If you are not yet licensed as a nurse (whether RN or LPN/LVN), gaining initial licensure online is almost non-existent. I believe there may be a few newer programs out there where you do your bookwork online, but you still have massive amounts of clinical hours to satisfy. If you are looking to become a nurse without having to put in time during traditional weekday working hours (M-F 8-5), you may find no options available. The only "online" initial licensure programs I am aware of are through Western Goveror's University, and it is for RN only and is only available in a few states (www.wgu.edu
), and University of Texas at Arlington (www.uta.edu
). You might look at their programs to see how the clinicals work. I have never heard of an online LVN/LPN program. I won't say they don't exist, I have just never heard of one. The problem you will ultimately face is the clinical aspect. No matter when or how you do the book work, you can't be licensed as a "nurse" until you have burned through hundreds of clinical hours. There could possibly be programs out there that allow for clinicals and classes to be done at night or on weekends. Again, I am not specifically aware of any, but I suppose it is possible. I don't kow if WGU or UTA allow you to do clinicals at night or on weekends (that would be a good question to ask them). Sorry, I hope this helps. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the profession and the rigorous work it takes to get into the profession, it is very difficult to become a nurse without going the traditional route (class and clinicals M-F 8-5). I, and I assume most other nurses, worked evenings, nights, and weekends while in school. As far as LVN/LPN versus RN, you defiitely want to get your RN. Being a career LVN/LPN is going to continue to be more challenging with fewer job opportunities outside clinics and long-term-care. I started as an LVN (1 full year of school), and then was able to transition to RN online. So, that is a reasonable route. But, I still had to give up my day job and work nights in order to get that LVN done. Good luck, hope this helps.