i need advice on on-line and or distance learning

  1. I'm an lvn in California and I would like to get in an rn program. I have a job that I work at a rural health clinic and have a decent pay and good benefits. I'm also the only one working in my family. Because of this I would like to try a distance learning or on-line program. My only fear is that these types of programs will not give me the practical experience on skills that I have gotten rusty at. Do any of these programs have places you can go to practice skills? Thanks! Any and all advise, info, and opinions will and are greatly appreciated!
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  3. by   EricJRN
    The largest distance LVN-to-RN program represented on these boards is Excelsior College, but Excelsior is not currently accepted by the California BRN. You might check the BRN website to find any approved programs which offer a portion of their program via distance education. Good luck!
  4. by   deleern
    I did most of my LPN using distance education, provided by our comunity collage we had students from canada and Idaho ND, I am from MN I did all my Co Req and Pre reqs for my RN this way as well, all I have left is clinicals and one class. I work Full time at a LTC Facility, Check with a Community College. They offer lots of alternitives. My First year in the the LPN Program I worked nights and went to school during the day.... It is doable.
  5. by   Savyldy
    Hi delee99,
    Hello to you. Recently I failed out of AAS nursing program at community college in NYC. I have since applied to another school for their LPN program.
    I just saw your posting about doing most of your LPN courses online and I am interested in information about your school. When I was in school I placed all my eggs in one basket,so to speak. So, although I have applied to another school I am trying to have a back up plan. The school I applied to, program starts in January and the entrance exam is in October.
    Thanks for the info
  6. by   deleern
    Our Community College is Open enrollment for the LPN Program. we start on Monday here is the link http://www.northlandcollege.edu/ I had to do all my basic nursing classes at the campus but the A&P1 and a&P2 Ect. i did on line.

    Actualy It is possible to do the LPN online except for the Clinicals you whould have to live in Thief River Falls, Bemidji or East Grand Forks.
    All In Minnesota.

    PM me if you have any Questions.
    Dee
  7. by   j3yang21
    Is it possible to do LPN to RN program online as well? What about the Clinical portion?
  8. by   deleern
    Yes they have real clinicals.

    On Site Requirements:

    Fall 2007 On Site Requirements:
    Online learners must allow for on-site requirements involving three 4-day weekends, Friday through Monday, each semester with labs and clinicals either in Bemidji or Park Rapids. Schedules will be arranged well in advance.


    Below is the page with all the information!!!
    http://distance.minnesota.edu/visito...prog_code=B850
  9. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from j3yang21
    Is it possible to do LPN to RN program online as well? What about the Clinical portion?
    Excelsior requires that one pass a three day exam, the CPNE.

    Be sure your state accepts Excelsior. CA decidedly won't.
  10. by   j3yang21
    Thanks! Would State of Illinois allow me to sit for NCLEX-RN and have a license in the state if I do distance learning? I know Excelsior is not acceptable by my state.

    Quote from delee99
    Yes they have real clinicals.

    On Site Requirements:

    Fall 2007 On Site Requirements:
    Online learners must allow for on-site requirements involving three 4-day weekends, Friday through Monday, each semester with labs and clinicals either in Bemidji or Park Rapids. Schedules will be arranged well in advance.


    Below is the page with all the information!!!
    http://distance.minnesota.edu/visito...prog_code=B850
    Last edit by j3yang21 on Jun 21, '08
  11. by   j3yang21
    illinois does not either.
    application instructions for licensure specifically exclude excelsior college:

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    note:
    [color=#292526]excelsior college a/k/a/ the university of the state of new york
    regents external degree program is an unapproved nursing education
    program in the state of illinois due to the fact that it does not have concurrent
    theory and clinical components as required by the illinois nurse practice
    act. therefore, it is considered to be a correspondence course which is

    identified by the act as not meeting the requirements for licensure.

    Quote from suesquatch
    excelsior requires that one pass a three day exam, the cpne.

    be sure your state accepts excelsior. ca decidedly won't.
  12. by   Baloney Amputation
    If you are an EC grad, you can get licensed in Illinois after 2 years of full-time RN practice in another state. A few other states have similar requirements.

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