Quote from Shavon3
after doing some research, I came to the conclusion that I want to attend a university after LPN school and earn my BSN instead of bridging to RN. it's VERY hard to find LPN-RN bachelor programs. I heard there was one at Maryville University but I don't believe and couldn't get many answers from calling their Nursing department so I just decided to get my LPN and go for my BSN. I've already completed majority of my prereqs for BSN programs and after calculating time that I'll spend receiving an ADN and then going for my BSN would be 4 years and a total waste of time that I don't have to waste. Barnes has a 2.5 year BSN program that I could apply to and earn my BSN that way. I would like opinions and suggestions about it and referrals to LPN-BSN programs. thank so much !
This is what I did many years ago instead of trying to bridge. After 30 years of being an LPN, I started taking pre req classes for my BSN at a local private non profit school that had been around a long time with an excellent reputation. I then applied to the nursing program as a non traditional student and was accepted. I did get tuition reimbursement from the hospital which helped a little bit, but it was based on tuition at the local state school that was much cheaper than the private univeristy where I went. I was given no credit for any of my LPN coursework or experience except my critical care rotation (I was a full time MICU nurse at the time). It would have taken me the about three years to finish after my prereqs were done. I ended up droping out right before my last semester because my husband got sick. After my husband died, I decided not to finish my BSN or become an RN,but decided to go into semi retirement and cut back my hours to 8 budgeted hours a week and spend more time with my family. I have no regrets about not finsihg my BSN, given that I was at the end of my full time nursing career. I loved being an LPN, but I love my family more and life is short.
I was pushing 60 when I droped out of school. Had I been ten years younger, I would have finished without question. If you have taken all of the prereqs, including the math and science, then it won't take you a full four years. The best thing to do is to call and talk to a real person instead of looking online at "LPN to RN BSN" programs and explain your situation. I would avoid the for profit colleges that advertise "online learning" as they are expensive and often leave students in a lot of debt. Check into your local state school or non profit private college.
It is very important to get that BSN. I had 54 wonderful years as an LPN, most of that time in critical care nursing. That BSN will give you the options you need to work in any area you wish.
Best to you,