Should I go for the CNA program while finishing my bachelors?

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by kpng (New) New

I have an AA degree and transferred to a university as a junior, majoring in biology/sociology. I just recently decided on being a nurse practitioner. I want to finish off my degree at the university and try to get into an accelerated BSN or MSN program later in the future. At the same time, I want some experience so I want to start off with a nursing program at a community college.. I'm a new mommy and constantly moving since my husband is in the military. So, what do you think is better for my situation? The CNA or LVN program? Or should I just go for the RN?

Cost of program

CNA= $550

LVN=$2800

Or any advice in general? Thanks so much in advance!

Edited by kpng

PacoUSA, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU / PCU / Telemetry. Has 10 years experience. 3,445 Posts

There are some nursing programs that require students to be CNAs before enrollment. It would not be a disadvantage either way. Go for it!

kpng

4 Posts

Thanks so much for the response :D Good luck to you in getting accepted!

caliotter3

38,332 Posts

Apply to the RN programs in your area. If not accepted, or waitlisted, then opt for the LVN program. Meanwhile, you can knock out a CNA course either way. Good luck.

kpng

4 Posts

Apply to the RN programs in your area. If not accepted, or waitlisted, then opt for the LVN program. Meanwhile, you can knock out a CNA course either way. Good luck.

Great idea :)

I will do that... thanks!!!

boston13

19 Posts

i would worry about trying to complete an lvn program while you’re also completing a ba or bs in some other field, it could be a pretty tough workload. if your eventual goal is an absn or direct-entry msn program you’re going to need strong grades to be competitive.

if you want experience in the meantime, cna might be a better option. it’s shorter and cheaper, though you’ll likely make less once you’re done.

good luck!

gapeacheykeen

99 Posts

In my area the PCT's mostly work in the hospital alongside RN's. CNA's work in nursing homes as well as doctors offices. I would try the PCT before getting a LVN, also look into getting a ADN (2 year RN) then work towards a bachelors nursing degree then further.