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An LVN to RN bridge program that I'm (somewhat) familiar with generally requires that LVNs work at at least 6 months as an LVN before they are eligible to apply to the program. I think it's partly so that you have finished your orientation and are able to begin functioning on your own. I also think that an unspoken reason is to prevent LVN grads from from going immediately into the LVN-RN program and overloading the very few seats they have available. I figure that someone that's been working for a year may find it difficult to either quit or get their work schedule to accommodate the school schedule, which also would have the effect of slowing down LVN-RN program enrollment. They're not allowed to discontinue the program and they do need to be able to find sufficient seats for the students in the bridge class.
If you're in an LPN program, you get your LPN after passing the NCLEX-PN. Then you can enroll in an LPN to ASN/BSN transition program. You must complete that before you can take the NCLEX-RN which you need to become an RN. The length of time that it takes is however long it takes to get into the program, and then to finish the program. Yes you can work as an LPN while finishing your ASN/BSN.
"RN" and "LPN" are not degrees. You finish the LPN program and pass NCLEX-PN, and then you're an LPN.I think what you're looking at is a year (at least) in school to finish an LPN-to-RN program.
In answer to your question, of course you can pursue further education towards an ADN (or BSN) while working as an LPN after you pass NCLEX-PN. As long as it takes.
If, for example, Bippity-boppity-boo! Your fairy godmother magically speeds up time and you finish a whole ADN program in six weeks (with honors! congratulations!) and then you pass NCLEX-RN right away, then you're an RN. Or it might take you two or three years. There's nothing magic about the 12 months, though.
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