Former BSN student confused whether to go back to BSN or start LPN?


HiI am new to this site. So I was in the BSN program from 2006 to 2009. I took and passed the nursing fundamentals, peds/ob, pharmacology, pathophysiology. Then i was in the middle of my med surge course when I left school due to family issues. Now I am married and have 2 kids a 3 year old and a 10 months old. I want to go back to school but I am not sure whether to go to 12 months lpn program or the BSN program where I left off. I know that the BSN is better but I am afraid that I might have a hard time because it has been 4 years that I am out of school. So I thought may be i should try the lpn program since they start from the beginning I won't have as much of a hard time. So any advises, suggestions would be appreciated please. Also when I was in this BSN program I finished all of my general Ed courses I only had my nursing courses left 1 1/2 years worth of classes were left when I left.


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So I thought may be i should try the lpn program since they start from the beginning I won't have as much of a hard time.
LPN programs tend to move at a faster pace than BSN programs, so it is not safe to assume that you will not encounter a hard time.

I completed a 1-year LPN program 10 years ago. The schedule was Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm for 12 months straight. Tests and quizzes were administered weekly. I attended three 8-hour clinical shifts per week throughout the program.

My ASN and BSN degree programs were, in my opinion, a piece of cake compared to the LPN program.


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Thanks I know you are right but at the same time I am thinking that if I go back to my old BSN program they will probably start me off from med surg, I feel like I have forgotten everything and it will be a challenge to start at that level. Thanks again I will keep looking at my options.


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I do not advise that you go backwards unless you attempt the BSN program and fail. Going backwards from a BSN program could put perceptions in people's minds that are not positive and you want to avoid that as much as possible, no matter what kind of nursing program that you are in. Instead pick your BSN program and see what they require of you and move forward. Good luck.

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Chances are your classes have expired since it has been 4 years. I would contact your old school and see what the options are.