Hello to all in this thread!
I am an RN, but I was an LPN for 14 years (I just took Nclex-passed). I did an LPN to RN bridge program, but what might be helpful to anyone interested is that a program called WIA (Work force Investment Act), administerd via local state run employement centers covers almost all of the cost of school. At one time it used to be called JTPA. Anyway, if you are eligible, the program covers cost of tuition, books, and certain fees (covers nclex). It is available to lpns (I was in the program) and it was wonderful. WIA is available to LPN and ADN programs.
To the CMAs here, I encourage you consider the RN program. Just like sentiments expressed that you work alongside LPNs and make less, so will you as an LPN make less than the RNs for the same work. It took me 13 years to get to this point.
The LPN to RN bridge I went to involved finishing all pre reqs for the program- about a years worth (although it took almost 3 for me) of study full time, and a summer course that is a synopsis of the first two semesters. If sucsessful, you enter the third semester with all the other general nursing students (OB and Peds in my program). The bridge program is a year start to finish. You do, however need a year of clinical experience in a hospital or similar setting to get in. You can do this while getting your pre-reqs done.
Good Luck to all!