In the career market, registered nurses (RNs) have a relative advantage compared to LPNs, so the major advantage of the LPN to RN bridge program is that you can complete your education to become a RN in a shorter period of time, get certified to work, and start earning a good salary package with a promising job outlook.
With the advancing technology nowadays, it is now possible for people to attend school without being physically present in the school campus. Distance learning through online educational programs are being offered in selected schools, and that includes online LPN to RN Bridge Programs.
How do online LPN to RN Bridge Programs work? With online programs, student-instructor interactions are done online through live chats or email. The course requirements, syllabus, and class activities are sent through email by ways of video simulations or reading text materials. Students can access the school’s website for the online program 24/7. To put it simply, online LPN to RN bridge programs convert an actual physical classroom to a virtual online class.
However, in a medical allied field like nursing, not all activites can be done online. Major examinations may require the actual attendance of the student in a classroom to take the test. Practical related learning experience duties may also need to be done in an actual clinical setting in a medical facility and should be duly supervised by a clinical instructor.
The basic admission requirements for online LPN to RN bridge programs are your transcript of records from your respective institution to which you have completed your LPN program; a GPA of at least 2.5; and your recent and active LPN license. Some schools may require a minimum number of years of active practice being a LPN. You may also need to pass a letter of intent, recommendation letters, and may need to complete the pre-requisite courses mandated by the school prior to beginning the bridge program.
The course credits you have gained from your LPN program can help shorten your duration in taking the LPN to RN bridge program. Depending on your school, the bridge program may take one year to a year and a half to complete.
Here are some of the courses involved with the LPN to RN bridge program. **Note- Some schools may not offer all of these classes.**
Writing: English Composition – 3 credit hours
Sociology: Introduction to Sociology –3 credit hours
Psychology: Introduction to Psychology –3 credit hours
Biology: Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab – 2 to 4 credit hours
Role Transition — LPN-RN – 6 credit hours
Adult Health Nursing III – 6 credit hours
Psychology: Abnormal Psychology – 3 credit hours
Biology: Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab – 4 credit hours
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing — 6.5 credit hours
Nursing of Childbearing Family — 6.5 credit hours
Nursing care of Children — 6.5 credit hours
Advanced Adult Health Nursing — 6.5 credit hours
Role Transition: Student to Professional – 2 credit hours
Philosophical: Topics: Biomedical Ethics – 3 credit hours
Microbiology & Chemistry I with Lab – 2 credit hours
Microbiology & Chemistry II with Lab – 2 credit hours
Algebra for College Students – 4 credit hours
Pharmacology for Nurses – 3 credit hours
Pathophysiology I –2 credit hours
Pathophysiology II – 1 credit hour
Anatomy & Physiology IV with Lab – 2 credit hours
Culture & Society – 3 credit hours
Multi-System Nursing Care – 3 credit hours
Management Concepts Applied to Nursing – 3 credit hours
Various schools have wide ranging tuitions. Some offer the classes for as low as $15,000.00 while some go as high as $30,000.00 so picking the right school is really important so that you get the most beneficial education for your money.
Some of the schools that offer the LPN-RN bridge program are:
1: Chamberlain College of Nursing — http://www.chamberlain.edu/admissions/undergraduate/lpn-to-rn-bridge
2: McHenry County College — http://www.mchenry.edu/lpn/
3: Allegany College of Maryland — http://www.allegany.edu/x1265.xml
4: Lutheran School of Nursing — http://www.nursingschoollmc.com/lpntorntrack.php
5: Indiana State University — http://www.indstate.edu/lpn-bs/
6: Richland Community College — http://www.richland.edu/programs/nurs/bridge
7: Santa Fe College — http://www.sfcollege.edu/healthsciences/packets/?section=lpn_to_rn
8: The College Network — http://www.collegenetwork.com/nursing/lpntornbridgeorg
9: RN bridge program — http://www.rnbridgeprogram.com/
10: Charter Oak State College — http://www.charteroak.edu/current/courses/lpntorn.cfm
11: Chattahoochee Technical College — http://www.chattahoocheetech.edu/programsandcourses/academicprogramscredit/health-sciences/lpn-to-asn-bridge/
12: Highland Community College — http://highlandcc.edu/pages/lpn-to-rn
13: Georgia Perimeter College — http://depts.gpc.edu/~gpcnurs/infolpnbridge.html
14: Carrington College — http://carrington.edu/degrees/nursing-bridge/
15: Virginia Highlands Community College — http://www.vhcc.edu/index.aspx?page=490
16: San Bernardino Valley College — http://www.valleycollege.edu/academic-career-programs/degrees-certificates/nursing/lvn-to-rn-program
17: Guilford Technical Community College — http://www.gtcc.edu/programs-of-study/nursing.aspx
19: Columbia State Community College — http://www.columbiastate.edu/academics/health-sciences/nursing/lpn-to-rn-bridge-options
20: Rock Valley College — https://www.rockvalleycollege.edu/Courses/Programs/Nursing/lpn.cfm
21: Worcester State University — http://www.worcester.edu/LPN-BS/
22: Wytheville Community College — http://www.wcc.vccs.edu/lpn-rn-bridge
23: Northern Virginia Community College — http://www.nvcc.edu/campuses-and-centers/medical/academic-divisions/nursing/lnp-rn-program.html
24: Golden West College — http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/nursing/lvn_application.html
25: Georgia Southern University — http://chhs.georgiasouthern.edu/nursing/programs/licensed-practical-nurse/
26: Rasmussen College — http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/professional-nursing-mobility/
27: Neosho County Community College — http://www.neosho.edu/Departments/Nursing/LPNtoRN.aspx
28: South Florida State College — http://www.southflorida.edu/academic/programs/nursing/1560/
29: Central Carolina Technical College — http://www.cctech.edu/academics/1229.htm
30: Kansas City Kansas Community College — http://www.nursingexplorer.com/schools/kansas-city-kansas-community-college#p7600
In summary, if you are currently an LPN that wants to transition to a RN so that you make more money, have greater responsibilities, and have a chance to grow in the medical profession, you really may want to consider looking into a Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse bridge program. You may decide to go to a traditional brick and mortar learning institution, or you could consider an online program to meet your needs.
If you are currently a LPN that is considering transitioning to a RN, we would love to hear from you! If you have already completed a bridge program, or are currently in one, we would also love to hear from you! Just leave a comment in the box below the video.
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