Quote from busylady61
I have a question. You said that you graduated from Orlando Tech this past September, and now you've been accepted to the Valencia LPN to RN bridge program in January.
That is really interesting to me because I am thinking I would like to do the same thing. I just have a couple of questions.
I had read other posts on these boards, that Valencia has a huge waiting list of a year or two. How did you get around that? Does the bridge program not have a long waiting list? When did you actually apply to the Valencia bridge program -- did you wait until after you graduated from O-Tech? I was under the impression that if I go to O-Tech, I might have to wait a year or two after graduating before even being able to start the Valencia program. So, I was really encouraged when I read your post!
Also, you mentioned that the bridge program is online except for the clinicals once a week. When are the clinicals and practice labs held? I'm going to be working full time while I'm in the program (assuming I get accepted eventually! lol) ... so I'm wondering how I will make all of this come together.
I was really interested to read your earlier post about working in home health care, on the night shift, and that that enables you to study at night. Wow, I would love to be able to do something like that.
I am thinking more and more that I am going to have to bite the bullet and go through that evening LPN program at Orlando Tech. It will be a really rough 18 months, but if I could graduate and then get hired as a home health LPN like you did, then I could arrange my LPN schedule around my Valencia studies.
Right now as a teacher I just don't have that much flexibility....
That is the beauty of the bridge program! No waiting lists! If you dont get in, you would reapply the next year but u wouldnt get preference. But as long as you have all pre reqs, get your app in early, etc, you should get in. There were 100 applicants this year for the Valencia bridge, they picked 60...but I think many of the others didnt have the pre reqs all done. There were a few with super high GPAs who got in without having them all, but they said after this year they wont accept anyone who hasnt completed them all. I got in on the first try, and my gpa was the bare minimum (I had a billion college credits and flaked out on school when I was younger). I think what helped me was my net score was very high, and I had an "A" average in LPN school so that must have been to my advantage since Im sure I was against ppl with 3.5's and 4.0;s and here I am with my 2.5 lol.
You dont have to wait a year or two to apply, u either had to have graduated within the past year or have at least one year experience. You also need to be IV certified. Orlando tech also offers an IV certification thats online, and its the only one in the country that transfers anywhere in the US (I thought that was cool). I think you may have misunderstood me, I graduated in September 2005....and by the time I got my license it was past the deadline of October 1st to apply for last January. So I applied this year for this January.
As far as clinicals and labs....you will have lab one day a week for the first about 6 weeks for skills check offs, etc....its on Thursdays for us. After that you start clinicals and you get to pick your clinical day each rotation...but it works just like other classes, first come first serve so u have to sign up early. Whatever day you choose, you will have a 12 hr clinical once a week for the rest of the program, I think there are a couple of times where you have 2 days a week bc of psych/mental health nursing.
You sound very motivated so I say go for it! I love my home health job, but Im spoiled bc Im basically babysitting (very) sick kids, so when I get a "real" hospital job I know Im gonna be working hard for my money lol.
BTW do u teach in Orange Co? My best friend is a Teacher, she teaches middle school.
Anyway HTH and best of luck!