I'm about to start my LPN program and plan on bridging after wards. I live in West Virginia and have been researching programs, and there are a few. However all but one is ASN. So far I have found one LPN to BSN program, which is about 8 hours from where I live.
Has anyone here taken a bridge program to BSN? I'm trying to figure out what would make more sense, even though I'm sure my situation could change by the time I get my LPN.
The BSN program sounds great, but I have a daughter and don't know how the commute would work, and don't know how well relocating would work. I could bridge to ASN then bridge to BSN. Would that take more time? Would it make more sense to bridge from ASN to MSN? (You can do that right?)
Also, do normal BSN programs sometimes let LPNs take an accelerated path?
I'm still researching things an would love some opinions and advice.
Apr 13, '13
From my understanding the BSN is only a few classes more then the ASN and it can be classes taken online (no clinicals). So if your closest BSN bridge program is 8 hours away and you have a child, I'd suggest doing the ASN then just maybe take a few online courses to get the BSN.. if that's an option for you.
Apr 13, '13
I agree with the above. If going straight to the BSN is not a feasible option due to distance, then wait. I will caution you against choosing right now, anyhow. LPN school is intense, especially with other obligations (such as children), and you may find that only committing to an additional year of school before taking a break may be beneficial. Everyone is different, and you may not have as many stressors as I did- but most of our class was accepted into a new bridge program launched right after graduation, and only 3 did it. The rest of us were either drained, studying for the NCLEX-PN, or needing to start working full time. One actually sat the NCLEX-RN and passed. It's ok to go in steps, and it's awesome you're planning on going on. Also, once you get your associate degree you will have plenty of choices for getting your BSN and you may qualify for tuition assistance. Either way, congratulations on getting into nursing school, and I wish you the best!
Apr 13, '13
Thanks for the advice!
I know my situation may change and all, I just feel like I should get some research out of the way first. Especially if there is anything I can do to knock off some of my credits while in LPN school.
Once again thank you guys so much, I just don't know where to start with researching and google is giving me so many results it's hard to find anything truly relevant.
Apr 14, '13
Are you going to a CC or tech school? If a CC then you probably will already have your prerequisites for your RN. If a tech school, then look at the local CC for generalist studies and you can start with any of those English, math or science courses and knock them out while you await your RN studies. That is pretty standard cross the board. As long as you're smarter than I am and don't let the majority of them expire then you'll be in great shape! Lol!
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