LPN, ADN, or BSN ? Help!

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    I am an almost nursing student, I'm planning on starting nursing next year but there's so many routes and I'm not sure which way to go. As of right now I have three options and I'd really appreciate some advice from current nurses and students who have made this decision. Ultimately, I want to get a BSN by the end of all this. Here are the options:

    1. I can take an LPN course in the fall. This course would be tuition free for me and is two years in length. After completing this course I'd take an LPN-BSN bridging program.

    2. I can take an ADN program in the fall which is also tuition free for me.It's 3 years. Then take a bridging program to a BSN. Problem is the bridging program for the ADN and LPN are the same length so I'd feel like I might be wasting a year this way. The ADN is a super good program though and the school's awesome.

    3. Option 3 is to take pre-nursing for a year starting in the fall to get my prereqs and then apply straight into a BSN program after that year. This option is not tuition free and I'd have to pay for the pre-nursing course and obviously the BSN.

    Thanks so much for your help!
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    Since your ADN would be free I would take that route and, get a job that will pay for you to get your BSN. It really depends on how things best fit in your life. I hope this helps some.
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    I would do option 1. It's tuition free and a year shorter than the ADN option. Its great that you will be able to get your BSN at the end of it too.
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    I would take option 1 or 2. Both are free ( a HUGE plus ) and will ultimately get you a BSN. One word of warning - make sure the programs are accredited. Many bridge to BSN programs require that your initial schooling be at an accredited school. I'd hate for you to go 2 or 3 years through a program then have a hard time finding a bridge to BSN that will take you.

    Also, are you planning to go straight through school or work in between? You might consider if there are LPN jobs available in your area or are there more RN jobs? This may be a factor if you plan to work while pursuing your bridge to BSN program.
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    Thanks everyone. The only reason I'm a little hesitant to do option 1 or 2 is because I'm scared I'll start working after the program and never end up going back for my BSN. Also what's the difference between LPNs and RNs in Canada? I'm a little worried that I'll get my LPN and then not like the job because I expect it to be what an RN is xD. Sorry for the rambling.


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