How Long is the LPN to RN Program

Posted by Athena Career Academy on Apr 20, 2017

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Generally, how long a LLPN to RN program takes to complete depends on the individual student's motivation and financial situation. In particular, how much time they have to devote to their studies as opposed to working a job and whether they can obtain loans for the education or will have to finance it themselves will have a significant effect on how long it takes to graduate. In addition, the number of course hours earned in the LLPN that can be transferred to the RN program will also affect how many more courses will need to be taken.

So, in all, it may take upwards of six years to finish a LPN to RN bridge program but most students will graduate in as little as three or four years. Here are a few more details that someone considering a LPN to RN program:

Why Earn an RN degree?

At the patient level, RNs are able to take on a wider variety of duties than a practical nurse including the administering of medications, performance of diagnostic tests and overseeing pain management protocols. In addition, on average, RNs earn one and a half to two times the salary of a LPN. Finally, upper-level management positions are available to RNs that are typically never given to LPNs. In short, becoming an RN opens up a world of possibilities not available to a LPN.

LPN to RN Transition Program Details?

Depending on your experience, there may be gaps in your educational experience. For instance, a typical LPN to RN program will require competency in English composition, anatomy and physiology, biology and general chemistry. While many of these courses can be taken online – a great benefit to the working student – there will be many clinical courses that need to be attended in person. Obviously, the more prerequisites that are already fulfilled, the less time the bridge program will take to complete.

Career Advancement Opportunities with an RN Degree?

The essentials of nursing are the same for both LPNs and RNs but, on the hierarchy of healthcare professionals, RNs rank just below physicians. As such, their responsibilities and opportunities are much greater than those of a LPN. RNs can also advance also more easily advance into management positions in a healthcare facility – an option rarely given to a LPN. Finally, RNs with a BSN degree can further advance their education with a masters degree and then become a clinical nurse, anesthetist, midwife or nurse practitioner.   

How to Get Started

The first step is to make the decision to improve your future. Then you will need to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) or National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination. Check with the program administrators to find out which one is required by their school.

A career as a LPN can be rewarding – both personally and financially – especially for anyone with a sincere desire to help others but an RN offers even more on both level. If you have the time, energy and financial wherewithal, it is definitely worth the effort. For more information on a variety of LPN to RN programs available in the Toledo area, please contact us online at the Athena Career Academy.

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Topics: Practical Nursing