I will be graduating August 4 from the LVN program at Kingwood College, Lonestar. I have completed all required pre-reqs for the ADN program, but instead of retaking pre-reqs and waiting to get in, I applied for both. Honestly, I wouldn't change a thing. I was very upset in the beginning, but now, I'm quite happy with it. I have no experience with any other LVN programs in the Houston area, but I will say that the professors at Kingwood become like your family. Your with them 5 days a week for a year about 7-8/hrs a day. There are a few pre-reqs required (I think English, Basic Anatomy and maybe one more, and of course the entrance exam.) I think the next application period for KC's LVN program is Spring of 2010 but other colleges may be doing application periods shortly for a January start. Kingwood has an August start and goes through the following August. I am very confident in my skills, knowledge base, scope of practice, and being a patient advocate, and I know most of that comes from having such caring and dedicated professors. Although I'm excited about graduation in a few short weeks, I'm sad about leaving my new family behind. They only accept between 30-35 students and they usually have about 300 applicants, so it's not a guarantee you'll get in. I have every intention of returning ASAP to finish my RN via their evening transition program, but I will never regret doing LVN first.
I'm a mom with 3 kids (10,6,4) a husband that works about 80 hours a week as a paramedic for a 911 service in the area, and quit my job because I couldn't hack it along with the studying. You will give up your life for a year. Just count on it, but there's sacrifices for anything worth doing right? Good luck!