In my state and locality, you can become an LVN in 1-2 years including Prereqs. However, with a bachelors degree, you can become a BSN in a year also through a. Accelerated program, which is referred to as an ABSN.. This costs quite a bit, but if a BSN is your terminal objective, I'd highly consider doing that versus bridge from LVN to RN to BSN. For many of us, the choice of how to obtain the terminal degree comes down to money versus time.
I'm not a nurse, but am a student. I was a stay at home mom ( actually I worked from home) and decided to become a nurse when I was 30. Im 34 now. I did not have a BA, but was about halfway there so I started taking Prereqs for the BSN program. It takes quite a while to complete those Prereqs, usually. In my area, it is harder to get into publicly funded RN programs because they are impacted.
I was almost finished with my prereqs when I jumped ship and went to an expensive private LVN school from which I was able to complete in less than a year. (I will not take a break and will keep going to school when I graduate, I'll just hopefully be able to work part time and make good money while I finish)
But, that private LVN program costed about 75% of the cost of an accelerated BSN program, so if Id had a degree, I would have pursued that ABSN.
By the way, in my area, the accelerated private schools
offer the Prereqs in an accelerated manner also. They also accept testing out and things like that.
In my area, work conditions, typical schedules and pay is very different depending on if you hold an LVN versus an RN. For some people, an LVN degree pays enough to be a terminal goal, as it does pay well in my area. It's just not my goal, mine is BSN because the hours for RNs are more flexible (more part time work available) and double the pay. Working conditions in hospitals if you are an RN are also very different from working conditions as an LVN, as they typically work in SNFs, clinics, etc.
In my area, the BSN doesn't pay more, it just makes you a more competitive new grap applicant and opens doors to other niches within nursing, like management.