Licensed vocational nurses may want to advance their career prospects in the nursing field by becoming registered nurses (RNs). RNs typically command higher salaries than LPNs, and have greater career advancement opportunities because of their higher knowledge base and credentials. However, since a university degree is not required in order to practice as an LVN, many potential students do not know where to start. One excellent thing to consider is an LP\VN to RN bridge program.
LVN to RN bridge programs are geared specifically towards LVNs who are currently practicing and wish to be properly prepared for their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). This exam can be quite challenging, so taking courses specifically designed to give students information and problem solving techniques that are useful for the test can be a huge benefit. The other benefit, is that these bridge programs offer students a way to obtain an associates degree, which further increases their earning potential. Additionally, some of these programs from schools like Achieve Test Prep will allow students to earn Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. While this type of program is longer, the higher degree level can often result in a significant earnings increase for the nurse.
How long does it take to complete an LVN to RN program?
LVN to RN bridge programs typically take about two years of study for completion. This time can be decreased with prior credit, fast-track programs, or if the university allows students to test out of certain subjects and courses. This time can be increased if students decide to only attend classes on a part time basis, or have to take a term off for whatever reason. While their are many traditional brick and mortar LVN to RN programs, there are also distance education options available. Distance education can be an excellent choice for nurses who do not want to stop working as an LVN in order to become an RN. The flexibility offered by online LVN to RN courses can also be helpful for anyone who has family commitments. While a majority of the coursework may be completed online, it is important to note that clinicals will still need to be completed in person.