Hi!!! I'm currently a senior in high school and I've always wanted to be involved with the military and nursing. I'm already a CNA and I want to get my BSN in the best/fastest way (I know I have a long way to go). I've enlisted for the Army already, and the only nursing job available to me was an LPN - which right after graduation I will be shipped to Texas to begin training as an LPN. It will take me from June of 2016 to late August of 2017 to complete my training which then if I pass, I will hopefully be licensed. Once I'm done with that, I will be in the Army Reserves and begin college right away.
I know that seems like a lot of information, but I need a lot of help with some of my questions and I truly truly appreciate anyone who is willing to answer some of my questions!!
To make things easier I'm just going to list out some of my questions.
1.) Would anyone on here know if my LPN licensed I obtained in the military is still good for civilian use?
2.) Since I'm going to already be graduating college a year later than most kids my age, what would be the fastest way to get my BSN? Military credits are tricky & I'm not quite sure what schools
would accept my training as viable college credits.
3.) Are LPN licenses tricky to use in different states? (example: Take LPN state exam for Illinois, but go to college in Indiana - would I be able to work as an LPN while in IN if I choose to live there?)
4.) Has anyone here had the MOS 68C? (previously known as 68WM6) If so, what was it like?
5.) Does anyone have any tips on how to best complete my goals?
6.) What schools in the Midwest would be best to transfer from an LPN to BSN? (trying to avoid online schooling)
If anyone thinks I should know anything please feel free to share! I'm at the point where any insight given is very useful for me.
Thanks for your time!
Aug 30, '15
Here is info on Texas:
In the past some states would not recognize Army LPN training. Depends on each state if they require you to graduate from approved LPN school. Also some states would not issue license by endorsement.
California will also accept Army LPN:
New Mexico will not license Army medics/LPNs.
LPN by Endorsement
Endorsement candidates must provide license verification from the state where they were first licensed. In most cases, endorsement candidates must show that they graduated from an approved program. LPNs must meet New Mexico’s educational requirements unless they were originally licensed by July 1, 1969. Military personnel who took the national licensing examination by July 1, 1977 and were subsequently licensed as LPNs, may be eligible for endorsement.
Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse Program (LPN Bridge Program)
College of DuPage, Joliet Junior College, and Illinois Central College are offering an 8-week, 6-credit program
customized for veterans who have previous training through the METC Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program
. Students completing the Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse Program will be awarded a Practical Nursing Certificate and will be eligible to sit for the national Practical Nurse Licensing Exam (NCLEX-PN
). For more info, see the program brochure
Indiana-the application for licensure is for graduates of US nursing school.
Just one thing to add: Recruiters make lots of promises, some they can't keep. Are you certain to get into the medic/LPN training? Did you get it in writing? I just checked & it says 72 month commitment. It is possible your studies might get interrupted if you get deployed. You do realize that is a very real possibility. However, you will get experiences not seen by civilians.
68 Charlie/used to be 68 Bravo.
Last edit by sailornurse on Aug 31, '15