OK - can we have some clarification? When the OP refers to a "private" school, does this mean a commercial (for-profit) school? I am assuming this is the case. FYI, y'all, there are 2 types of traditional (not-for-profit) schools
- "public", which means they are tax supported, and "private" which means they are privately funded but still not-for-profit... like church-based schools. OK?
The issue with LVN/LPN schools is that many of them are "clock hour" programs instead of "college credit" programs. Both are OK, and prepare students to sit for licensure exams. However, there is no 'automatic' transfer of credits for clock hour programs...because the program has to be analyzed by the receiving school (RN program) to see how much college credit can be issued. This can be a complex process, and some schools are just not willing to do it so they may require you to start from ground zero when it comes to clinical. Other schools may arrange some sort of CLEP process so that you can demonstrate LVN competency/knowledge in a way that allows you to have a more advanced clinical placement than students without an LVN. Confusing?? Sorry.
Some LVN/LPN schools have pre-existing "articulation" programs with RN schools. These are usually programs that are based in a community college system. If you go to one of these programs, it is much easier to move up the 'education ladder' by enrolling into the RN program that they have an agreement with