What is Best route LPN or RN

  1. i was just thinking after reading alot of your Posts. What is the best way o go Rn or Lpn. I truly want to be a Rn, but alot of people are trying to talk me into the Lpn route ( here at home). What is the difference between Rn, BSN, or ADN I know that is a stupid question but I need to know and noone can seem to tell me.Thanks again for the help

    Lisa in Indiana
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  3. by   PhantomRN
    Go the RN route, there is more opportunity. It really dont matter if you get an ADN or BSN. Either degree grants you entrance into practice.
  4. by   Lisa1970
    are all schools 4 years for the RN program?
  5. by   Cali
    If you are going for your BSN you will need to go to a University for 4 years. You can get your ADN at a community college in 2 years. (plus 1 year for pre-req's) I'm an LVN/LPN at the time and I plan on going back to school soon for my ADN. There's more job opportunity with the RN license whether it's BSN or ADN.
  6. by   StudentSandra
    first thing, look into what is available in your area & what is financially sound. this is a big decision maker for most peolpe. the other thing to remember is that the rn is a license, and the adn or bsn are degrees. upon graduation from either the adn/bsn or occasional diploma program, you are then eligible to take the rn boards.

    i'm not sure if this is available over in in, but here in il at my community college, at the end of the first year of the rn program, you can take a summer class (lpn exit). you are then eligible to take the lpn boards. some people stop then, others work as an lpn while finishing up the last year of the adn program.

    also, you do not necessarily have to take 3 years to do the adn programs. yes, it is probably easier, especilly if you have kids and or need to work. there are 5 people in my class & probably at least that many in second level, that are doing the entire program in 2 years.

    at my school, the non-nursing classes are called support classes, not pre-reqs, none of them are required before starting the nursing program.

    if you go to a regular lpn school, you will still need to take the support classes for the rn program.

    hope i haven't confused you even more.
    Last edit by StudentSandra on Dec 30, '01
  7. by   Lisa1970
    I have only found 4 year programs for the nursing program in my area. I have an appointment on the 3rd. I hope all goes well. I am pushing it because classes start on the 9th.

    Ty Lisa
  8. by   KITTYLADY
    i'm in a 2 year (adn) program - and i've been taking stuff towards my bsn -- i plan to transfer to a university next fall --- and hopefully i will be able to get into the rn (adn) to msn program offered here in ms. i know of many (about 1/3 of my current class) who commute from the new orleans area - they drive one hour a day since they don't have a 2 year program in the new orleans area --- this is an option as well - since you don't have a 2 year program near you, find out if there's one close (if you are willing to commute) - a community college in a nearby state may have a rn program that doesn't penalize persons from your area for not being a state resident.... i chose to start out at a 2 year college only because it's cheaper than going to a 4 year colllege (for the first 2 years) --
  9. by   ekm
    Our nursing program enables all students whether LPN or RN to sit for the LPN boards at the end of the first year. Our Director of Nursing at the Community College I attend recommends everyone doing this, because life does not always follow your curriculum!!!! For instance, you may have an event in your life in which you would have to take a leave of absence from school and not be able to finish the RN program. If you don't sit for your LPN boards, and more that 1 year has gone by you must start over from the beginning. That would be so sad. I don't know if anyone elses school does this.
  10. by   old-master
    I was in the same debate about a year before I started school. Every LVN I worked with, informed me that RN was the only way to fly.
    Every LVN I know wants or is trying to get their RN. Besides, if you to become a LVN and then upgrade to a RN, it seems that the amount of time would be better spend getting the RN. Sometimes, life does not allow for going back to school, might as well, go the RN rounte,
    old-master has spoken......