Being an LPN has many perks like shorter educational requirement, a modest salary and a job outlook that is promising. However, to be more competitive in an equally competitive job market, you need to have higher nursing degree. It is still best to just consider becoming an LPN as mere stepping stone to a grander career as an RN.
The LPN to BSN transition program is designed to help practicing LPN’s to train for a wider range of career opportunities. The program is identical to the Traditional BSN program in its components with the expectation being that Licensed Practical Nurses are allowed to transfer up to 12 advanced placement credits towards the 129 credits normally required to complete the BSN. Most program running the LPN to BSN track allow students the choice of full time or part time enrollment.
LPN to BSN bridge programs are generally three to four years long. The curriculum for the bridge program covers all the area covered in the traditional BSN degree including classes in anatomy, nutrition, physiology, statistics and pharmacology. The clinical component of the program offers experience in the area of psychiatry, medical and surgical components, family health care, geriatrics etc.
Some programs may allow you to take a competency test in lieu of certain classes such as basic skills or to waive certain clinical courses depending on the extent of work experience you possess. LPN to BSN programs tend to have flexible schedules with some online components or a combination of weekend and evening class hours allowing you the option to keep on working during your enrollment in the program.
Admission to the mobility program maintains similar requirements to those for any four year college or university. Consequently you will need to meet all general admission requirements set by the college or university including a high school diploma or the equivalent, transcripts for high school and college level course work and scores on standardized examination.
Most programs require you to take the TEAS or an equivalent pre entrance examination. You are also required to have a current LPN license and some work experience as a nurse. In most cases the required work experience may reach up to 12 months and at least 6 months on the low side. It is advisable to complete your LPN training from NLNAC accredited program.
A minimum GPA of 2.5 or more is also required on all pre-requisite Science, Math and English courses taken at the college level.
Students in the LPN to BSN transition program will be expected to complete the theoretical and clinical components required by the generic BSN track. Admission requirements to the clinical component of the program include immunizations, laboratory testing, CPR certification, drug screening and other requirements such as liability insurance as necessary.
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