I'm a nursing student at Hutchinson Community College's LPN to RN Traditional Bridge Program. I'm seeing lots and lots of posts about different programs and I'd like to share my experiences this far.
I started my LPN to RN "Tranitions" class mid June of this year. It went well. We reviewed a lot of MedSurg content that I'd previously covered in the PN program. We had two clinical days where we went to a private surgical hospital and took care of patients. The experience was amazing. We had opportunities to start IV's, D/C IV's, observe surgeries, and give pre/post op care.
Our semester started with OB. The classes OB, Peds, and MedSurg 3 are broken into 5 week chunks. My OB rotation is about to end, and it's been great. That class is 2 days/wk 1/2 days. Along with OB, we have Skills Lab which is 1 day/wk 1/2 day. Along with that, we have an online "Issues and Trends" class where our assignments are spaced out to provide ample opportunity to complete them with adequate time management.
Is it possible to work and do this program? Absolutely, for me anyways. It depends on your learning and study style. I do home health and hospice, so I pretty much set my own schedule.
You WILL have more out of pocket expenses.
1. Scrubs - ordered from a specific company and run 80-100/set
2. Books - I spent around 750 for summer and added another 300 this semester.
3. Accommodations - we have a trip where we stay overnight. We are to pay for our own accommodations and grub while there.
4. Testing Fees - it's my understanding we pay for our own testing fees and application fees
5. RN Pin - we pay for our own pins.
However - my experience this far in this program has been fantastic.
Any questions, please feel free to ask!