Why the program length difference? CAN/US

  1. I start my LPN program in fall 2007 and the program is 2 years long (4 semesters). Why are LPN programs only 1 year in the US? Are they more condensed, and therefore more difficult?

    As long as I have read these boards, I don't think I have yet seen a US LPN program that was two years..
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   pagandeva2000
    How many hours a day are your classes? We do have a program here in Long Island where it is two years, but it's because it is given during the evenings from about 6-10pm and every other weekend. My school's program is also two years, because this is a bridge program that requires that RN pre-requisites are taken before entering into the LPN program, and this, alone, can take a year. Once entering into the practical nursing program, it is a traditional year.
  4. by   Cherry2
    Here is the list of courses by semester:

    Semester 1
    ANAT1052 Anatomy and Physiology I
    NURS1026 Profession of Nursing
    GSCI1020 Health and Wellness
    NURS1029 Clinical Applications
    GSSC1057 Lifespan Development
    COMM1007 College English
    COMP1082 Computer Skills and Applications

    Semester 2
    ANAT1053 Anatomy and Physiology II
    PATH1016 Pathology and Therapeutics I
    NURS1027 Nursing Theory I
    NURS1030 Clinical Applications II
    COMM1134 Professional Communications
    GNED General Education Elective

    Semester 3
    PATH1017 Pathology and Therapeutics II
    PHAR1007 Pharmacology
    NURS2016 Profession of Nursing II
    NURS1028 Nursing Theory II
    NURS2021 Health Assessment
    NURS2018 Clinical Applications III
    SOC1018 Sociology

    Semester 4
    NURS2017 Nursing Theory III
    NURS2020 Clinical Applications IV

    It is a full time program, and I know the full time program I am in now (prep for nursing) is 18+ hours a week. So I am guessing it will be at least that much, though likely more, per week for this program.
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    This looks to be really intense. I can see why this is two years for you. They certainly added a great deal. But, you'll have much to work with and many resources when you complete the program. Best of luck to you and keep us posted!

    Quote from Cherry2
    Here is the list of courses by semester:

    Semester 1
    ANAT1052 Anatomy and Physiology I
    NURS1026 Profession of Nursing
    GSCI1020 Health and Wellness
    NURS1029 Clinical Applications
    GSSC1057 Lifespan Development
    COMM1007 College English
    COMP1082 Computer Skills and Applications

    Semester 2
    ANAT1053 Anatomy and Physiology II
    PATH1016 Pathology and Therapeutics I
    NURS1027 Nursing Theory I
    NURS1030 Clinical Applications II
    COMM1134 Professional Communications
    GNED General Education Elective

    Semester 3
    PATH1017 Pathology and Therapeutics II
    PHAR1007 Pharmacology
    NURS2016 Profession of Nursing II
    NURS1028 Nursing Theory II
    NURS2021 Health Assessment
    NURS2018 Clinical Applications III
    SOC1018 Sociology

    Semester 4
    NURS2017 Nursing Theory III
    NURS2020 Clinical Applications IV

    It is a full time program, and I know the full time program I am in now (prep for nursing) is 18+ hours a week. So I am guessing it will be at least that much, though likely more, per week for this program.
  6. by   emy912
    Our LVN program in California is an 18-month program (5 levels, equavalent to 5 semesters). Mondays are 8 hours of theory; Tuesday and Wednesdays are clinical days.
  7. by   caliber
    Here the course descripton of my school(full time - 11 month, 5 DAYS A WEEK 30+HRS)

    LEVEL I
    A&P - 90 HRS

    VOCATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS - 25 HRS

    NUTRITION - 30 HRS

    GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT - 40 HRS

    PHARMACOLOGY - 60HRS

    COMMUNITY HEALTH - 15 HRS

    FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING - 190HRS
    -------------------------------
    LEVEL II

    OBSTETRICAL NURSING - 120 HRS

    MEDICAL NURSING - 210 HRS

    SURGICAL NURSING - 210 HRS

    GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING - 90HRS

    PEDIATRIC NURSING - 90HRS

    PSYCHIATRIC NURSING - 90HRS


    STATE BOARD PEP - 30HRS
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    HOPE THIS HELPS
  8. by   caliber
    drink alot of coffee, and gl:smilecoffeecup:
    Last edit by caliber on Apr 16, '07
  9. by   Cherry2
    So you guys are saying that I am completely in for it aren't you? lol

    Great...
  10. by   TheCommuter
    The levels of education are simply 'different' in the U.S.

    For example, Canada does not have RN-ASNs (2-year RNs) or diploma RNs (3 year RNs). The only way to practice registered nursing in Canada is with the BScN, whereas the U.S. has several different educational pathways to becoming an RN.

    It's similar with the LPN education. There are several different ways of becoming an LPN in the U.S. (1 year diploma, 18 month certificate, 2-year degree), but Canada has only 1 standardized way of becoming an LPN.
  11. by   Jazzyjell
    Hi Cherry2. I live in Carrollton, TX and will be starting a part-time (evening) schedule at the school I'm attending in June. My LVN program, like Pagandeva2000 said, is on Mon/Wed from 6-10pm and every other weekend. It will take 22 months. I start June 18, 2007 and my program ends on my birthday, April 15, 2009!! Unlike what Pagandeva2000 said, it is NOT a "bridge program that requires that RN pre-requisites are taken before entering into the LPN program".
  12. by   OgopogoLPN
    Quote from TheCommuter
    but Canada has only 1 standardized way of becoming an LPN.

    Actually, it must vary from province to province because I'm in Canada as well and my LPN program is 12 months, strait through. 4 days per week, 8 hours per day... (3 semesters)

    After looking at the OP's courseload, I know my program does not contain sociology, communications, computers skills and a general education elective.

    OP, is your program at a public or community college, or a private college?

    Mine is at a community college and our courseload is strictly "nursing" subjects, for which I am thankful. I don't care about sociology, communication and computer courses. I've been working with computers for over 12 years and have spoken English my whole life , so I'm glad I don't have to take those. I want to learn my LPN stuff and get a job. Taking an extra 6-12 months of stuff that isn't as applicable to LPN duties would drive me crazy !!
  13. by   dolphn545
    The program I'm in is 4 Levels, at 13 weeks each.

    Level I
    Life Science
    Nursing Skills I
    Personal & Vocational Relationships I
    Personal & Community Health

    Level II
    Med Surg Nursing I
    Nursing Skills II
    Nutrition

    Level III
    Nursing in the Family Life I
    Med Surg Nursing II
    Nursing Skills III

    Level IV
    Nursing in Family Life II
    Med Surg III
    Personal & Vocational Relationships II
  14. by   Cherry2
    My program is at a college, George Brown in Toronto to be exact. The computer course and communications I am exempt from, thank goodness!

    I *think* part of the reason they have us do so much, is in prep for RN, as they do have a bridge program run through one of the collaborative colleges that run half of their RN program as well.

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