Medical Assistant to LPN

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    Hello everyone! Im new here. Well first off Im a medical assistant and Im interested in going for LPN. Here's the thing I went to college and got a few credits. I never graduated because I had a few medical problems that forced me to put my schooling on hold. Well fast forward a few years and I would like to go to school for LPN.

    I would like to go to Medgar Evers College (New York). Has anyone ever been to this school? How would I go about becoming an LPN? I know I would have to do pre-req classes. I dont have that many credits from my other school unfortunately ( like 20 credits)

    What are your suggestions? Im not interested in becoming a nurse at this time. I would like to see how it is as an LPN first . Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    Danny
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    Quote from danny-ma
    what are your suggestions? im not interested in becoming a nurse at this time. i would like to see how it is as an lpn first .
    danny
    okay let me get this straight.

    you are not interested in becoming a nurse at this time? but you would like to see how being a licensed practical nurse first?

    go easy on her/him my fellow lpns/lvns.
    Last edit by agldragonRN on Oct 28, '08
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    okay i would give you the benefit of the doubt danny-ma.

    here is the link for all approved lpn schools in new york: http://www.op.nysed.gov/nurseprogs-lpn.htm

    basically, you have to take an entrance test to get into an lpn program. depending in your area, lpn programs could be as competitive as the rn programs so you really have to get a good grade on your entrance test.

    then yes you may have to take pre-reqs or those non-nursing classes could be taken concurrently with the nursing classes.

    your best bet is to call your chosen school and ask them what exactly you need to do to be in the lpn program.

    good luck and please don't think that lpn program would be a piece of cake. my lpn program was very tough.

    cheers,
    angel
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    i see this is your first post..welcome to all-nurses...
    now i'm not sure what you have been told but a lpn is a nurse...licensed practical/vocational nurse...



    Quote from danny-ma

    im not interested in becoming a nurse at this time. i would like to see how it is as an lpn first .
    danny
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    Quote from agldragon
    okay let me get this straight.

    you are not interested in becoming a nurse at this time? but you would like to see how being a licensed practical nurse first?

    go easy on her/him my fellow lpns/lvns.

    i'm trying really hard, and it is difficult. first, please know that lpns are nurses. we attended a nursing program and had to sit for an exam that allows us to practice as a nurse. there are different levels of nursing, and the lpn is the first licensed level, but mark our words, we are nurses.
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    Ok, I see that I made a MISTAKE in my posting. I meant to say that I dont want to go to school for RN but would like to try LPN.......you know then maybe bridge my way over to RN if I really like and pursue my career.

    Why is it that some of the nurses on here are a little rude and think MA's are "stupid"? I have been on the site on and off and have noticed that if a medical assistant posts on here, the nurses write back with attitude and make it known that they are the ones that went to school longer than a medical assistant. (Well DUH!) For those of you who write mean things (You know who you are), get off your high horses because whether you have an MD,NP, RN, LPN or even a MA, we are all people and everyone deserves respect and NO ONE should have to bend over and kiss anyones rear end because they hold a license.

    Be careful for those feet you step on, they just may be connected to the butt you might have to kiss tomorrow.
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    For those of you who gave me advice, I thank you very much for taking the time in helping me out. Its very much appreciated. And yes, I know what an LPN is. LPN is a 2 year program,....RN is 4 years. Thought I would try LPN first and see how I like it.
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    lvn programs can be 1 or 2 years
    rn programs can be 2 or 4 years (adn ,bsn) ...


    Quote from danny-ma
    for those of you who gave me advice, i thank you very much for taking the time in helping me out. its very much appreciated. and yes, i know what an lpn is. lpn is a 2 year program,....rn is 4 years. thought i would try lpn first and see how i like it.
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    In NY, LPN programs are closer to 2 years and RN is 4 years unless if you take an accelerated course, then in that case you will finish sooner.

    Thanks for the input
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    Quote from Danny-MA
    Ok, I see that I made a MISTAKE in my posting. I meant to say that I dont want to go to school for RN but would like to try LPN.......you know then maybe bridge my way over to RN if I really like and pursue my career.

    Why is it that some of the nurses on here are a little rude and think MA's are "stupid"? I have been on the site on and off and have noticed that if a medical assistant posts on here, the nurses write back with attitude and make it known that they are the ones that went to school longer than a medical assistant. (Well DUH!) For those of you who write mean things (You know who you are), get off your high horses because whether you have an MD,NP, RN, LPN or even a MA, we are all people and everyone deserves respect and NO ONE should have to bend over and kiss anyones rear end because they hold a license.

    Be careful for those feet you step on, they just may be connected to the butt you might have to kiss tomorrow.
    No one ever stated that MAs are stupid or that they don't have a place in health care. What most have stated is that many schools mislead Medical Assistants to believe that they are the equivilant to nurses. And, when we say equivilant, we're meaning that one can be used just the same as the other in every circumstance, and that isn't true.

    I have been trained as a Medical Assistant, and the difference between the training for LPNs and MAs are as different as apples to oranges. A similar thing goes for LPN and RN training-there is a difference in the scope of practice that should not be ignored. The schools should not mislead people to think differently. It isn't about high horses, it really isn't. If you get accepted into an LPN program, you'll certainly see the difference.
    Miwila and


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