Which is quicker??

  1. Hello,
    Which do you think is the fastest way to becoming a registered nurse going to college and taking prereqs or going to get your LVN (1year course) and then going back to school to get your associates?
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  3. by   SonicnurseRN
    Straight to RN!
  4. by   leosrain
    You should be worried more about quality than speed. Never underestimate the power of more/better education.
  5. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from victoynurse
    Hello,
    Which do you think is the fastest way to becoming a registered nurse going to college and taking prereqs or going to get your LVN (1year course) and then going back to school to get your associates?
    Depends what the wait lists are in your area. The one year LPN course might have a wait list for one year!
  6. by   kenzy
    I Was In The Same Exact Situation 3 Years Ago, I Had Gone To School 4 Years Already For One Degree, But Wanted To Go Back. After Much Research I Found That All My Local Colleges Had Atleast A 2 Year Wait For Their Nursing Programs, And The Lpn Program Had Seats Available. I Had Just Lost My Job Of 9 Years And Was On Unemployment, Which Meant I Could Receive Financial Help. So I Entered In The Lpn Program Finished And Am Now Working, But Also Taking Classes Toward My Rn Degree At This Time. If I Had It To Do All Over Again And If Possible Knowing What I Know Now I Would Go Directly For My Rn, Less Money, And Really Less Time If You Think About It, Due To The Fact That All Of The Classes Except Nursing Concepts 2 I Have To Take All Over Again. The Only Good Thing Is My Gen Eds Do Apply So Those I Do Not Have To Take, But You Would If You Havent Already Taken Them At Another Time. I Hope This Helps, But No Matter What Anyone Thinks It All Boils Down To The Options Available To You At This Time. Hope This Helps.
  7. by   crissrn27
    Quote from kenzy
    I Was In The Same Exact Situation 3 Years Ago, I Had Gone To School 4 Years Already For One Degree, But Wanted To Go Back. After Much Research I Found That All My Local Colleges Had Atleast A 2 Year Wait For Their Nursing Programs, And The Lpn Program Had Seats Available. I Had Just Lost My Job Of 9 Years And Was On Unemployment, Which Meant I Could Receive Financial Help. So I Entered In The Lpn Program Finished And Am Now Working, But Also Taking Classes Toward My Rn Degree At This Time. If I Had It To Do All Over Again And If Possible Knowing What I Know Now I Would Go Directly For My Rn, Less Money, And Really Less Time If You Think About It, Due To The Fact That All Of The Classes Except Nursing Concepts 2 I Have To Take All Over Again. The Only Good Thing Is My Gen Eds Do Apply So Those I Do Not Have To Take, But You Would If You Havent Already Taken Them At Another Time. I Hope This Helps, But No Matter What Anyone Thinks It All Boils Down To The Options Available To You At This Time. Hope This Helps.
    I think straight to RN is the way to go (if that is your goal), chances are after you get lvn you might start working and get caught up and never go back to finish. I have seen that happen.

    OT:to the op, please don't think I am being rude, I certainly don't have prefect typing skills, just wondering why you capitalize the first letter of every word? Are you on something other that a comp.? Just curious!
  8. by   Tweety
    Good advice above.

    If you go straight for the LPN first, you're still going to have to take those co-req classes to become an RN, so the time investment, if there are no waiting lists will be pretty much the same. The advantage would be that if there is a waiting list then you can be working as a nurse while you wait for the ADN program. But as was said, you might be caught up in working, get yourself in a little debt because your making money and take longer to finally go back for your RN.

    Good luck!
  9. by   kenzy
    crissrn27, I have a habit of typing in caps lock, so I dont have to worry about capitalization, not a good typer be any means. I never realized until this post that it did this, and by that time it was to late to change it. I guess now I'll have to put my typing skills to the test lol.
  10. by   crissrn27
    Quote from kenzy
    crissrn27, I have a habit of typing in caps lock, so I dont have to worry about capitalization, not a good typer be any means. I never realized until this post that it did this, and by that time it was to late to change it. I guess now I'll have to put my typing skills to the test lol.
    We all have those weird kinda quirks..........mine is to do this to separate my statements.......and then when I read it, it looks dumb.......but I just can't stop..........lol

    Back on topic, I have thought about this, I know I said go for RN, and I still do, but what kinda waiting list do you have going? If theres no waiting for LVN and 3 years for RN, then I would do the LVN, start taking prereqs, and then get RN when avalible.
  11. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from kenzy
    I Was In The Same Exact Situation 3 Years Ago, I Had Gone To School 4 Years Already For One Degree, But Wanted To Go Back. After Much Research I Found That All My Local Colleges Had Atleast A 2 Year Wait For Their Nursing Programs, And The Lpn Program Had Seats Available. I Had Just Lost My Job Of 9 Years And Was On Unemployment, Which Meant I Could Receive Financial Help. So I Entered In The Lpn Program Finished And Am Now Working, But Also Taking Classes Toward My Rn Degree At This Time. If I Had It To Do All Over Again And If Possible Knowing What I Know Now I Would Go Directly For My Rn, Less Money, And Really Less Time If You Think About It, Due To The Fact That All Of The Classes Except Nursing Concepts 2 I Have To Take All Over Again. The Only Good Thing Is My Gen Eds Do Apply So Those I Do Not Have To Take, But You Would If You Havent Already Taken Them At Another Time. I Hope This Helps, But No Matter What Anyone Thinks It All Boils Down To The Options Available To You At This Time. Hope This Helps.

    Why do you have to repeat so many classes? Have you tried to test out or appealed to the Dean? :uhoh21:
  12. by   chuck1234
    If you don't have any problem to get into the RN Program...then go for it. However, sometimes, especially in the big city, some RN Programs have a waiting list of 2 to 4 years....do you have time to wait for it. I have been there...done it....
  13. by   kenzy
    Trudyrn, I have many times spoke with my advisor over this issue and have gotten no where. For some reason the classes I have taken for one reason or another have not qualified. Even though the course discription where the same, also all the main course in LPN school like Micro, A&p etc. were like I never took them even with an A average. The only thing they do grant us is with a certain QPA overall we can by pass Nursing Concepts 2. I have not spoke with the Dean because I figured if I was speaking with the chair of our department would he really go against what she said? Also as far as testing out whats the difference if I test out or take the class, arent they pretty much the samething. If I dont purchase the books and go and take the test? I guess I really shouldnt be complaining I only have 8 classes to take, well 6 now, and a 3 day clinical. If you have anyother suggestions I would greatly appreciate it! Like everything it probably boils down to the almighty dollar. Thanks

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