Hi there! First of all congrats on almost finishing! Be very proud of yourself.
As for myself, I am starting the LVN-Rn Bridge in a couple of weeks here in So Cal (LA). First and foremost, most schools
here require 6 months of work experience as an LVN to enter the bridge and cannot apply until this and all pre-reqs are done (nothing can be "in progress"). Most schools do have a relatively short wait list but it really depends on how well their students are doing in the generic RN program. I mean by this, most schools do not cater to or have a specific LVN to RN program. We take a semester of a Bridge course and then have to wait to see if a student fails or drops out before a seat opens in the 3rd semester of the generic program. At that point we are integrated into the generic program.
Be careful cuz each school has very different pre-reqs and application deadlines. Most I found to accept aps twice a year with the exception of Antelope Valley, they take aps and start classes year round. COC, accepts aps twice a year but only offers the Bridge Program in the Spring once a year, and only if they have enough qualified applicants. Some schoold require Chem, Soc, LifeSpan Development where others do not.
I started the application process last year this time. I applied at COC, Pasadena and Antelope Valley. There is a new entrance exam to be taken called the TEAS that must be done. I was accepted in to all 3 but had to declined due my getting pregnant. I reapplied only to COC (I failed to mention, I got accepted but they stated I had to reapply for Spring since the BRidge wouldn't be offered for Fall) in the Fall for Spring. I got accepted. I now start in 2 weeks.
COC told me that I will continue all the way through - enter 3rd semester in Fall of 2010. However, there are many cases that although you get accepted in to the Bridge portion, people had to wait a semester or 2 before they entered the 3rd semester (again having to wait for a previous student to either fail or drop out).
I hope this info helps! If you have any questions, please let me know! Good luck and again Congrats!!!
P.S. I am glad I've been a LVN for the past 6 years. However, getting in to the Bridge isn't as easy as everyone tells you when you sign up for the LVN program. Remain positive, get your experience and you'll do well!!!! : )