LPN vs. RN $$

  1. I received information on our local LPN program yesterday. (I really don't know why Bryan had them send it to me but whatever...) Anyways, it costs just as much to go to the LPN program as it does the RN program at the local CC. I was appalled. It is only two semesters and even the books, uniforms, etc. all cost just as much, if not more. I just found this very odd.

    I would guess that this LPN program gets a lot of the students that aren't accepted into the RN program. It would be a step up for them, I guess, and might help them get into the RN program sooner. It just seems weird that it costs so much to become an LPN compared to an RN. Just a year less of work.
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  3. by   RedSox33RN
    I know I looked into an LPN program also, and was surprised. It was 11 full months long (starts in April, runs until March) and it was $9279 including books and uniforms.

    A surgical tech program I got info on is also 11 months, and cost a total of $3296 including books and uniforms, etc.

    The nursing program I got into at a community tech college (not attending this one though) is 65 credits at $133/credit for NH residents so that would be $8645, not including books/uniforms, etc. So really, just about even.

    Insane, isn't it?
  4. by   orrnlori
    LPN programs in my area are VOTECH based rather than community college based and they are very expensive. Every professional program in the votech system is much more expensive than community college or university based on the credit hour. I guess though you are getting out much quicker and the schools have to make up for it somewhere.