Sorry this is a long post but I'm confused with what route to take in my career. I'm currently a CNA but my passion would be working in the OR. My local CC has a Surgical Tech and ASN program but the waiting list for both is 2 years! A for profit school in my area offers a 12 and 18 month LPN program, but it's a little more expensive. LPNs are not being used a surg techs in my area hospitals, only as CMAs. I DO NOT want to work as a LPN in LTC, but the benefits of becoming an LPN are the program is faster and I could bridge to RN after working for a year. The downside is I'd have to have my BSN to work as a scrub nurse (MORE TIME). So my question is, would you rather spend more money for less time in school or spend more time in school for less money?