Introductions first... then a question

  1. Hi!

    I'm new to and would like to introduce myself.
    I'm a travel nurse (LPN) currently working med/surg in Louisiana.

    My dilemma is this: The ASPN curse.

    I have an Associate Degree in Practical Nursing and would love to get my RN.

    When I checked out a local LPN-to-RN program, I was told "The good news is that ALL of your credits transfer. You only need ONE class (critical care nursing) to fulfill our requirements for the Associate RN degree, Unfortunately ... you would have to take 30% of your graduating credits from our college before we would award a degree to you. That means that you would have to repeat a lot of classes."

    dang! SO CLOSE! ... so frustrating!

    Okay ... I'll look elsewhere. Next I check out an online nursing program. Their literature states that, after graduation, you can take nursing boards in New York State and ALMOST all other states. (ALMOST???). They don't tell you which states might not allow it. I asked via email and got no response. I'm a traveling nurse and have no idea which state I might be in upon graduating. Sounds risky ... and it made me wonder why some states would not approve of degrees from their college.

    I could apply to any LPN-to-BSN program, but I'd rather go for the shorter route (LPN-to-ASN) for financial reasons. I'd be better able to save money for my BSN if I was living on RN wages.

    does anyone know of any flexible nursing programs that offer LPN-to-ASN without the 30% rule?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated, Kimber
    Last edit by gr8nurse4u on Mar 13, '02
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  3. by   P_RN
    I believe that the online will be your best bet. I've looked into Excelsior, Wisconsin-GB, Phoenix and Jacksonville

    I did the "last 30 hours" deal by taking graduate level courses. I wouldn't recommend that unless you are planning to go for a Masters. Here the grad school hours are more expensive.
  4. by   snapper
    I would just go directly to the BSN. If you have to have 30% of the classes from that school anyway, take classes that aren't repeats. At my school tuition is the same for both programs and since you already have everything but one class for the ASN you are well on your way to the BSN anyway. The time and the money will be equal either way you go. I know dealing with nursing school is a hassle so try to make it easy on yourself and get the most for your money.
  5. by   weekendnurse

    I've read some of your posts with great interest and would like to ask you some questions about your current job as a travel nurse. I tried to email you but it wouldn't go through. If you don't mind, would you email me at Thanks so much!