Need advice

  1. Hello, I am currently a lpn looking to further my education. I need a little advice on which route to take. While maintaining a house hold of 3 small children. I have at least work 24 hours a week while attending school.To get my RN. My options are:

    1. Jersey college: no entrance exam. Expensive. Offers fulltime and part time schedule. Financial aid will cover cost of attendance.
    2. St. Johns River state college: Required entrance exam , must receive a 90 on both math and reading. Have to pay tuition out of pocket. Offers hybrid classes and part time schedule. Tuition affordable.
    3. Excelosior college: offered online classes. Have to pay out of pocket. Can move at own pace. Cpne wait time is long. I'm afraid of failing cpne.

    Thank you in advance
  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   OrganizedChaos
    Have you looked at #1s & #2s NCLEX pass rates? Are they accredited?
  4. by   BSNbeDONE
    Excelsior College accepts financial aid for the course-based option. If you're looking to take exams only, yes, you would have to pay out of pocket. As for failing the CPNE, you receive a study guide that should guide your preparation, plus there are quite a few CPNE workshops available. Your fear of failing the CPNE should not carry anymore weight than the fear of failing local clinicals or any other exam.

    The CPNE wait-time would be the only deterrence for me, today. But the bright side of it is that given the wait-time, there is no good reason for not being totally prepared come test day.

    I may be mistaken, but isn't it a requirement that LPNs now have two years of work experience prior to being approved for their LPN-to-RN program? I'll have to check into that. I could be mistaken.

    ***I was mistaken. You must have 200 hours or more of work experience prior to your submission of the Verification of Healthcare Experience.
    Last edit by BSNbeDONE on Oct 4, '17 : Reason: Clarification