NYC LPN Schools -- comments or thoughts

  1. I've finally decided that I am going to change my career to nursing. I'm nervous and excited all together. I am looking at schools right now and would like any advice on them. I have all the brochures and paperwork on the schools. What I need most is personal feedback from current students or graduates of the program.

    I am looking at:

    1. School of Nursing St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center

    2. LaGuardia Community College

    3. Queens Borough Community College

    4. Philips Beth Israel School of Nursing


    Your feedback is GREATLY appreciated!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   akanini
    Sorry if I can't give that much information but my mother graduated from St Vincents.
    She was an LPN before going there and loved the school. She said it was very intense.
    You take your general Ed. classes at Queensbourough Community College. She did
    mention that they are now accepting people with a few sciences already since you
    take the general ed. and nursing classes concurrently. I was told by a fellow student that Queensborough has a waiting list and only takes the top applicants for the nursing program after completing the prereqs.
  4. by   Wi5eguy
    Uh Queensborough doesnt have a LPN program, only a RN program.
    I go to that school, and if they had one, i would have already applied lol.
  5. by   akanini
    Quote from Wi5eguy
    Uh Queensborough doesnt have a LPN program, only a RN program.
    I go to that school, and if they had one, i would have already applied lol.
    So funny you put this because when I saw the thread it said "LPN". However, out of the four schools listed, I think only 1 has a LPN program so I just figured the thread starter made a mistake in the listing!!!!
  6. by   ksincali
    Quote from akanini
    So funny you put this because when I saw the thread it said "LPN". However, out of the four schools listed, I think only 1 has a LPN program so I just figured the thread starter made a mistake in the listing!!!!
    Am I mistaken? I was under the impression that if a school offered a nursing program than that meant it was an LPN program. If you want to become an RN, then you go transfer to a 4-year institution to get your RN or BSN. I am confused now. Can anyone please shed some light between going to an LPN vs. Nursing program? Aren't they the same? What about CNA Certification?

    Also, which was the school of the four that offers the LPN Program?

    Thanks to all!
  7. by   Wi5eguy
    lol, it happens its all confusing at first. The only school that you listed that i know for a FACT has an LPN program, is Laguardia community college. I actually posted a separate post yesterday inquiring about the admission process for Laguardia... but anyways...

    Community colleges (2yrs) do having nursing programs but its RN. You could either get an associates (C.C) or bachelors(4 Yr school) in it.


    To become an LPN, it would say a certificate in Practical Nursing.
    This site has all the schools that offer LPN programs:
    http://www.op.nysed.gov/nurseprogs-lpn.htm#metro

    PM me if you get info, or decide where you want to go. I'm in the same boat as you. lol
  8. by   neb4882
    Quote from Wi5eguy
    lol, it happens its all confusing at first. The only school that you listed that i know for a FACT has an LPN program, is Laguardia community college. I actually posted a separate post yesterday inquiring about the admission process for Laguardia... but anyways...

    Community colleges (2yrs) do having nursing programs but its RN. You could either get an associates (C.C) or bachelors(4 Yr school) in it.


    To become an LPN, it would say a certificate in Practical Nursing.
    This site has all the schools that offer LPN programs:
    http://www.op.nysed.gov/nurseprogs-lpn.htm#metro

    PM me if you get info, or decide where you want to go. I'm in the same boat as you. lol
    would you happen to know if the the high school listed for the lpn program offered in nyc , would they accept non-high school students as well. My high schoo, use to offer the lpn program but they phased it out a couple of years before I started high school and they put the cna major in its place.
  9. by   ksincali
    okay, so becoming an LPN only requires a diploma or certification, while becoming an RN would mean receiving an ADN or AAS in nursing?

    Putting that aside, I'm wondering if once gets certified as an LPN first WHILE they are in a two year program for RN? OR do you take two separate programs...graduate in one first then apply to the next one? I hope that made sense because I'm confused!
  10. by   ksincali
    lol nevermind:

    an lpn certificate can be completed in less than a year. some rn students become lpns after completing their first year of study. course work in the lpn program includes anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biology, chemistry, obstetrics, pediatrics, first aid as well as nursing classes.
    becoming an lpn is the fastest path to a nursing career. advancement can take many forms, but additional education is usually required.
    if you possess the traits necessary to become a successful nurse and want to secure a well paying, important profession caring for others, getting an lpn degree in nursing is a great way to secure your professional future.
  11. by   ksincali
    Licensed Practical Nursing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Following are a list of frequently asked questions about the profession of licenced practical nursing. If you have further questions, please contact the school nearest you.
    • Q1: What are the roles and resposibilites of a licenced practical nurse (LPN)?
    • Q2: What are the educational requirements necessary for the position?
    • Q3: What types of programs are there?
    • Q4: What is the approximate cost of an LPN education?
    • Q5: Do I receive a license upon completion of the program?
    • Q6: Will it be hard to find a job after I graduate?
    • Q7: Is becoming an LPN a stepping stone to a career as a registered nurse (RN)?
    • Q8: If I attend nursing scool in New York State, can I accept work in another state?

    Q1: What are the roles and resposibilities of a licensed practical nurse?

    Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide hands-on healtcare in settings such as hospitals, doctors offices, homes and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes. Practical nurses work under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses as members of the health care team. The nursing field is well-suited to caring, responsible people who enjoy helping others, possess good interpersonal skills and enjoy working in a team-oriented atmosphere.
    Q2: What are the educational requirements for the position?

    New York State requires that practical nurses complete an accredited nursing program lasting a minimum of nine (9) months. Programs are available at various educational institutions including two-year colleges and select high schools.
    Q3: What different types of programs are available?

    Nursing programs are available at a variety of schools. There are day, evening, full-time and part-time programs to fit virtually any schedule.
    Q4: What is the approximate cost of an LPN education?

    Expenses include tuition, books, uniforms and travel to school and clinical sites. In addition, you must have a physical exam and pay a moderate malpractice insurance fee. Prices vary according to schools, tuition ranges from $3,000 to $7,000. Individual schools can provide you with more exact costs for their programs.
    Q5: Do I receive a license immediately upon completion of nursing school?

    No, you must apply to the State Board for Nursing and pass the NCLEXPN exam.
    Q6: Will it be difficult to find a job after I graduate?

    The LPN job market is currently quite good. Still, employment opportunities vary by geographic area. We suggest reviewing the classified ads in your local newspapers for a few weeks. This will allow you to get a sense of the job market in your local area.
    Q7: Is becoming an LPN a stepping stone to a career as a registered nurse (RN)?

    Absolutely. There are many opportunities for LPNs to move up the education ladder to becoming an RN. Both associate's degree (ADN) and bachelor's degree (BSN) programs are widely available. Many even offer credit for your LPN education.
    Q6: If I attend nursing school in New York, will it be possible for me to take up employment in another state?

    Yes. Simply check the licensing requirements for the state you plan to work it. Feel free to use this list of state boards of nursing as a reference.
  12. by   Yellybeanz
    I am having trouble finding a nursing school in the NYC Metro area. Problem is : I attended Touro College, recieved my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Touro College Messed me up completely. I must say that the admissions people told me to not go to the Touro Nursing Department, that I needed to go after two years, Right when the 2 years were over, I went & wanted to Register to the Touro Nursing. THe lady said that its an Associates Program. I am Beyond ******. I am having difficulty with finding a school for 2011 (spring) because touro just finished the fall semester last Fri. So all schools that I try to contact already started the 2011 spring semester, making it too late to register. I certainly do not want to miss a whole semester, someone please help? It is very much appreciated.
  13. by   charismalpn2010
    NO you cannot become an LPN after 1st year in RN school nys no longer allows you to sit for the boards if you go to RN school those are the boards you sit for

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