LVN program cost?

  1. how much is your vn program? how much are you willing to pay?
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    Back in late 2004, I paid $20,000 to attend an LVN program at a private trade school in the Los Angeles area. Many of you will scoff at me for paying so much, but I needed to avoid the prerequisites, waiting lists, and entrance exams that are associated with community college LVN programs. In addition, I needed to be done with the schooling in 1 year, because my mortgage and other bills were not going to wait.
  4. by   ChargeNurseAmy74
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Back in late 2004, I paid $20,000 to attend an LVN program at a private trade school in the Los Angeles area. Many of you will scoff at me for paying so much, but I needed to avoid the prerequisites, waiting lists, and entrance exams that are associated with community college LVN programs. In addition, I needed to be done with the schooling in 1 year, because my mortgage and other bills were not going to wait.
    Yes I understand. I'm starting a private school on Jan 14 2008 (9weeks from now) and I'm paying $18,000 in California. Was it worth it to you to pay that price, any regrets?
  5. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from nurse2b_amy
    Yes I understand. I'm starting a private school on Jan 14 2008 (9weeks from now) and I'm paying $18,000 in California. Was it worth it to you to pay that price, any regrets?
    I have no regrets at this time because I still would have been taking classes part-time to this day had I gone the community college route, due to my inability to pass chemistry and college algebra. I earned slightly less than $47,000 during my first year as an LVN, so the expensive tuition has definitely paid off for me.
  6. by   ChargeNurseAmy74
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I have no regrets at this time because I still would have been taking classes part-time to this day had I gone the community college route, due to my inability to pass chemistry and college algebra. I earned slightly less than $47,000 during my first year as an LVN, so the expensive tuition has definitely paid off for me.
    Thats great news! I keep getting alot of flack over my decision. I have already spent 13 months in a CC for prerequisites but the students are chosen by lottery, 300 applicants, only 30 are chosen each year. I didn't get chose and I don't want to wait another year for the same odds again. I'd rather pay and get thro without a wait.
    My husband also thinks I' may get a better education because the time spent with the student is more than at a CC?? So maybe he's right..
  7. by   APBT mom
    Ok I saw how much you guys paid and you might not believe me but I'm in a LPN program and when I graduate in March I will have paid $3800 for everything.
  8. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Tampagirl
    Ok I saw how much you guys paid and you might not believe me but I'm in a LPN program and when I graduate in March I will have paid $3800 for everything.
    Yes, I believe you. Many people paid a whole lot less than we did.

    However, you are located in a different geographic region than myself and the original poster who started this thread. In Southern California, the average tuition for a private fast-track LVN program at a trade school is between $17,000 and $24,000.
  9. by   ChargeNurseAmy74
    Quote from Tampagirl
    Ok I saw how much you guys paid and you might not believe me but I'm in a LPN program and when I graduate in March I will have paid $3800 for everything.

    Well at the community college in my town the cost is $3900. That is the reason there are hundreds of applicants though. They only choose once a year and only 30 students, the odd are amazing. I've already went that route and wasne't chose! So this is my next option, unless I want to do it all again in Jan of 2009..I won't wait that long!
  10. by   APBT mom
    I was lucky getting into the this program. There are others in the area that run between $14000 and $17000 but they are private schools and are not accredited.
  11. by   Ebuengonfire
    What the name of this school? where is it located?
  12. by   Tricia76
    Well the LPN program I am going to try and take will be $3,000 which I think is not bad..Its at a vo-tech.
  13. by   ZiggysGal,LVN
    CC program here in South Texas... approximately 2500-3000 (estimate)... no carry-over waiting list and admission is primarily based on entrance exam score (no pre-reqs, but minor academic requirements - TSI qualified).

    Then again, I've noticed that it appears to be significantly easier to get in to a program in Texas than California... based solely on posts on this board...

    Currently, I wouldn't pay for private school... especially at better than 5 times the cost of the CC program. However, I WOULD if it was like it is in California.

    I completely understand paying a higher tuition for the convenience of not having to wait year after year... makes perfect sense.
  14. by   nurse2b0272
    I am starting at a tech school here in DFW Texas which costs $26,000. It really depends on not only the state where you are located but the city as well. The previous poster states that there was no waiting list for her cc in South Texas however, DFW the waiting lists are long and you have required pre-reqs as well. Not to mention they do not have evening programs. I quit my job of 4 years to go to school because ultimately I know I will more than recoup the money I am paying to go to school. I would love to pay less but I am not going to put off going to school to save money. I have worked with people who did not go to school because they felt it was to expensive. Education is expensive and ulitmately we will all end up with the same license regardless of what school we attend and what we pay.

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