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I am currently a licensed LPN who is curious about the steps to take to bridge to RN and eventually obtain my BSN. (I may want to become a nurse midwife someday, but that is WAY out in the future.) I have a bachelors degree from 1997 and because I have a family, I went the LPN route. I am looking to get my RN and then move onto my BSN. I think I know how I will obtain my RN, when the time comes but am uncertain what obtaining my BSN looks like. I think that the credits earned from my original BS (in communication) 1997 will not qualify me for BSN and so need to know what it will look like after I do obtain my RN. It took me a while to get to the nursing profession which is where I have always wanted to be and not that I am here, I don't want to stop! Any advice?

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Being that you have a Bachelors already, an LVN license, and you've probably completed most of your prerequisite coursework, you might seriously look at the possibility of an LVN -> BSN course. You may or may not be able to get some credit for prior learning so you may or may not be able to "skip" the first semester or so of BSN school, but it's worth looking into. If your plan is to ultimately go BSN, take a serious look at going straight into a BSN program instead of an LVN to RN (ADN) program. The end timeframes may actually be faster to go direct to BSN than ADN to BSN from where you're at.

I have a Bachelors as well, but at the time I was applying, the 2nd Bachelors BSN wasn't an option. The local University was closed to all 2nd Bachelors students unless they were already enrolled/attending classes at the time they closed to 2nd Bachelors students.

jadelpn, LPN, EMT-B

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I would look to the local colleges that have nursing programs, make an appointment with an academic advisor for the school and ask. The general ed coursework may be applied to another BSN, but every schools timeline is different for that. And there may be other avenues that are school dependent.

It also wouldn't hurt to try some accredited online colleges as well. Especially if there's a waiting list at your local colleges.

And just to completely throw it out there, and I have not a clue if this is feasible, however, discuss the possibility of getting your Masters in nursing as opposed to a second Bachelors. The goal of midwifery may be closer than you think.

In the meanwhile, see what type of doula certifications you could take are in your area. Lactation consultant....that way, you could be well prepared for what you would like to do.

Best of Luck!

lgnewman

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They now have several accelerated BSN programs for people with Bachelopr's degree in another field. It takes about one year

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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

I received my LVN license in January 2006, enrolled in an LPN-to-RN completion program in early 2009, earned an ASN degree in March 2010 and the RN license in May 2010.

I am now in the process of enrolling in an online RN-to-BSN completion program. I picked for several reasons, including the cheap tuition and generous credit transfer policies. In fact, they are allowing me to transfer a few old credits from circa 2000/2001 that I earned at a California community college.

I think that the credits earned from my original BS (in communication) 1997 will not qualify me for BSN and so need to know what it will look like after I do obtain my RN.
Many online RN-to-BSN programs are implementing generous credit transfer policies, so I'm sure you will find a school that will accept some of your college credits from the 1990s. Good luck to you!

Js4nrs

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I received my LVN license in January 2006, enrolled in an LPN-to-RN completion program in early 2009, earned an ASN degree in March 2010 and the RN license in May 2010. I am now in the process of enrolling in an online RN-to-BSN completion program. I picked Western Governors University for several reasons....

Wow! Thank you for sharing!

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