Were you accepted on your first try?

  1. Hello LPN's-

    I will be applying this fall to hopefully get into LPN school for Fall '08. I'll be applying to 3-4 different programs, and I'll be getting certified this summer as a nursing assistant. Did you get into LPN school on your first try applying? The schools I'm applying to are private, and although they are expensive, they don't have any pre-reqs- they just require that you write an essay on why you want to be an LPN, take a pre-entrance test, and have a HS diploma. I didn't do too well in HS, only had a 2.3 GPA because I slacked off and am regretting it now....I now have a 3.7 GPA in college, but I'm hoping the fact that I didn't do well in high school won't hurt me. I know that it's a little easier to get into an LPN program, rather than an RN school- but just wondering if you guys got in on your first try? :uhoh21:
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   MJHarper
    I was accepted on my first try but there was a waiting period due to so many people enrolling for the practical nursing program at my former school. I just completed the Practical Nursing program in December and now am a LPN and will soon start work.

    You are doing the right thing going for Practical Nursing first ,then if you wish to further your education and become a RN you can get in the LPN to RN bridge program at your local college allowing you to skip your first semester and only requiring a year to complete the RN program instead of 2 years for the ASN or you could work as a LPN and take the classes totally online through RueEd.com to get your RN. Hope this helps. Good luck.

    Jayne
  4. by   Jules A
    Yes, I applied to a community college program and got in first try. It was pretty cheap so you might want to look into your local cc. You will have to have all the pre-reqs done if you want to continue in school anyway so I thought it was beneficial to have them done right from the start. Good luck, Jules
    P.S. As far as I know Rue is not a nursing program, only a book supplier.
  5. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    many moons ago I was not accepted to my first LVN school. I made the second one but only because someone dropped and I was an alternate.
  6. by   MJHarper
    Rue Education is a research and development firm that supplies focused learning materials for nursing and general education standardized exams, which can be used to earn credits toward an accredited nursing degree. Rue is not affiliated or endorsed by the National League for Nursing or Excelsior College.

    I know that RueEd is not a nursing program, but they do help you to reach your goal of becoming a RN on your own time. This program makes it easier I think for a LPN to be able to work full time and to study in her spare time to prepare for Rue exams.

    Most states accept RN's that have taken the exams through RueEd.

    www.rueed.com
    Last edit by MJHarper on Mar 9, '07 : Reason: wanted to make it clear about what RueEd does.
  7. by   CTstudent
    Yes I got in with my first try. They only copied my high school diploma so I don't think you have to worry about transcripts. Why not try to get in fall of this year?
  8. by   12breakfree
    You know what since I was denied to my RN program, I might consider switching to LPN. That's maybe a good idea. Is it fast to do that way bridging LPN to RN?
  9. by   PedsRN-07
    I did get accepted on my first try and it was also the only program that I applied at ... I will be done in May 07 and will apply to the LPN-RN program to start for 2008
  10. by   TheCommuter
    I applied to a private, vo-tech LVN program and was accepted on the first attempt. Basically, the private schools are concerned with your ability to fund the tuition, and your test scores on their entrance exams. They don't look closely at high school performance. Rather, they simply need proof that you completed high school (diploma or GED).
  11. by   DreamyEyes
    Thanks for all your replies, they were really helpful. The reason why I'm not applying for this fall is because I want to work full-time for awhile as a CNA once I get certified this summer, so I can save more money plus get a little more experience.
  12. by   Gromit
    This is going to sound like a stupid question, but its really bugging me. Just WHAT is an LVN? I know what an LPN is, I know what an RN is, but while I see the letters LVN a lot, I have no idea what a 'vocational' nurse is. What is the difference between that and the other two? Where do they fit in? What can they do (or not do ) ?
    thanks!!
  13. by   DreamyEyes
    Gromit-

    I believe that LVN is the same thing as LPN....they just call LPN's "Licensed Vocational Nurses" in Texas and California....someone correct me if I'm wrong.
  14. by   Gromit
    Thanks DreamyEyes. From what little I've been able to find on the net, thats kind of what I was thinking.

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