Would It Be Better To Be A Lpn First, Then Go For Rn? - page 3

HI.. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE?? WOULD IT BE EASIER TO GO FOR LPN FIRST BEFORE JUMPING INTO RN PROGRAM?? IM NERVOUS ABOUT ALL THE MATH AND CHEMISTRY CLASSES FOR RN THEY SEEM TO BE REALLY HARD. SO... Read More

  1. by   MAmom81
    Quote from VickyRN
    At my former community college, LPN's could bridge into the 5-semester ADN program (if there was an open slot) in the third semester.
    My local CC is the same way, they have told me that once I finish the LVN program and pass my boards they will credit me 2 semesters of the RN program and all i have to do is take and pass the third semester of the RN program and pass my boards and I am a RN and that is a lot faster then doing the staright RN route.
  2. by   LPN4U
    At my CC where I completed and passed LPN. The ADN students seem to have a harder time with pharmocology b/c when they learn for example cardiac system they get all of the patho, s/s, disease processes and medication all at once. Where as the LPN students we get the pharmocology separate which dont confuse it, it is still hard but it makes learning the material easier. Now having that class as a separate entity going to the bridge program to the RN you have a more heads up approach to learning your meds.
  3. by   nickala7777
    i'm a scrub tech with 11 years experience and was told i can take the nclex, pass and challenge boards to get my lpn, then go on to take a lpn bridge program to get my asn. i live in cali and plan to stay here forever. does anyone know of a lpn bridge program that accepts those like me who are going the non-traditional way of getting my lpn? or are there any suggestions of a quicker, more efficent way of getting my asn?
  4. by   Fiona59
    Quote from dakotaalrick
    I am happy that your are in, I feel lik a yo yo I statrted my prequisites for RN ADN applied to the program and found out that I did not take biology or chemistry in HS. After all this time one year has passed and I am not in the program, when I finish these last 3 pre recs I will still be on the waiting list for the Rn program. I have decided to go for the LPN and then start working and in the midst of that go for my RN. I never realized it was this diffucult. I want to be a RN more that anything, I feel like I am going backward by going for the LPN, I just need to get my foot in the door, not getting any younger, 39 years old and still do not have a career
    How did you NOT know that you didn't take biology or chemistry in High School? Most people are still emotionally scarred by those courses.

    If you feel that you are "going backward by going for the LPN", I think you should forget about doing it. Focus on that almight RN diploma. Your attitude will show through when you are working as an LPN and will be evident in your patient care. I see it everyday at work and it's not pretty.
  5. by   dakotaalrick
    I have been out of HS for twenty years, I just looked a my HS transcript recently, I "assumed" that I took them. I applied for the Spring 2008 program and thats when they informed me that I didnt have it.

    I want to be a nurse RN, but in my situation I dont have the luxury of time like many people ( 39yrs old), I started my prereq for my ADN 3 semesters ago, now I am at a standstill. I have decided to go for my LPN so I can at least get my foot in the door and in the midst of that complete what ever prereqs is left and apply for the ADN program again. I know what I want it is jst frustrating at times hearing about the waiting list and all the negative stuff.
  6. by   lgamble
    I Am Looking For A School In Ct For Lpn's If Anbody Knows Of Any Or Schools Online Please Help.
  7. by   CRNA2007
    If your goal is to become an RN then why waste the money and time toward an LPN degree? Concentrate on the RN degree.
  8. by   HeartJulz
    depends on what state you are in ... try craigslist.org and weed thru all of the medical jobs .. if it will be worth it go for your LVN/LPN if you have ZERO medical background ... I eased myself into all of it ... nursing found me, I didnt find it ... so I wanted to make sure and started as a CMA then Phlebotomist and now I will finally be done w my LVN... I will just bridge to RN which is only 2 semesters ... I already took a lot of science pre reqs 6 yr ago ... all in all Im happy w my decision.. also there was a 4-5yr wait list for RN program ... still to this day my old co worker is still working for the same doctor and hasnt even begun her RN program .. still on the wait list... and now Im done w 16 mths of school and will be looking forward to getting the bridge done next yr ....
  9. by   lgamble
    i am already an medical office assistant for 8years and currently work as a medical biller but i am moving to connecticut in jan. 2008 and want to see if i can find a school up there to go to. i had found a school down here to go to in nyc for 9months to get my lpn do you know of any. help please
  10. by   Fiona59
    Quote from CRNA2007
    If your goal is to become an RN then why waste the money and time toward an LPN degree? Concentrate on the RN degree.
    Not everyone can afford four years at university. The Pn Diploma guarantees an income for people who can't afford to do it.

    Plus, it will also weed out those who think they want to be a nurse and suddenly find that dealing with the human body and its functions isn't what they really want to do.

    Education in any form is NEVER a waste of money.
  11. by   itsmyturn
    Yeah, I have to waste my money and go the LPN route because I am not able to go to a 4 yr university like some here, lucky you. The LPN route for me was about being able to take it slow by being able to get a job, hone my skills and go back for that R.N. degree like the rest of you and be able to pay for it without having loans. I have not worked anywhere but home in the last twenty years, let alone attend school, so I need time to get back into the swing of things instead of throwing myself out there and setting myself up for failure which will happen if I go the R.N. route right now. I know me. I may have to throw an extra 5000 out the window but I agree...money on any type of education is never a waste...I will make just as good a nurse as those who can get their R.N way before me. And, if I have my LPN, I won't have to go through so much stress about the waiting list that those who are trying to get into R.N. school fret over...where I live, LPNs get first priority over new students who have never been in a medical profession. That is certainly worth the extra money to me all by itself!
  12. by   Tweety
    Quote from itsmyturn
    LPNs get first priority over new students who have never been in a medical profession. That is certainly worth the extra money to me all by itself!
    Everyone has good and valid reasons for going LPN to RN or straight to RN. We all must do what we feel is best for our situation.

    Your last sentence isn't making much sense to me because someone without medical experience will start and the beginning. LPNs don't get in the same program as them, so it's two programs and two separate waiting lists (or no waiting lists).

    Here there are waiting lists for LPNs and RN schools with the LPN being shorter, and the LPN to RN doesn't have a waiting list at all. So many people are choosing the LPN route to get it done quicker.
  13. by   deleern
    Look at what is available in your area, Where I live the only route is Lpn to RN at the community College, unless I wanted to drive 3 hours a day to the university. I am going to continue on for my BSN or do the RN to Masters. with available online programs. But I am an RN. and that is what maters.

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