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by Gemini616 Gemini616 (New Member) New Member

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I am currently trying to take my pre-requisites at EMCC for the LPN and RN program. I am trying to decide whether I want to wait to transfer to another school and take my

pre-requisites there or whether I should continue at EMCC and transfer to their RN or LPN program. M current gpa is 3.8 and I scored an 18 on my ACT but I plan to retake the ACT in the spring hoping to score higher, so I can have a better chance in getting in a program.

Is it better to try to become a LPN first and then try to get in an RN program?

I have been looking around at a lot of different schools in my surrounding area and most of the schools have the same pre-requisites. I saw that some of the schools give more points if you have received an associates degree or higher. I am not sure if I should finish at EMCC or transfer to get in a program. I am very to determined to become a RN so I can become a neonatal nurse.

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Take a good look at the LPN program. Is it set up to be a feeder into RN or BSN degrees? I'm in Pennsylvania. There is one community college near me that offers a LPN degree, and that's a rarity here. That LPN degree is structured so that all of the credits in it will transfer to their associate degree R.N. program. Most would transfer to another school's BSN program. If you are looking at an associate degree program like that, then maybe it's worth considering because you'd still be doing coursework for the BSN, in essence.

But in general, many associate degrees contain special associate degree courses that won't transfer into any baccalaureate degree whatsoever. We also have, in western PA and NE OH, vo-techs and trade schools offering LPN programs that take only 1 year to complete and are very affordable. But they are not college degree programs. Maybe all that a college or university will give a student transfer credit for is Nursing I, and that's only if the student can pass a proficiency test.

If you want to go on for BSN, and the LPN coursework won't transfer, then you should just pursue RN.

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