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hi , i finished my Science Associates in genetic RN in miami dade college and i applied to 2 colleges and didn't accept me because i have a gpa of 3.4 unfortunately it gets tougher to enter this program every year , i was looking for the possibility to finish my AA and enter a university but i will have to wait 1 year or more , what do you guys think its the best for me , do the lpn program in 14 months and after that apply to the RN bridge program , having all the credits i have i think it would be faster for me finishing the lpn program and graduating from RN and lpn in 2 years and 2months instead of waiting 1 year to enter the program and 2 more to graduate . please help me thank you

i am in same boat as you... i was hoping to see someone else respond.. i guess we can keep waiting!! lol i am going to the lvn program but was wondering if i should wait and try again for rn!? im exciting though!!

I went the LPN route first before attempting my RN. I needed to get back into the job market as quick as possible. I don't regret it at all. I have learned the basics of being a nurse without having to worry about additional duties. It hasn't been easy finishing my RN while working full time, but I will be done in December.

I think it really depends on how fast you need to get to work and if LPNs are being hired in your area. LPNs used to be utilized in all the area hospitals here, but now with the economy, that is not as common. Most jobs are in long term care. But you could get into rehab or a high skilled long term care unit for experience that will help you as a RN.

You will find varying opinions on this issue. But like I said, I'm glad I went the route I did. If I could do it all over again and not have to worry about getting back to work or $$$, I would still do my LPN first.

I went the LPN route first before attempting my RN. I needed to get back into the job market as quick as possible. I don't regret it at all. I have learned the basics of being a nurse without having to worry about additional duties. It hasn't been easy finishing my RN while working full time, but I will be done in December.

I think it really depends on how fast you need to get to work and if LPNs are being hired in your area. LPNs used to be utilized in all the area hospitals here, but now with the economy, that is not as common. Most jobs are in long term care. But you could get into rehab or a high skilled long term care unit for experience that will help you as a RN.

You will find varying opinions on this issue. But like I said, I'm glad I went the route I did. If I could do it all over again and not have to worry about getting back to work or $$$, I would still do my LPN first.

thanks for your answer , right now i dont have to work but like you said i will learn the basics of being a nurse by doing lpn first . thanks

This is exactly what I did and I'm so glad I did!!!

When it came time to apply to RN I was short one class so I would have had to wait for the next application season, I was so ready to get started so I decided to jump into LPN and bridge straight into RN.

So, I did a 11mo LPN program and graduated in July, took boards, and started RN the next month!!!! I am so thrilled because RN has been a piece of cake (we basically learned all this stuff in LPN, so now its just more paperwork and details) and I'm able to work at a local children's hospital as a nurse! The extra experience in clinicals (LPN clinicals are a lot more than RN school) and at work is giving me a huge advantage compared to my classmates who are only getting clinicals 2x per week, with long breaks for holidays and summer. Personally I think that's really disruptive to learning and retaining the information to take those breaks.

I will say LPN was much harder than I expected (for me it was 5day/wk 8hr/day for 11 solid months) and all the concepts were new, obviously. My RN program is just 2x week clinicals with 2 half-days of classes each week, and everything is a review of stuff we learned last year. About half my classmates are LPN's bridging and the other half are traditional students and all the LPN's are working full time, doing great in class. I'm only going to work about 24hr/wk because I'm a single mom, but the money is really nice (bc my hospital is basically a children's long term care I make what the hospitals are paying new RN's in my area).

Doing it this way shaved 6mo off the whole RN process (assuming I got admitted the first time I applied) but the extra clinical time and confidence that's given me, plus the HUGE advantage of working as a nurse/earning good money during my last year of nursing school has been invaluable! I'll be honest, I almost didn't go this route because of misconceptions about the role of LPN's and I thought the program would be really watered down and easy, but I was wrong on each account and now I have a new appreciation for what LPN's do and the valuable place they have in nursing (and I'm really grateful for that!)

The bottom line is, I wanted to be a nurse, and now I am! Yes, I still have about 6mo until I'm an RN, but I get to care for pts and be in this field I'm so passionate about. I have no regrets!

DolceVita, BSN, RN

Specializes in IMCU.

Honestly I wish I had done my LPN first. At the time I thought I would never work as an LPN so why bother. So I waited for 3 years for an RN program. Had I done my LPN first (not as long a wait) I could have done the LPN-RN bridge at the same school and be finished faster. Why? Because they drop like flies out of the 1st semester of the RN program -- so there would have been spaces by the 3rd semester.

Oh well live and learn.

exactly! It's much easier to get into a bridge program because of that reason! Plus, in my area you get so many extra points for having your LPN when applying.

Since you have a 3.4 I have no doubt you'd get into a bridge right away.

omg'sh this is all such great advise... i am thinking that if i do get into the rn program at the other school i applied i am thinkin about just doing the lvn to rn anyways... because where i got accepted for the lvn program is a private school (baptist) and they have very small class sizes and really really care about their students... at the other school i heard they dont care if the students pass or fail.. it just seems not as good... soo.. what do you think?

if i get into both lvn program.. and rn at (sac) than should i still go with lvn first?? or is the a bad idea....?

For me, I loved the class size and the closeness of our group in LPN. For RN we have new instructors every 8wks, and new classmates. Half have been together since the beginning so they are close, but not like when we were in LPN and together every day all day. I miss that part of school :sniff: Our RN instructors are committed to us passing (I think it depends on the school more than anything) but our two LPN instructors knew us better and were more willing to work with us.

With your grades go for the RN you can do it!

she said she didn't get into the two RN programs she applied to :o

i wish i could go straight to RN but here in miami its really hard to enter a genetic rn program , i think im going to do the lpn program for 14 months and later i can do my RN online for 1 year which is going to take me less time than waiting to be accepted to a genetic program and then the 2 years of the rn program. :o

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

With your grades go for the RN you can do it!
The only problem is that, even with a 3.4 grade point average in the prerequisite classes, the original poster has been rejected from the RN programs that he/she has already applied to.

Therefore, the OP is seeking advice for a "Plan B."

i actually got accepted to the rn program...so wont be doing the whole lvn thing!!! thanks for all the advise!!! now i need to blog and ask about rn programs!! lol

itsmejuli

Specializes in Home Care.

Find out if your local hospitals have "earn as you learn" programs for PCT to RN. If I had to do it over again this is the way I'd go. The hospital hires you as a PCT and the hospital pays for your RN, then you owe the hospital a few years, plus you're guaranteed an RN position.

Faeriewand, ASN, RN

Specializes in med/surg/tele/neuro/rehab/corrections.

ladybugme that is great! Congratulations! :)

I was going to say that if a person can get accepted into an RN program just do that! You go the other route when you need to get to work fast or if you can't get into an RN program within your acceptable time frame. I didn't want to wait so I did LVN first and am now in LVN-RN bridge but I really hate some things about it. I hate doing clinicals and care plans all over again! Next semester is pediatrics. Again! I really don't want to be a peds nurse so I'm not looking forward to it.

So sometimes it doesn't work out great to do LVN first. Just to let some of you know. But I had to go this route because I did need employment as quick as I could get it. But I do make $12 hr LESS than the lowest paid RN's. Can hardly wait to be an RN.

Now it's tough that I"m a student all over again and have to put up with the BS of nursing school all over again and now a whole bunch of stuff has come up in my life that is making going to school really difficult. I'm praying I can handle it all and graduate so I can start earning RN pay.

I applied to both the LPN program and the RN and was actually accepted into both programs. I decided to go for the LPN because I need to be able to provide some income since the company I work for is going to shut down early next year. It was 14 months longer to be an RN and it just wouldn't have worked. I am planning on starting an LPN to RN program as soon as I pass my NCLEX-PN test. If you don't have a real reason to be financially helpful I highly suggest just going RN first. But the LPN to RN route for me has (so far) worked out nicely.

Goodluck in whatever you choose.

faeriewand

thank you!! im sooo excited i cant even stand it.. i was sooo bumbed to get into the lvn ...(its not a bad thing..but it was not my goal)

now that i did get into the rn program.... i cant wait to get started... i really feel that if i would have choose to do the lvn ...first that i would feel the same exact way you do!

my thoughts are with you..during what ever it is your are going through! just remember to stay strong! you will make it! :)

thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences ive decided to go for the lpn program first which is 12 months and the same school has the RN program in 12 months but since i have my A.S it will be shorter , unfortunately i went to 2 universities here in fl and i have to wait 1 year to enter 2 their program because i have to take more classes to be accepted which its going to be 3 years for me to be an RN , right now i dont have any financial problem but you never know , in 3 years everything can happen. what i dont want its to waste more time , and i think lpn will be a good start to reach my goal , which is to be RN.

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