So I've been looking around at different LPN programs in my area, and unfortunately the community college route is a difficult route to get admitted into (Limited access and enrollment closed), so I was wondering what everyones thoughts were on the more accessible vocational schools
like Concorde Career College and Carrington College(Used to be Apollo).
I'm currently living in Portland, Oregon, and the only two community college programs in the area are closed for admissions and won't open back up until next year, but the programs at Concorde and Carrington which I'm going to look at tomorrow I think have openings.
My question is, what are all of your thoughts on those particular schools for the LPN programs, and how does the education stack up, and how can one transition into an RN program from those schools? BTW, I've been reading that in Oregon your only option for LPN-RN bridge programs are non-existent and that if you want to do it you have to go across the boarder to Washington and try to get into a program, or participate in Excelsiors Online LPN-RN bridge program which I don't have a problem with.
I've come to the conclusion that although the CMA programs are very appealing and would get my foot in the doors quicker, I'm tired of dead end and terminal jobs where I do not have the possibility of advancing. I want a career that has almost endless possibilities (wish full thinking, but hey, I can only hope. Right?)
My final question is geared to job listings. I've seen quite a few job listings where it says "CMA or LPN" and some that are separate. As an LPN are you able to hold or be hired for a Medical Assistant position if LPN positions aren't available after graduation? My question really is about gaining experience when you can't find work. You have to do something to live so I was wondering if you were able to hold those positions.
Thank you all for responding. I'm heading to the schools tomorrow to get some dates, so any information over the next day or so would be wonderful.
May 23, '12
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