Get my adn or lpn? Newbie here - page 3

Hello nurses and future nurses..... So I am here finally posting after lurking the boards for quite some time now..... Ahhhhh! Feels great anyways! I am dealing with a huge toss up between going... Read More

  1. by   NotAllWhoWandeRN
    Quote from AutumnFutureNurse
    Awesome! Thanks I keep hearing a lot about wgu acter the fact.. What exactly is that? Thank you again for the great advice I will be talking to my local community college tomorrow.
    WGU is an online university that offers an RN-BSN. You pay a flat rate per semester and self-pace your classes, so it works well for independent learners who have time to make the most of a semester.

    Regarding another comment, you came to a nursing forum asking questions that we cannot fully answer because each college and region is different. You were given an honest and well-intentioned response. People here will be frank with you; think twice before insulting them.
  2. by   AutumnFutureNurse
    I went to my local community college today & the nursing program there is indeed 24 months 52 credits are needed to finish. 4 additional pre reqs are needed to enter a long with your hesi. Program cost is 9,000 that's with everything included.
  3. by   freesia29
    I got the LPN first, I could do it part time and didn't want to commit to 2 years full time with small kids.....now I am trying to finish up prerequisites to get back in for LPN to RN and it's tough. It's been almost 4 years since graduation for LPN and I am struggling to get back into school mode with working, kids , husband.

    that is my biggest regret, that I didn't get it all done before marriage and kids. So please, heed this 45 year olds advice and JUST DO IT. Get it done while your young.
  4. by   freesia29
    Absolutely. I am an LPN, almost 4 years experience, and only $17 per hr. RN wage here is around $28-30. Only LPN jobs are nursing homes and clinics, but I notice more and more clinics are hiring more MA's, they only make $14 per hr.
  5. by   Irish_Mist
    My two cents: Skip the LVN/LPN route and go straight for an ADN or BSN program. More opportunities and more money. Stay away from the for profit schools charging enormous tuition. Many aren't accredited, carry less prestige, and will leave you in massive debt.
  6. by   Aunt Slappy
    Quote from LovingLife123
    I'm guessing you are looking at for profit, commercial schools? $30k for an LPN is absolutely crazy. Stay away from these schools. They are scams!!

    Find a reputable school. You take some prereqs, then apply to a program. Once admitted you attend the program and graduate, then you take your licensing exam.

    You need to look at your local job market and see what is being hired in your area. LONs are generally not hired into acute care anymore. I know some places do, but it's rare due to the scope of practice a LPN has. It's more limited than an RN.

    The bigger cities these days will generally only hire BSN RNs. It's imperative that you research your market because none of us on here know what it is.

    But please don't pay $30k to become an LPN. That's ridiculous and you won't make enough back to justify it.
    Yeah, my LPN program cost literally 1/10 of that at a community college in 2015. I saw that number and thought "holy **** Batman!" In no universe does the starting pay of a LPN justify that kind of cost for the program.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 5 : Reason: TOS
  7. by   Aunt Slappy
    Quote from freesia29
    I got the LPN first, I could do it part time and didn't want to commit to 2 years full time with small kids.....now I am trying to finish up prerequisites to get back in for LPN to RN and it's tough. It's been almost 4 years since graduation for LPN and I am struggling to get back into school mode with working, kids , husband.

    that is my biggest regret, that I didn't get it all done before marriage and kids. So please, heed this 45 year olds advice and JUST DO IT. Get it done while your young.
    I went LPN for the same reasons, but also because I didn't come to nursing until my late 30s. I already had the husband and kids. I may get to RN someday, but yeah, school is hard with other obligations plus work. I know RNs make more, but where I live there's no shortage of LPN jobs so I'm not sweating it.
  8. by   AutumnFutureNurse
    Quote from freesia29
    Absolutely. I am an LPN, almost 4 years experience, and only $17 per hr. RN wage here is around $28-30. Only LPN jobs are nursing homes and clinics, but I notice more and more clinics are hiring more MA's, they only make $14 per hr.
    I make 18 & I am a CMA right now.
  9. by   Semper_Gumby
    Quote from AutumnFutureNurse
    I went to my local community college today & the nursing program there is indeed 24 months 52 credits are needed to finish. 4 additional pre reqs are needed to enter a long with your hesi. Program cost is 9,000 that's with everything included.
    That sounds great! You might even be able to enroll in some of those prereqs for this coming semester if classes haven't started yet (though in many cc's the nursing prereqs fill up super fast). If not, you can probably enroll in some of your general ed requirements (English, psych, things like that). And depending on when the application deadline is for the nursing program, you may be able to apply for the fall program start, but don't be surprised if you are not accepted/get waitlisted. Often you have to have prereqs done just to get in, which is why it can take 3-4 years to complete an ADN. Does your cc offer both spring and fall start dates for the nursing program, or just fall?
  10. by   mrsfoster601
    Hi the route I took was getting my LPN first which took 15 months and yes I was one of the ones who paid a lot of money to get my LPN just make sure it's accredited school I used my LPN license in several different states with no problem got jobs quick than I bridged over which took another 12 months I took the LPN to RN route because I wanted to work to make a little extra cash while in an RN program I was an LPN in a lot of states and It was not hard at all to find a job It's up to you the route you take my opinion either way you will always find a job Good luck on your decision
  11. by   ICU_UcMe
    I got into the nursing school at my university the first time I applied so don't freak out over wait lists unless you aren't a good student. I also had to apply in like April or May to get in for the following January so no way you could get into one right now unless it's a scam school. If it's for-profit, stay away. That's my advice, and you can take it or leave it. FYI, a BSN at my school didn't even cost that much.
  12. by   Dlansey
    Quote from AutumnFutureNurse
    You guys have all seriously been so helpful Lol... I know what I want to do now... But I really like the sound of the bsn program and being offered lpn once so much has been finished! That is awesome.... I have no pre reqs though but plan on going on online for some. Typically how many classes do I need before applying? And will I get points for my previous medical background?
    It will take me about 2 years (including 2 summers) to get all of my prerequisites completed for the BSN program I want to attend. Since usually you need all your general education requirements completed + the prerequisites classes to get into a program. Then you need to most like have a competitive GPA and entrance exam if your school requires that. Being a CMA will probably not give you any points but it may help you to write a compelling personal statement on why you want to be a nurse...
  13. by   tacticool
    No, LPN would not be better if you want to be an RN. You are delaying acheiving your goal and incurring more cost. Don't let your eagerness/impatience cause you to make a bad decision.

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