Quote from naly.sayavong
I live in the Los Angeles area and I know it takes forever to get into the RN programs, is it worth going the LVN route to get in faster? I ask because I feel like going that route I won't have to deal with the lottery system or any wait lists but i'm unsure because at the same time I feel like it may be a waste of time and money, it doesn't really make things faster since I still have to do my pre-reqs but would be a faster way into the actual RN program once I complete all the pre-reqs. What do you think?
It may or not may be faster. Some bridge programs require you have LVN work experience before you can apply. Citrus College is one that I know that requires at least one year of LVN work experience. Also, not all bridge programs will necessarily bypass a lottery/waitlist system. I know Mt SAC's bridge program is a waitlist, although I do believe they are changing their regular ADN program from waitlist to points based. I don't know if the same will apply to the bridge program.
I took the LVN to ADN route because I too did not have any pre-requisites completed when I decided to go into nursing. I figured that these were my options if everything worked out as expected:
1) take my pre-reqs for a year, do an ADN program program for 2 years, do an RN-BSN program for a year (4 years to BSN, 1 year of RN work experience)
2) take an LVN program for a year, work as an LVN while I take my pre-reqs for a year, do an ADN bridge program for a year, do an RN-BSN program for a year (4 years to BSN, 2 years LVN experience, 1 year RN experience)
3) take pre-reqs for a year, do an accelerated BSN program for 2 years (3 yrs to BSN, but still only 1 year RN experience after 4 years)
All 3 options would take the same amount of time for me to have a BSN with one year of RN experience under my belt. I chose going option 2 because it allowed me to be able to work in the field faster (as an LVN) and I could work and pay my way through each step, unlike the aBSN route, which would require me to take out student loans. Right now I'm on track as planned and currently attending an LVN-ADN bridge program, expecting to graduate in late May.
Of course there are a lot of other factors too that allowed me to go with this route. For example, I was able to get into a competitive adult school for my LVN, which allowed me to be able to pay for it out of pocket. I was able to get pre-reqs on schedule because I already had some sort of priority in registration from having taken my GEs for my BA from my CC. I had connections that pretty much guaranteed that I was going to have some sort of LVN job after graduation.
In a nutshell, it really depends on your specific situation on whether or not going the LVN to RN route would be faster/better for you. You need to do some more research on the LVN and RN programs that you're interested in.