Since graduating from TCHSVN in January of 2009, I've been telling myself that I'm going to go back to school to get my RN (I have all the pre-req's for it). My husband works pipeline out of town 6 days a week, and a nine month old at home kinda restricts my extra time. Therefore, I have been unable to commit going back to school; plus, I live an hour away from the two nearest community colleges.
I'm very interested in an online LVN to RN transition program, but there aren't many options to choose from. I had heard about the Angelo State program, but there website says they are no longer offering that. I actually was accepted into the Lamar State College Port Arthur online program this past January, but they require BIOL 1322, nutrition, which I just HAPPENED to not have (go figure), and couldn't get into a class prior to their deadline.
So THAT didn't happen, but they said as soon as I get that Nutrition credit under my belt, I can re-apply for January 2014.
Today, I'm looking around the internet for this BIOL 1322 credit class, and I just happen to go to LSCPA website, now THEY have this posted:
Future start dates have been put on hold until further notice. Students currently enrolled in the program will be permitted to finish the program.
WTH does that mean?!?! First, I started this thread to see if there was anyone who had completed this and what was their opinion, plus any suggestions for me...but NOW...I'm kinda freaking out because this was just about my last hope.
I'm tired of doing the same exact work and having to have the exact same credentials as the RN but getting paid a fraction of the RN salary! UGH...so frustrating.
(sorry about the ranting at the end...)
Aug 3, '16
Hi, I know that I'm waaaay late posting a response to your question. But I graduated from LSC-PA in June of 2014. The program was suspended due to continuous poor board passing rates. They did reapply to the board, but was denied for the online program. Now they only offer the classes on campus. I graduated with a GPA of 3.8, took the Hurst Review and passed boards on the first try. That's not to brag, but to let you know that completing an online course is absolutely possible. I was an LVN for 14 years before starting this program. I was either too busy, waiting for the kids to get older & more self sufficient, or too afraid of returning to college. When I noticed an RN's salary per hour one day, I was outraged that she and I did the same job in the ER with the only difference being that she triaged and I didn't, it made me even more angry. So I faced my fears, realized my kids were self sufficient (old enough to cook, get ready for school, etc..) and took a developmental math course to meet my college entrance exam scores. Sometimes I was the oldest person in my classes making higher grades than younger students. They allowed me to do my clinical at my job, which was an added bonus to the program. The course would've been perfect for you and I'm so sorry you missed the opportunity! I personally feel that those who did not pass the course or boards did not put in the work and effort to effectively study. They either did not learn enough or failed to take an adequate review course to increase their opportunity to pass their boards. I don't know of any other online programs in Texas, but you can check the TX BON website and it will provide a list of Texas nursing schools
with info regarding the type of programs they offer and you can always check their status of whether they are approved, pending approval, or on some type of discipline. I wish you the best and please do not give up! It is SO WELL WORTH IT TO GET YOUR RN. The difference in pay was outrageous. Some hospitals, fortunately my job, gave LVN's a 2 for 1 credit on the pay scale. So for the 14 years I worked as an LVN, that was equivalent to 7 yrs RN experience on the pay scale and increased my pay by almost $11/hr. Best of luck to you!
Last edit by Luv2baRNurse on Aug 3, '16