How I made my choice was I applied to both programs and was accepted to LPN first. As an LPN you will be very limited as to where you can work, but there is plenty of work available. Nursing homes with sub acute rehab wings are always looking as are urgent cares, dr offices, VA, Prisions, etc. Most hospitals don't hire LPNs and if they do we are utilized in the same capacity as a tech. Most of my classmates all went on to get their RN right away without ever working as LPNS, but I went to work right away and love it. It depends on your personal situation and how you feel about very hard work with crappy staffing but the ability to make a huge difference on a daily basis.