Are there any online LPN or LVN programs - page 2

by MAnders1405 3,907 Views | 23 Comments

I posted this question in 2009. Have there been any new LPN or LVN programs ONLINE in that time?... Read More


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    If you look around, there are no pre-licensure programs that are fully online. The only ones that I have seen that come close are Excelsior's ADN program, Indiana's LPN-BSN program, WGU, and Texas A&M's eline program. Even with these programs, there is an on-site clinical aspect to them and you have prior medical experience (WGU is the exception, but you need an associates or bachelor's degree with all science courses completed). Put it this way, do you think having a licensing program that doesn't have any type of hands on component to it would be a good thing for the profession, or would it make it harder to get hired as an LPN?
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    Quote from MAnders1405
    Sure I understand if you are starting out. I've been doing patient care for 12 years.
    Technically, you still are starting out as a brand new nursing student, even though you might have many years of extensive healthcare work experience. There are no shortcuts to becoming an LPN.

    Even though you might be able to find a PN (practical nursing) school that offers online classes, every state's board of nursing will require you to complete an extensive amount of hands-on clinical practicum time at various healthcare facilities in person.

    For example, the state of California requires PN/VN (practical nursing) students to complete 954 clinical hours. My class accomplished this by completing three 8-hour clinical practicum shifts per week for one year at various hospitals, nursing homes, and subacute facilities. We practiced wound care, enteral tube feedings, IV therapy, insertion of urinary catheters, ostomy care, patient assessments, and other hands-on clinical skills.

    As others have mentioned, Excelsior College is a distance-based program that allows paramedics, RTs, and others with extensive healthcare experience to study to become RNs through online courses and testing out. However, you will still need to attend a very expensive 3-day clinical rotation where you display your clinical competencies and skills. You only have 3 chances to pass this 'weekend clinical.'
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    Don't forget about the challenge process. Here in CA you can challenge the LVN board if you have 5 yrs experience in specific areas plus take pharm.

    HTH!
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    Quote from loriangel14
    Yes but not performing nursing duties. I'm not talking about personal care. Have you been giving shots, starting IVs, inserting catheters, analyzing lab results,giving tube feedings, changing dressings,passing meds, doing assessments,etc. These are some of the skills you need to learn in person and practice in the clinical setting.The requirements for being eligible to write the licensing exam for nursing requires hundreds of hours in clinical settings during school.It doesn't matter how long you have been doing patient care.
    Yes I do
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    You do all those things and you are not a nurse?

    You would still be required to do the clinical portion of nursing school.
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    Quote from loriangel14
    You do all those things and you are not a nurse?
    Respiratory therapists have a decent scope of practice in many states. Where I live, they perform sticks to arteries to draw arterial blood gas specimins. They do simple dressing changes, especially over trach sites, and they perform focused assessments before and after administering breathing treatments and respiratory medications.

    However, I seriously doubt the OP is giving tube feedings, inserting nasogastric tubes, caring for nephrostomy tubes, applying ileostomy bags, performing urinary catheter care, or performing the full range of nursing skills in the RT role. Generally, people don't know what they don't know.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Respiratory therapists have a decent scope of practice in many states. Where I live, they perform sticks to arteries to draw arterial blood gas specimins. They do simple dressing changes, especially over trach sites, and they perform focused assessments before and after administering breathing treatments and respiratory medications.

    However, I seriously doubt the OP is giving tube feedings, inserting nasogastric tubes, caring for nephrostomy tubes, applying ileostomy bags, performing urinary catheter care, or performing the full range of nursing skills in the RT role. Generally, people don't know what they don't know.
    I didn't know the OP was an RT.Sorry.
    Last edit by loriangel14 on Mar 6, '13
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    Quote from loriangel14
    You do all those things and you are not a nurse?

    You would still be required to do the clinical portion of nursing school.
    Yes I do all those. And I'm not above doing clinical rotations. Im all for it. Clinical rotations can be scheduled around 12 hour rotating shifts. Classroom attendance usually can't.

    All I'm saying is there are RN, NP, PA and other programs online with local clinical assignments, why not an LPN program?
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    Quote from MAnders1405

    Yes I do all those. And I'm not above doing clinical rotations. Im all for it. Clinical rotations can be scheduled around 12 hour rotating shifts. Classroom attendance usually can't.

    All I'm saying is there are RN, NP, PA and other programs online with local clinical assignments, why not an LPN program?
    Why not do RN through excelsior? If you're a RT, you are eligible.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Respiratory therapists have a decent scope of practice in many states. Where I live, they perform sticks to arteries to draw arterial blood gas specimins. They do simple dressing changes, especially over trach sites, and they perform focused assessments before and after administering breathing treatments and respiratory medications.

    However, I seriously doubt the OP is giving tube feedings, inserting nasogastric tubes, caring for nephrostomy tubes, applying ileostomy bags, performing urinary catheter care, or performing the full range of nursing skills in the RT role. Generally, people don't know what they don't know.
    Ok just so you all know, I am an RRT, CPFT, AE-C. I work in a 30 bed Trauma center emergency dept. I do all of the following every shift...

    All respiratory duties to include intubation
    Accuchecks
    Nose/throat swabs
    EKG
    IV insertion
    Phlebotomy
    Orthostatic vital signs
    Splinting
    Patient transport
    Foley catheter insertion
    OG insertion
    Patient assessment
    Suture assist
    Wound care
    Holter monitor placement
    Radial A line insertion

    I am one of 10 RTs that are trained to do this.


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