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hi im new and planning on finally going to college for nursing this fall! im extremly nervous anyone else?

also i was talking to a girl and she just went to a college to strickly get her lpn without taking generals first what would everyone advise?

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oMerMero specializes in ICU.

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Congratulations on starting school! I am willing to bet everyone is nervous when they start school. It can be a big change and very time consuming. Good luck! Do you want to be an LPN or RN?

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SanskeetRN specializes in ortho/neuro.

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The downside to going straight into being an LPN with no general courses is to bridge to RN, you will have to take those general courses anyway which can add at least another year to your education.

That being said, being an LPN could give you more hands on experience and more background in the medical field before becoming an RN if that is a worry of yours.

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Thanks so much for the info!

i plan to be an RN im thinking right now NICU nurse.

im unsure where to go though im either thinking...

getting LPN at anoka tech. then going to get RN

or else just going to north hennepin c c! and do all generals first then transfer to St. paul tech( Hopefully).

im just unsure what would be the best .

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I am a Saint Paul College LPN graduate that graduated last month. Their program has 2 options as to completing your LPN.

Their list of prerequisites that you can take that will transfer to the RN program are Anatomy 1 and 2 (BIOL 2721 & BIOL 2722 ), lifespan psych (PSYCH 1720), Interpersonal Communication (SPCH 1720 ), Nutrition (BIOL 1760)... if you choose to do this way, all of these classes should transfer to an RN program in the metro area..

The 2nd option is to take the LPN Anatomy and Physiology (HLTH 1420), Nutrition (HLTH 1460), and LifeSpan Psych (PRNS 1440), these courses will mostly NOT transfer to an RN program and you will have to retake the ones that do transfer.

Usually your LPN credits and classes will transfer to the RN Mobility or RN Accelerated program because the LPN classes are the same as the RN 1st year classes. We LPN are just lacking the more advanced RN theory classes and IV skills, so all we need are the second year RN courses. Those programs are not as competitive as the basic RN, but they are still competitive.

The good news about doing the LPN first and doing the RN Mobility/Accelerated is that a lot of facility will pay you more than the pay for the basic RN graduate, since you will have LPN experience already. You can work as an LPN while doing your RN, which is good too. I am doing the RN 2008 and will be done Dec 2008. For me, It will take about 3 years from when I started taking prereqs for the LPN to getting my RN. My friend went to Century for 5 years before she even got in the RN program, it took her 7 years to getting her RN!! GOOD LUCK with whatever you decide to do!!

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Oh and I forgot to add, my school is both a Technical and Community college, I am not sure about Anoka Technical. If it is just a technical college, the science classes that they have will probably not transfer to an RN program. You should check with a counselor first before.. In the beginning my goal was to get my RN. I decided to do the LPN first because for me it would've been faster since the RN programs is SO competitive and each school has their own prereqs. But I've never applied to a basic RN program as i started with the LPN first. Keep in mind that a lot of schools require you to get your Nursing Assitant license first before applying to an RN program. GOOD LUCK!!

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trhanks alot for ur advice!!

i have a question..going for ur LPN did you take generals before going into that program..or while you were in it?

I took my prerequisites for the LPN program which were Nutrition, A&P, College English, and Medical Terminology before I applied. After I got done with them, I applied and got in the LPN program. They had a waiting list of 1 semester, so I applied in May 05 and started in January 06. During that summer semester and fall semester in between, I took my RN general prereqs and some LPN classes. The LPN is only 2 semesters long, but I went for 3 semesters because I went part time in the beginning, then in my last semester, I went full time. There is a website that tells you which classes will transfer to the college you want to go to you for RN.

Here it is: https://mn.transfer.org/cas/index.jsp

Go to guest login and then select the school and classes to see if they transfer. Also, the transfer specialist at Saint Paul College is very helpful, they will let you know which classes transfer and which do not. Hope that helps! ;)

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Oh thank you. i have a couple more questions now.. so before applying for the LPN program how many semesters did you take generals for? Did you just take the exact ones u needed to get into the LPN program basically? Thanks alot again I am full of questions!

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Oh one more question you may beable to answer whats the difference between the Practical Nurse diploma and the Practical Nurse AAS.?

I believe the AAS is the 2 year degree currect? which do you feel would be better?

sorry for all these questions.

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Oh one more question you may beable to answer whats the difference between the Practical Nurse diploma and the Practical Nurse AAS.?

I believe the AAS is the 2 year degree currect? which do you feel would be better?

sorry for all these questions.

Hi! I'll be more than happy to help you ;) ... before I applied to the LPN program, I took all the prerequisites: A&P, Nutrition, English, and Medical terminology in one semester, I also took that NET test (required) 1 month before the application deadline. After that, I applied to the LPN program. When I applied for it back there was a 1 semester waiting list, I think right now they don't have a waiting list and you can get in next semester?, I am not sure though so you may want to check. I applied May 2005 and started in January 2006. The semester in between before I could start the LPN, which was Summer 2005 and fall 2005, I took the rest of my LPN classes like Ethics, Lifespan Psych + Interpersonnal Communication (these 2 transfer to the RN program and are required for the LPN), and some RN prereqs (like Biology, chemistry).

The differences between the Diploma and AAS is that the Diploma requires only the A&P without lab that doesnt transfer to the RN, and less general classes than the AAS. For the AAS, you need to take more general from each goal. I think that the AAS is better because you will have most of your RN generals done already, but it does take at least 1 more semester extra, depending on how many classes you take (a total of 4 semesters full time) Here is the website to Saint Paul College:

www.saintpaul.edu

In there will be all the info that you will need.. Keep in mind that for the RN Mobility programs, each school has a different deadline. Some schools require you to work at least 6 months before you start their program, and others dont. They all have different prerequisites. you might want to check the school that you want to go too so that you know which classes to take. Hope I helped a little!

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Oh thanks so much!!!

thats helps ALOT!

i thought the saint paul tech school you have to have the required generals to get into the LPN taken at another college or does st paul offer them for you before hand too? then you would just have to apply for the lpn program?

IF hey dont . Im thinking of going to Anoka ramsey CC. to take them.

your so much help. im so thankful

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