maddmaddie 1,020 Views
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I'm currently one semester away from completing my LVN/LPN program here in California. I would like to move back up to Alaska as soon as possible and hopefully take the UAA offered LPN to AAS RN program. My current school offers a similar program, but like I said, I would rather be in Alaska.
So my question is, how does the distance learning portion of the program operate? Do they have a specific number of students that they allow in regardless of the site, or do they allocate a certain number for their distance learning sites? Are a certain amount of hours required at the UAA campus or is it possible to complete the entire program stationed out of Ketchikan for example.
Thanks for any insight possible!
Haven't been on this website in awhile!!
Well, I ended getting my LPN license and I've been accepted into the UAA LPN to RN bridge program immediately after I graduated LPN school. After fall and spring semesters, I'll graduate as a RN in May of 2014! Yay! I didn't have to move out of state.
Thanks for your input. I'm really glad I went for my LPN first, it really sped up the process and I didn't have to be put on a waiting list.
The most important thing to get into the AAS at UAA is the PAX test, students are accepted based on points system. And that test can give you up to 10 points which is alot!
I took test and I can say it SUCKS! It has NOTHING to do with nursing or the medical field which doesn't make sense why they would use that test. I applied to the ADN program in Kenai and wasn't accepted (they take 12 students and over 40 applied). I ended up completing the LPN program through AVTEC and got accepted into the LPN to RN bridge program immediately, no waiting! (UAA accepts up to 12 LPN students and only 5 applied this year, so we all got in because there was no competition). Once I complete this fall and spring semesters I will graduate as a RN May of 2014. :-)
Alaska LPN (new grad).
$18 an hr at Flu Clinic. $18 an hr at Urgent Care Clinic. $28 an hr at employee health clinic (all PRN jobs).....it all depends where you work. I know state jobs pay ALOT more for LPNs, around $26 starting wage for LPNs if you work at a jail or state nursing home.
But I'm not too worried about the wage, I just want the experience to make my resume' look good for when I graduate as a RN in May 2014.
I know this is a older post back in 2011, its now 2013 haha. But here is my story...
I finished my 2 years of nursing prerequisites for the associates program in Kenai, Alaska in 2012. I applied to the local college nursing program but wasn't accepted (they only accept 12 students every year and over 50 applied). That's when I started looking into the LPN program, I applied to AVTEC and was accepted into the August 2012 program right away. I was given a 3 week notice and I had to find a sane roommate in Anchorage to live with, find a job, get all my stuff up here, start school and figure out how I was going to survive the program. It was tough, the first 6 months were 5 days a week 8 hour days which was almost impossible to work! Most of my classmates were on unemployment including myself. The last 4 months (11 months total) where 3 days a week of clinical, which was fun. I graduated in June 2013, applied to the bridge program at UAA and was accepted immediately. UAA accepts up to 12 LPN students for the bridge program and only 5 applied so we all got in. No competition!!! If you have graduated as a LPN within the last 3 years (I think its 3 years, don't quote me on this), you can skip the first 2 semesters of RN school. I only have to complete this fall and spring semesters and I will graduate as a RN May of 2014.
Benefits of becoming a LPN first:
1. LPN school is harder. I just survive a 11 month condensed accelerated program from hell. RN school is now a piece of cake! I only have class Mondays and Wednesdays. And once I start clinicals, the Monday class will drop and my schedule will be Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays! OMG! So easy, I actually have time to study!
2. The experience and higher wage. Because I am working a LPN job throughout nursing school, once I graduate as a RN I will be hired much faster compared to my classmates who have no medical experience, AND at a higher pay (Employers count the number of years of nursing experience into hired wage). I only know this because I've talked to many RNs at my work who used to be a LPN and they told me they were hired onto the job at a higher pay compared to their colleagues who didn't have previous nursing experience.
3. Better appreciation for the the little people. RNs who worked as a CNA and LPN know what its like to be at that level and have a better appreciation for the whole medical team. :-)
I am viewing my college options and am willing to move to where ever I'm accepted into a nursing program. I currently live in Alaska, but if I am denied from all schools up here I will start to apply to schools else where. I was looking at Colorado or maybe Idaho, but don't know which school to apply to or look at. Any recommendations or input?
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