LPN to CRNA...

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- I am currently in school for my LPN... kickin a$$ all the way...

- my problem is that I am looking to be a CRNA eventually... I had attended rutgers u with a crappy GPA of about 1.7 (I never took any of it seriously)... which will possibly affect my chances of transferring credits or soemthing somewhere down the line...

- I am maintaining a high A average in my LPN program now

- so... to get into a CRNA program, I have to get my BSN... in nj, there are no lpn to BSN programs... does that mean I have to do an lpn to ADN to BSN route??? does this not seem ridiculous? do I have this all wrong here? at this rate, it will take me forever to get there...


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You do not have to go LPN to anything. If there is no LPN-to-BSN, just enter a BSN program as a transfer student.


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You do not have to go LPN to anything. If there is no LPN-to-BSN, just enter a BSN program as a transfer student.

would my nursing classes/credits transfer over since it's from a vocational school... so far im getting number grades, and im not sure about credits...


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If the program is not set up to accept LPNs, credits usually will not transfer. But if you have already taken some prerequisites at a university, any course in which you earned a C or above will usually transfer. It all depends on where you are with the prereqs for the RN program - and, of course, each program gets to select their own. If you don't have any of the prerequisites out of the way, you are looking at a year of completing those and a year of nursing courses for the ASN (2 years) plus the time it takes to complete the BSN (most RN-to-BSN programs I've seen are 18 months) - so that is 3.5 years. If you start a BSN program as a transfer student (you can't start as a new freshman, since you already have college credits), it will be 4 years if none of your prior credits transfer and perhaps shorter if they do. (Hope that made sense).

On the other hand, you must have AT LEAST one year of ICU experience to apply to CRNA programs. You could get that experience while completing your BSN if you went the ASN route, while you would have to wait until after graduation if you went for the BSN. It is tempting to call it a draw, but if CRNA is what you have in mind, I would just go straight for the BSN - but that is just my opinion.

There really isn't any way to shorten it.


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Apply to BSN, take their prereqs and improve your GPA. CRNA's programs are very competetive and low GPA will mean you wasted your time and money. I would not go LPN-RN road, it takes the same amount of time as for people who are not LPN's (at least at my school).

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