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anyone regret going LPN then bridge program route?


Specializes in LTAC, Telemetry, Thoracic Surgery, ED.

The ADN nursing programs where I live are either already filled for the next 2 years or the competition is insane (700 applicants for 50 spots).

For those reasons I applied to an LPN program and a diploma RN program. The diploma RN program is approx 10k more than the ADN RN program that is filled for 2 years. The LPN is just that LPN and not RN (which is my ultimate goal) but the bridge program is only 9 months and no waiting list.

I have applied to both and should hear back from both within the next 2 weeks (so I'm told)

IF (big IF) I get accepted to both do I pay the $30k and do the 2yr FT RN Diploma or do the LPN and bridge (actually takes only 2 years as well) for $20k?

That's a hard choice. What about financial aid. Sometimes costlier programs give more aid. Does the 9 month bridge program depend upon you having a lot of work experience? In other words are most of the other LPN's in the program men and women w/ 5, 10, or more years of experience? It may be very fast paced if it's only 9 months long. Whatever you decide, I wish you success and the best of luck! :)

i didint realize they had diploma RN programs..........I thought they got rid of those along time ago.......


Specializes in Behavioral Health. Has 21 years experience.

I was an LPN and bridged to RN. I don't regret my choice to go that route at all. I feel like I had so much more clinical time in my LPN program.

Of course you need to do what works out financially and time wise, but it worked for me!!

Best wishes! :)

meownsmile, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho.

I bridged from LPN a couple years ago,, and spent 7 years as a LPN and yes,, after i finished my RN i really wish i would have gone to Rn first and saved myself some time. But hindsite is 20/20 and i cant say that the experience the LPN gave me wasnt worth its cost. When i have people ask me though i always encourage them to go the RN route if they can. 1 less test you have to take, in the long run,, save yourself some stress and only take that NCLEX once. I tend to think people who go LPN first with the intention of finishing their RN, end up getting comfortable and put off finishing. IMHO

ragingmomster, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in many. Has 25 years experience.

I started out as an LPN, and just finished my BSN. NCLEX soon, I hope.

I have heard this question time and again over the last 15 years.

It depends...

are you living at home with parents or in financially, and socially stable position?---go for the RN.

are you on the edge about paying the bills every month and need to get into a position that will give you more than minimum wage?---go for the LPN work on the RN after

in my experience, and MHO, it is generally easier to actually do some work on the side while in LPN school.

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