Becoming an LPN while in studying to be an RN...

  1. I have heard on other nursing boards that sometimes you can take your boards for LPN once you pass a certain point in clinicals for RN. Does anyone know about this? Does it vary from state to state? I know I'm kind of jumping the gun as I don't start classes until January, but I am so excited and feel this would be a great opportunity if it is allowed in my state (Louisiana) to work part time while in school and gain some clinical experience. Thanks so much! This is the best board!
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  3. by   essarge
    I've heard that also, but when I checked out my state, the only thing that they allow is for RN students to work as CNA's after their first year in school. They do not allow you to sit for the LPN boards. Can't get anyone to give me any logical reason for it, especially in this nursing shortage, but then again, who am I??
  4. by   BrandyBSN
    I dont think it depends on the state, it mostly depends on the school. I have never seen a BSN program offer LPN along the way, but some other programs, mostly the ones that are both LPN programs and LPN-RN transition programs. Students can stop after the LPN program, or they can continue. Check with your school to see if that is an option for you

  5. by   KristaB
    My RN program is also an LPN program. The first four quarters qualify you to sit for the PN boards, but you directly articulate (if you choose, most here do) to the RN portion of the program. I'll be eligible for the NCLEX-PN in August, and while I may take it (they encourage you to for "practice"), I'll be going straight into the RN program next September and graduate the following June. It isn't a separate application procedure.

    Some programs offer this "ladder" style program, but I think most do not. It is usually only offered at community colleges, mostly as a cost saving measure, since they don't have to run two separate programs. I've never heard of a BSN program that offers it.

    You should check around and ask your program director about it.