Is there enough time?

  1. How long do the LPN programs run? I've heard about a year is that right?
    My CC has a two to three semester waiting list to get into the RN program, so I was thinking of finishing my pre-reqs to get on the waiting list, and then doing an LPN program while waiting. Is this a good idea? Has anyone done this?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Jules A
    Hi,
    If you can get into the RN program with only a 2 or 3 semester wait I would consider finishing the pre-reqs for the RN program which might take you about that amount of time anyway. If that wasn't what you meant and you have 3 empty semesters when all your pre-reqs are finished I would say go for the LPN in the meantime. Good luck with whatever you decide. Jules
  4. by   EthnicBeauty
    Thank you, that's exactly what I meant. I would hate to wait the three semesters not progressing. Once I get the ball rolling I hate to wait it out! :uhoh21: Do you know how long the LPN program is? I've looked it up online and can't seem to find any information. The search engines are geting rather irritating, they keep giving me University of Phoenix and I know for a fact that UOP doesn't even offer an LPN course, it's a RN-BSN course. I know that b/c I used to work for them.
  5. by   lilypad2424
    I would def. reccomend getting into an LPN program if you can. I'm in Houston, and the program I am in is 1 calendar year (3 semesters.) For me personally, it is working out very well. From what i understand, the ADN program is EXTREMELY intense. So if you have to work to support yourself and your family, it can be very stressful. I decided that although it will take me a about 6 months longer to be an RN, it's going to benefit me in the long run as far as finances and stress factor go. It just depends on where you are in your personal life. If I were 20, I would have tried to get into a BSN program. Anyway, good luck to you!
  6. by   luv4nursing
    It depends on how long it takes to get admitted to the LPN program, but I found it was the best option for me and if may be for u as well. The LPN program is normally 1 year if full time and 18 months if part time. It is a good idea to go ahead and get the RN pre reqs out of the way so you can apply to the bridge program right away when you graduate. Normally there isnt a waiting list for the bridge program bc there are less applicants.

    I did exactly what you are trying to do, only I still had a couple of pre reqs to complete when I graduated the LPN program. I graduated last September and I start the bridge in a couple of weeks! I was able to work and make a pretty good living as an LPN (I made close to 45k this year, doubling my previous salary) while I finished my pre reqs and while I complete my RN. It will be so much less stressful bc money wont be an issue. Im really glad I chose this route. Im learning that new grad RNs arent making much more than Im making now as an LPN, which is a little discouraging, but I know getting my RN will give me more options and opportunities. More money will come later! Good luck in whatever you decide!
  7. by   EthnicBeauty
    Quote from luv4nursing
    It depends on how long it takes to get admitted to the LPN program, but I found it was the best option for me and if may be for u as well. The LPN program is normally 1 year if full time and 18 months if part time. It is a good idea to go ahead and get the RN pre reqs out of the way so you can apply to the bridge program right away when you graduate. Normally there isnt a waiting list for the bridge program bc there are less applicants.

    I did exactly what you are trying to do, only I still had a couple of pre reqs to complete when I graduated the LPN program. I graduated last September and I start the bridge in a couple of weeks! I was able to work and make a pretty good living as an LPN (I made close to 45k this year, doubling my previous salary) while I finished my pre reqs and while I complete my RN. It will be so much less stressful bc money wont be an issue. Im really glad I chose this route. Im learning that new grad RNs arent making much more than Im making now as an LPN, which is a little discouraging, but I know getting my RN will give me more options and opportunities. More money will come later! Good luck in whatever you decide!

    Thank you all for your replies, I'm so excited about moving forward and being able to support myself and my son. I'm living with my mother because I just finished going through a divorce. I'm so glad to hear that you are able to make 45k a year being an LPN! In CA it's so hard to find work where you can support yourself but with this I think I can, at least I'll be close!

    Oh yea. . I loved your Myspace page luv4nursing; I have some of the same quotes on my page

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