Once you are a LPN how hard is it to be RN

  1. Hello,
    LPN to RN students I wanted to know the answer to this question for a reason. Once you are a LPN how hard is it to get into a LPN to RN nursing program? The reason why I wanted to know is becasue if I am not able to get in a direct entry RN program I thought it might be so much more easier to get into a RN if I am a LPN first. I am just trying to keep my options open just in case. There is a private school in the state that I am living in that has a LPN program as long as you pass their test you in the program and do well on their interview then your in the program. so what do you think?
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  3. by   luv4nursing
    That is smart thinking and is exactly what I did! I applied a few times to the generic RN program and didnt get in, so I got my LPN first and decided I would take the bridge to RN. Well I got in the bridge program the first try and start next month. I would probably still be waiting to start the generic program, and here I am working and making a decent living, and going back for my RN with a one year head start (only one year to finish versus two)! Its even better that they put the program at the college I attend mainly online (except clinicals, exams, and skills lab), so it is convenient to those of us who need to work while we finish. I do peds home health so I have tons of down time, especially on night shift, and I can get most of my school work done at work. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

    Go for it! Good luck!
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Once you're an LPN, it is usually easier to be admitted into an LPN-to-RN program.
  5. by   Dabuggy

    At the school I go to, we had 15 students that did not pass the prereq's for the RN program. This opened 15 seats. I'm not sure how they are filled but if you apply to a few schools your chances increase.

  6. by   LPN2be topaz
    From and educational view point ~ I got my LPN first, from a technical school, and then applied to the RN program at a community college after I had my pre-reqs done. I was immediately accepted for the next semester. :chuckle I'll be starting in January and I'm really excited~! Everyone else who applies to the RN program with their pre-reqs done (but without their LPN) is on a waiting list of at least a year. Meanwhile, I've been working as an LPN and making a good income.

    From a professional view point ~ I can only say that I hope (and common sense tells me) that being an LPN before becoming an RN really is an advantage. While you work as an LPN, you're able to build up some of the same skills you will use as an RN and get familiar with working in the Health Care field. I'm still a new LPN - I just started working in October. So far, it's been a really challenging job, more stressful than any other job I've had, but I'm always learning.
  7. by   goldengirl25
    sounds like some good advice. tx
  8. by   fishchick72
    Yes, it's much easier to get into an RN program when you are already an LVN. And if you get some acute care work experience in prior to starting the RN program you will be ahead of the game there too & RN clinicals will be much easier.