LPN program

U.S.A. Arizona


Which LPN programs do you recommend? There seems to be so many different ones, I want to make sure I make the right decision! My ultimate goal is an RN, but the wait is so long, it seems that the better route to go is LPN, then on to RN. My life is so chaotic anyways, I don't know if I could give up 2 years to complete the RN program at this time!

Any suggestions would be appreciated:-)


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My personal thought is that the skill centers (Southwest Skill Center and Maricopa Skill Center) are the better options in terms of getting an LPN. The reason for this is that there are no waitlists and they're both financial aid eligible programs. There are two more LPN programs in the valley: Gateway Fast Track and EVIT. Gateway has a lottery, so you could be waiting forever. EVIT is a part time program that only works with the Pell Grant, so even if you qualify for 100% Pell you'd still have to come out of pocket for about $3000.


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Specializes in Cardiac Care.

You would not be waiting forever at Gateway... many of the people that applied for the Spring got in and those that didn't get picked were placed in this coming fall. Its a lot cheaper than EVIT, & the Skills centers.


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Wow! I had no idea! Thanks for sharing. I think I must have talked to an overworked advisor when I called because she made it sound like it was nearly as bad as waiting on the community college waiting list! I think I'll put in my application to Gateway, too!


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Thanks so much for the responses back! I have a kiddo who is special needs and think I keep pushing schooling off because I'm nervous if I can handle everything, but I did it when I finished my Bachelors! Guess I needed the push off the fence and my only real hold back is the waitlist!


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Specializes in Float pool.

Yea, I know a few people as well that got right into the Gateway Lpn prlogram!


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Yea, I know a few people as well that got right into the Gateway Lpn prlogram!

I am one of those that got right in. I applied April 14th and had my acceptance letter by the end of May. To all of you out there in the application process, get in applications everywhere you can. You just never know what can happen. I too had heard horor stories about getting into the FT LPN program at Gateway. I was in line the first application day and was so discouraged by the the number of people applying. I waited in line for 2 hours! I almost just left. I thought for sure I would not get in for fall, but knew my chances would be good for Spring, so I stuck it out and it worked out! I had also applied to EVIT, but withdrew my application when I got into Gateway.

Don't let anything hold you back, just go for it and apply!

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