Quote from katwands
Thank you very much. I suppose what's I'm wondering is: do I have to get an LPN before doing anything? Thanks again
No. You can go to an ADN program and become an RN fresh off the streets. No need to become an LPN first. Some people however find the LPN route quicker in their area because of the waiting lists for ADN school. Or they need the money and have to work, and go LPN first because it's quicker (the salaries are lower than RNs). Then they go onto an LPN to RN program.
There's four ways to become an RN: LPN to RN, ADN, BSN (many nurses, such as myself, eventually decide to become Bachelor degreed after our ADNs and there are many RN to BSN programs, many of which are all online, but we already are RNs and become BSN's won't change the RN status, just provide other opportunities)and Diploma (these programs are the most rare).......all of them lead to the same test: the NCLEX-RN which allows one to practice as a registered nurse.
You do not have to have any degree or any nursing license to begin an ADN program. I worked at Pizza Hut when I started my ADN program.
I know it's confusing. Your best bet is to talk to someone locally and take it from there.