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LVN to RN?

Specializes in health.

I've been applying for an associates degree in nursing (ADN) as well as accelerated BSN programs every year for the past 3 years in multiple community colleges and other institutions and the closest I got was a wait list for 1 community college which I didn't get a slot. I think there are many factors holding my application back from being competitive, my GPA is 3.1, some colleges only take the first TEAS score which I scored a 78 out of a 100, my sciences classes; anatomy, micro, physio I received an A, B, B, respectively. For those reasons I feel that my nursing application isn't as competitive.

I really have my eyes set to become an RN/BSN. Would it be a good idea to become an LVN (vocational nurse) first and take the step-up course for RN? For most community colleges, the LVN program isn't point based like RN programs, it's a matter of first come first serve application. So, I feel like I wouldn't have an issues getting into an LVN program. Would it be a good idea to complete an LVN program at a community college followed by a step up to RN program? Has anybody been through this route?

Yes, I did this route!

I'm not a lot of help because I was also prior military. Veterans received preference at the school that I went to. 😕

I did want to tell you though, that for my school, the LVN-RN program was just as impacted as the regular ADN program. This is because there are a lot fewer spots. The ADN route accepts 70 students per semester, while the LVN-RN program only accepts 10 per year. Some of the nurses who were approved with me had to wait up to 4 years to get in. The average was around 2 years.

We also did not have a point system but again, due to the limited amount of spots it was just as long of a wait. I hope that this gives you some kind of help as far as timeline, but maybe other schools have better luck.

If you are able to, consider an out of state school. That is what a lot of my friends did.

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