LPN then RN

  1. Hi everyone,

    I want to know what you all think of becoming an LPN before an RN. Schools for getting a BSN are really expensive, even with loans I still can't afford it all. I've been in school for about 3 and a half years doing pre-requisites at a CC and I am kind of in a slump. I really want to start getting experience and working as a nurse. This is my last semester doing the pre-requisites and I'm hoping to start an LPN program next semester. I'm not too sure where to go from here or if it's worth it.
    If I do pursue my LPN, I expect to work for a few years at least before going back to school to get my BSN. What are your comments or opinions about this?

    Any input is appreciated!
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  3. by   Devon Rex

    The track you follow is really up to you. However, I feel necessary to make a distinction after reading your post.

    1) LPN and RN are two different licenses.

    2) An LPN student earns a diploma or certificate in order to sit for the NCLEX-PN.

    3) An RN student earns an ASN degree in order to sit for the NCLEX-RN. You may choose to advance your career and degrees with a BSN, MSN, and up-to a doctorate degree.

    It all takes time, effort, and money... however, it is not a competition (as all roles are needed in society). You should pursue what is right for you.

    As for me, I decided to go for the ASN to get my RN license and immediately signed up for the BSN degree at a local college while I worked full-time. I plan on working for a while before I go back to school for a graduate degree (MSN). Others continue going to school while working until they reach their desired goal.

    I recommend you set yourself some short-term goals and work towards them as you can. Hope this helps. Cheers!
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    I started as an LPN and moved forward from there. I think not enough people consider it to get their career started.
  5. by   katesci
    This is also a helpful post as I was told that I should possibly consider going for my LPN and then working towards my RN and then BSN in that regard! I just posted for the first time on here moments ago about my desire to become a nurse but am not sure if ADN to get my RN and then immediately sign up for a BSN is a good idea. I live in CT and it seems that BSN is the way to go but I cannot possibly stop working - not working and paying for school is just not in the cards for my financial situation. I wish you the best!