Yet another LPN-ADN bridge question.....

  1. :uhoh21: Here is my situation. I currently work a full time day job My company understands that I am going to get my ADN eventually and will work with my hours (for an evening program).
    There are very few evening programs being offered in Illinois for LPN or ADN and I need to go to an evening course 3:30pm or later. Here are my options...
    1) Joliet junior college has an evening program but I am out of district for it. they have a 2.5 year waiting list now but are going to competitive admissions in Fall 08. (I would still get the short end of the stick due to in district spots being filled first.)
    2) Truman college has just been given a grant to start an evening expansion of their nursing program. May not start till 2008 or later. Still out of district for this program as well.
    3) Kaplan university has applied to IBHE to start an online ADN program w/ Illinois on site clinicals. Has not been approved yet so it could be 08-09 before it starts. Also the cost is about $305 per credit hour but no district issues.
    All colleges that I am in district for have only day programs. I have found an LPN program at a private school near my job, no waiting list and I have completed all pre-reqs for this program so it would only be 12 months.
    Do you think taking this program ($12000) for 1 year and bridging into an ADN program would be smart?
    I just keep thinking that if I wait on on of these evening programs I may get passed over for years. The spots for an LPN bridge for one of these programs would be a little less competitive and also once I get my LPN I can get a decent paying job maybe even at night and go for one of the day programs near my home. What do you think?
    Have any of you used the LPN route and the transitioned into an ADN?
    Last edit by RPSGT2RNIL on Feb 19, '07
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  3. by   Jules A
    Quote from CNA2RNIL
    The spots for an LPN bridge for one of these programs would be a little less competitive and also once I get my LPN I can get a decent paying job maybe even at night and go for one of the day programs near my home. What do you think?

    This would be a big plus if you are pretty sure it won't be too hard to get into a bridge program. I'd call around to get a feel before making your decision. Good luck, Jules
  4. by   RPSGT2RNIL
    I wonder if any others have gone this route with an LPN to ADN bridge program. Did your private school A&P 1 and 2 transfer to community college or did you need to retake them? I will try to get more info from the colleges I plan to tranfer my LPN to but I want to see if any students out there are doing or have done this. Thanks for any tips!
  5. by   WDWpixieRN
    I really don't have the answers you're looking for either....I know we had one student I talked to last semester who was an LPN transfer from another CC in another county....

    My only thought to you was to see what the likelihood of employment would be in your neck of the woods once you were to obtain that LPN...if there's not a demand for these where you are, then your thoughts of employment while bridging to your RN wouldn't be a great option....
    that would be a shame....especially for a $12,000 education!!

    Hopefully you'll get some better insight...you might try posting on the Illinois boards, too, to see what kind of info you can get there!! I don't know how active their boards are....
  6. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from CNA2RNIL
    Have any of you used the LPN route and the transitioned into an ADN?
    Here's a link to the IL boards...looks like they're pretty active and there's someone else who inquired about LPN degrees:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f145/

    Best wishes!!

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