Pursuing schooling in Tampa, Florida ... ?

  1. Hello, folks -- I'm a newbie here, so bear with me if this is a redundant question, but:

    What experiences do any of you have in attending schooling for an LPN degree in Tampa, Florida?

    My mother just retired from the nursing field six months ago, after 25 years, and after careful deliberation on my part I've decided to pursue this career path also. Unfortunately, I've only a HS/GED degree and no college, so I believe that the University of South Florida is off-limits to me.
    Any other well-recommended schools -- or any input on the schools you've attended?

    Thank you all so much in advance!

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  3. by   Huganurse
    Since you want to go after your LPN, you don't need to go to college. You can obtain your LPN in about 18 months.You could start working as a CNA (takes 6 months of training and offered at Vocational Schools), then go for your LPN (12 more months of training), then RN (1 1/2 + more years of education) in succession as your employer pays for it plus you get tons of practical experience that will help you while your in school! Good Luck!!!
    Last edit by Huganurse on Jun 30, '02
  4. by   Zen Existence
    Hello Huganurse -- thank you very much for your response!

    I did a search of "Hillsborough Vocational Education Center" on the web abd found them mentioned in several articles but they seem to lack a website. Are you a former alumni of the school, i.e., might I ask you a few questions concerning it -- or, are you just going by information you've gathered?
    I'm antsy, lol, and want information but it seems most schools are closed for the holidays.
    I saw that Erwin Vo Tech offered a course in LPN too. Any other schools come to mind?

    Much thanks!
  5. by   Huganurse
    Hi Scott, No I have never attended vo tech. I have been a nurse for many years and have general knowledge of the tracks and types of schools. I couldn't recommend any one over the other. I have heard of problems on the news with private schools being shut down and leaving students with nothing to show for their work for that semester. I can say that the public system is most reliable and usually the least expensive. Hope you and all have a happy holiday.
    Last edit by Huganurse on Jun 30, '02
  6. by   Huganurse
    Try here for more info