it's because we don't have med/surg until second year.
  13. by   theblondeone
    I haven't taken the RN NCLEX yet, gimme 3 more weeks to graduate.LOL, but I did take my LPN boards after my first year in school and have been working as an LPN while finishing my ADN. The one thing that I noticed on the LPN exam that might be different from the review books for the RN boards are the scope of practice questions. I think there were 3 or 4 on the LPN exam. You should be able to get a used LPN review book cheap or borrow one from the library.

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