Bridge LPN to RN

  1. I am currently a LPN student in Alabama. I will get my certificate in Aug 05 and plan to move to the Pensacola, FL area. I want to continue my education to atleast an Assoc RN degree. Does anyone know what colleges in Pensacola offer the brigde program? I think PJC may offer it, if they do can anyone tell me anything about it? Thanks
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  3. by   KrisRNwannabe
    I don't know of any schools. but I thought I would offer this. check out community colleges. when i finish my LPN i will only have to complete two semester to finish the RN program. basically, it is the second year of the RN program. the school i am going to now has a bridge program with a huge waitlist. most classes in the second year of the RN programs usually have many openings.
  4. by   LPN82
    Quote from KrisRNwannabe
    I don't know of any schools. but I thought I would offer this. check out community colleges. when i finish my LPN i will only have to complete two semester to finish the RN program. basically, it is the second year of the RN program. the school i am going to now has a bridge program with a huge waitlist. most classes in the second year of the RN programs usually have many openings.


    ok thanks. I am very worried about getting credit for all my classes since I will be changing states. I really don't want to take anything over!
  5. by   icyounurse
    what part of alabama?
    the school i graduated from, university of mobile, has a bridge program. it takes the summer and then 2 semesters[the last year of its adn program]. but you have to take anatomy 2, microbiology , human growth and developement and some other stuff during those summer months.
    i believe pjc does have that program too. its probably cheaper than university of mobile too.
    good luck!
  6. by   LPN82
    Quote from icyounurse
    what part of alabama?
    the school i graduated from, university of mobile, has a bridge program. it takes the summer and then 2 semesters[the last year of its adn program]. but you have to take anatomy 2, microbiology , human growth and developement and some other stuff during those summer months.
    i believe pjc does have that program too. its probably cheaper than university of mobile too.
    good luck!
    I currently attend Gadsden Sate Community College the main campus is in Gadsden, but I attend the Anniston Campus (about 50 miles East of Birmingham) I have already A&P I and II, and Microbiology as well as many more core classes. Is the University of Mobile a 2 yr RN progrm? Do u know if there is a waiting list? Also, do u know if there is an entrance exam I would have to take in order to brigde?
  7. by   icyounurse
    university of mobile has an adn and a bsn program. the lpn to rn goes into the 2nd year of the adn, and then you have your 2 year. i don't know if you can bridge into the bsn though. i don't know if there is an entrance exam or not, i think what you do is at the end of the summer you take a pre-nursing course that if you pass counts as some sort of competancy exam. last year[the year i graduated] there wasn't a waiting list because there are usually spots in the 2nd year part because people who were in the 1st year have dropped or failed. we had a class of 50-something graduate and 20 or so were lpn to rn's. they tended to have a higher pass rate than regular students. you should check out their website. i don't know the web address, but if you google university of mobile it should come up. its an hour and 15 mins to pensacola if you hit the interstate from the campus. also i think bishop state community college in mobile may have a bridge program as well.
    anyways, good luck
    Last edit by icyounurse on Feb 11, '05
  8. by   michelle95
    Hi! I graduated PJC's LPN program in 98 and am now in the RN program. I took career mobility last semester (transition for LPN's into the RN program). Then, this semester I bridged into the "generic ADN program" during Nursing Processes 3. We take NUR PROC 4 and Preceptorship in the summer and then will graduate the beginning of August. To get your ADN if you are an LPN is 3 semesters...not including any pre-reqs that you might need.

    These are the pre-reqs:
    A & P 1 and lab
    A & P 2 and lab
    Applied Microbiology and lab
    English 1
    Intro to sociology
    Nutrition
    Developmental Psych
    College Algebra
    A humanities class

    I think that's it for PJC.

    The only problem is that right now the college is not accepting new students. The ADN students that were supposed to start in Jan got pushed to Aug and there are no new LPN students being admitted this year period. The problem is there aren't enough teachers. So instead of starting new students, the teachers are concentrating on getting us through.

    They, also, just started a new format with the class above us. Nursing Processes 1-4. Before it was Nursing of adults, med/surg...yada yada. So, they are trying to "get the kinks out" if you know what I mean.

    I know that they added an ICU rotation. I just completed my third week (and final...we only get 3) and I think I'm in love.

    Good luck with whatever you do.
  9. by   LPN82
    Quote from michelle95
    Hi! I graduated PJC's LPN program in 98 and am now in the RN program. I took career mobility last semester (transition for LPN's into the RN program). Then, this semester I bridged into the "generic ADN program" during Nursing Processes 3. We take NUR PROC 4 and Preceptorship in the summer and then will graduate the beginning of August. To get your ADN if you are an LPN is 3 semesters...not including any pre-reqs that you might need.

    These are the pre-reqs:
    A & P 1 and lab
    A & P 2 and lab
    Applied Microbiology and lab
    English 1
    Intro to sociology
    Nutrition
    Developmental Psych
    College Algebra
    A humanities class

    I think that's it for PJC.

    The only problem is that right now the college is not accepting new students. The ADN students that were supposed to start in Jan got pushed to Aug and there are no new LPN students being admitted this year period. The problem is there aren't enough teachers. So instead of starting new students, the teachers are concentrating on getting us through.

    They, also, just started a new format with the class above us. Nursing Processes 1-4. Before it was Nursing of adults, med/surg...yada yada. So, they are trying to "get the kinks out" if you know what I mean.

    I know that they added an ICU rotation. I just completed my third week (and final...we only get 3) and I think I'm in love.

    Good luck with whatever you do.
    OK thanks Since PJC is not allowing new stdents, do u know of any other schools in the pensacola area that brigde?
  10. by   michelle95
    Not in Pensacola, no. The other schools in the immediate vicinity are Pensacola Christian College and the University of West Florida...but, both are BSN.

    However, I believe Jefferson Davis in Brewton, Al has a bridge program. It's a good little drive but if you are serious, and don't want to wait...look into it.
  11. by   michelle95
    I will say this though. Since it is not until August that you are graduating...you probably wouldn't be ready anyway until Jan to get into a program (since you have to be licensed first as an LPN). PJC may be admitting new career mobility students by then. Just check back with them.

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