Quote from NURKeish
Your are truly inspiring. I live in South Florida (Fort Lauderdale area) and attended a NLAC/ NCEN accredited LPN program and have been licensed for 10 months. I also did an IV therapy admin. course plus a few others, yet still no jobs. Everyone is asking for that magical one year experience. Very depressing after such vigorous training. I have completed the following courses:
A&P 1& 2 with labs. ENC1101
Microbiology with l ENC1102
Chemistry with lab Psychology
Nutrition Critical thinking & ethics
Human growth and development
The nursing schools on this side are very hard to get in. I often get discouraged, but its like I've reached so far to throw it all away. There's one that look promising but their AS program is 18 months. With all these credits that I already have, does anyone know of any LPN-BSN program that takes around the same time, or any LPN-RN that's less than 18 months. I am willing to relocate and try elsewhere as right now I don't think I have anything to lose. Based on posts that I've read, I think I would like to seek out schools in Oklahoma/ Texas area as these seem to be less harder to get in and more student friendly. Also, since I will be possibly paying out-of-state tuition which is expensive, how are job prospects for LPN with no experience in those areas? I mentioned Texas/ Oklahoma, but if anyone knows of programs in other areas, I welcome your input. Thanks
Two thoughts, if you are thinking of WGU, they do not have an out of state rate versus in state. It's one rate. Another thing, they have a Florida pre-licensure program. I believe clinicals are located in Daytona Beach which I know is quite a trek from you, but it could be something to consider. You could probably even start the program and not move right away because the first 6 months of the program there is only one clinical rotation. You could try out the commuting thing and if it's not working then move. It is not 18 months, but it would give you a BSN versus an ASN and you have a good portion of the prereqs out of the way. I think there are a couple classes you would have to take to apply, but you can also take CLEP tests for a lot. That is what I did. I CLEP'd human growth & development, psychology, and humanities to get in the program. They accept classes from Straighterline
which is really inexpensive and all online and are self paced so you could finish faster.
What I like about WGU is that it is much more flexible than the traditional program. I have found most people in the program do work. You will need a job that is willing to work with you.