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LPN vs. RN program

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by mistiestar mistiestar (New) New

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I am starting my pre reqs again for the 3rd time.. (I've gotten a little side tracked a few times) after finishing my pharm tech program i am ready to do it this time.. my question is, would it be best to do the classes i need to get into the LPN program and then work on the rest for the RN when finished or just suck it up and do the RN?? Looking for some advice

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Hi mistiestar! Welcome to allnurses. :) If your ultimate goal is to be an RN, I say go for it. There certainly isn't anything wrong with going for an LPN program, but when I was researching what to do, I found that most RN bridge programs didn't seem to give enough credit to those who had already gone through the LPN programs. Additionally, many people go through an LPN program first so they can be in the field making money while furthering their education. However, you mentioned that you have already gone through a Pharm Tech program, so that would enable you to hopefully get your foot in the door at a good hospital and make some money while you work your way to an RN program. But of course the choice is yours! Good luck to you in whatever you decide!

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akanini has 10 years experience as a MSN, LPN, RN.

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Do the RN and get it or it, that's if working isn't a major priority at the moment.

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I thought about doing that, but questioned why would I want to go 18 months through LPN, graduate then go through RN program. It didn't make sense to me unless I wanted to work as a LPN to gain experience, then go back to school. Just finish your pre-reqs and apply to program you really want to apply to.

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I went the LPN route, and I'm so happy I did.

The program didn't need pre-recs

It was only a year long

I had no medical background

I never went to collage, and graduated high school in 1987.

My goal was to become a NURSE! And I wanted the fasted route to that.

I became a LPN in 2009, I start a RN program, not a bridge in January, yes I could of done a bridge, but got a scholarship for the RN program.

I work as a LPN on a sub-acute rehab floor.

I'm going to keep going LPN- RN-BSN - NP-DNP

Good luck to you!

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Where I'm from they require the same pre-reqs for both LPN and ADN programs. The only thing about that is, if you attend a college that doesnt require pre reqs for LPN program once you graduate, before you apply to the Nursing program you're gonna have to have Micro, A&P 1&2, & Chem. Just weigh your options because those pre reqs alone can take you anywhere from 2-3 semesters to complete

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Where I'm from they require the same pre-reqs for both LPN and ADN programs. The only thing about that is, if you attend a college that doesnt require pre reqs for LPN program once you graduate, before you apply to the Nursing program you're gonna have to have Micro, A&P 1&2, & Chem. Just weigh your options because those pre reqs alone can take you anywhere from 2-3 semesters to complete

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Just a reminder an LPN is a nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse

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GM kimmynurse, I'm very much so aware of that, it's funny that you would take the time out to point that out to a pre-nursing student on a Nursing website. Have a great day

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