Questions to ask while School Shopping

Nursing Students LPN-RN


Hi folks,

God willing I will graduate and become licensed this fall as an LPN.

I LOVE my school, but it's expensive. I'm looking at getting my RN at a community college and then do a BSN completion program before pursuing my DNP.


What are some questions I should ask the schools I'm looking at? There are three community colleges within driving distance.

-assure that having my LPN grants advanced standing, rather than having to retake fundamentals, pharm, etc.

-determine how many more prereqs I need for the RN program

-find out how long the LPN-RN program is

-how long the waitlist is/what kind of validation program they use

-if LPNs share the same waitlist as the regular RN program

What else, folks?

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.
What are some questions I should ask the schools I'm looking at?
Here's an important question:

• Is the nursing program accredited by either ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) or the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)?

I started as an LVN and graduated from an LPN-to-RN (ASN) bridge program that was unaccredited. Since the vast majority of RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MSN completion programs require applicants to have graduated from an accredited school of nursing, it took me several years to find an affordable program that would accept the credits earned at the unaccredited school.

Prior to finding this affordable RN-to-BSN program, the only other schools with nursing programs that would accept my credits were the expensive investor-owned entities such as University of Phoenix, Kaplan, Chamberlain, and ITT Tech.

So to save some time and heartache, ensure that the RN completion program you select has national nursing accreditation.

I can't believe I overlooked that. Wow, thank you.

What other questions should I be asking?

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