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- by Health-Nut Jan 12, '10I was looking into several Nursing school programs and recieved a booklet regarding mineral area college. I am confused because there are a couple of option and one just makes no sense to me. You can eith go the regular Rn route or do the LPN-RN route I was told you'll take the boards to become a LPN then brige into the RN program? What wouln't this cost more and take longer? can anyone explain this to me? has anyone been through the Mineral Area College program the NCLEX scores on the Nursing board seem to be really good I really like the school but Im a little confused andit will be a week before I can get into the advising meeting. If any Nurse is a grad from this school please clear this up for me! Thanks So much!
- Jan 14, '10 by ldmills112Despite MAC being a small school, the nursing program has a very good reputation, and admission is quite competitive. There's no waitlist. Each round of admissions is a clean slate, and they fill the available slots with the top applicants according to their GPA, placement exam scores, and recommendations. I know people who have applied a few years in a row before getting in. That's where the difference in the 2 routes comes in. Both take the same time - 2 years. But the RN program has higher admissions standards than the LPN program. Most people apply to both, hoping to get into the RN. If you don't quite make the cut but do get accepted to the LPN program, you can complete the LPN, then "bridge" and join the 2nd year RN class if spots are available (i.e. if people drop out, etc.). Another, less common reason to go the LPN route is financial: finish in 1 year, then work part-time as an LPN while completing the RN bridge.
- Apr 26, '10 by chordringerI will be graduating from MAC in a few days and agree with what the last person said, aside from the 'if you don't make the cut, you can do the PN program.' Being a student that went the PN-RN route, I have to say that I wouldn't have done it any other way. It takes the same amount of time to complete the RN, if you struggle with the second year of the RN program, you are still an LPN instead of losing ground and having to start over again. What's further is the articulation of Med-Surg nursing credit to the sophomore year if you complete the PN Med-Surg nursing class with a B or better. What this means is that you don't have to attend all of the lecture, your clinical experiences are abbreviated and you get the choice of working immediately in an ER or ICU setting in the fall section of Med-Surg, while the traditional RN students are completing their med-surg floor clinical classes.
Additionally, I was able to work fulltime as an LPN while attending the last year of the program, gaining practical experience that makes me more marketable to employers than grad nurses with only clinical experiences on their resumes. In some cases, I was offered a higher starting salary than my traditional student counterparts for having the LPN experience.
The program IS comprehensive, but this also attributes to substantial success in NCLEX pass rates. Employers in the area readily seek MAC grads because they know how rigourous the program truly is.