lpn to bsn? how long did it take you?

  1. hi everyone. its me again. I have so many questions because I'm trying to figure a lot out. Okay so here is my story to those who don't know. I'm currently a college student in a major I do not like. I cannot just switch over to bsn program at another university because my grades are not high enough. fine. So I decided the only way at this point I can start working towards my bsn in nursing is to start in a lpn program. I found a lot of lpn programs that are accredited by the state and by the national nursing. They will also I'm sure lead me to be able to do rn. After that I'm sure I can find a program that will be rn to bsn. Anyways the point is I'm going to applying to this one lpn program and my dad saw.... I wrote it on a sheet of paper. He startes telling me its for people with g.e.d's and how basically they are a bunch of bs. I really dont know where to turn at this point. I checked the cc and they have a huge waiting list and I checked other places and they only offer rn to bsn. I dont know what to do at this point. He really discouraged me. I'm already discouraged being that I spent the last 3 years of college doing something I didn't want to do. I'm ready to do this once and for all and I cant help but feel like maybe I should give up again.

    So my question is to those who went from just starting a lpn program to getting your bsn how was it? what did you do? how long did it take? was it hard? what should I be looking at in the lpn programs etc? basically I'd love to hear your success story and how I should go about this.

    Thank You.
    Last edit by summersent on Dec 28, '06
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  3. by   Jules A
    Hi Summersent,
    Are you sure you can't transfer over to a university as a general student? Most will accept C's for gen ed requirements anyway and get your foot in the door. The reason I ask is that at least in my area the BSN programs tend to be easier to get in than the CC programs. Doing LPN to BSN is most often done by getting your ADN first and then transferring to the university so you are looking at 4 years if you already have all your science pre-reqs done.

    Have you thought of speaking with a career counselor at school? 3 years is a long time to spend in a program that you don't like. Are your grades low because you are unhappy? As I'm sure you know the nursing course work can be pretty demanding which is one reason why they tend toward students with high gpas.

    Can you definitely get in the LPN program? I'm happy being a LPN while I work toward my ADN and then BSN. At the very least you would have a marketable skill in about 1 year. I'm sorry your Dad isn't supportive of the LPN career but I don't know his reasons and I'm sure he has your best interest at heart. In any event it is your life and you have to do what is going to make you happy. Good luck, Jules
  4. by   TheCommuter
    My coworker is an LVN who recently completed her first semester of a local LVN-to-BSN program at a nearby state university. This particular bridge program is 2 years in length and requires 64 credit hours worth of prerequisite classes prior to admission. She was admitted with a 2.8 grade point average.

    To answer your question, it will take an additional 2 years for an LPN/LVN to complete an LPN-to-BSN program if all of the prerequisites have been completed beforehand.
  5. by   RNHawaii34
    well, for me, i was in the lpn program before, but i got kicked out on the first semester.....the next semester, they want me to come back and start over again,broken hearted, and afraid to fail again. i went to another school and study bsn, it took me 5 years of deciding to go back, but i am glad i got it over with..here i am, a happy camper finally! i love nursing, i learn new stuff everyday.