while both lpns and rns are considered nurses, there are significant differences between the two, starting with even the educational process.
lpn programs traditionally encompass 12 to 18 months of curriculum after your pre-requisite classes are finished. depending on the college or lpn program, a student may have enough credits to earn an associate degree in health science, as well as complete the credits for the lpn program.
in contrast, rn programs are three to five years in duration after pre-requisites are complete, and the student then earns an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
however, what are the differences between a lpn and rn after the initial education?
lpn and rn state licensure exams are different in complexity and in theory. the lpn exam focuses on patient care, while the rn exam is based upon the theories behind the care, as well as the care itself. both exams test on basic knowledge of disease processes, but the rn exam is more extensive in the pathophysiology of the disease processes, theory, and critical thinking skills.
basically what’s need to begin an lpn program is to complete and pass the entrance exams, such as, but not limited too the net, tabe, hesi, teas (which ever the school/program requires), complete an interview to be selected into the program and pass the nclex-pn test in order to be license and work in the u.s.
either way, the prospective lpns has to take the required courses as prospective rns, if they plan to further there education and specialty.