If you love working in the nursing profession but crave more, you may consider enrolling in any of the LVN to RN programs to create new challenges. By becoming a registered nurse (RN) you will be opening new doors for employment and opportunities not afforded to vocational nurses. Imagine working more in supervisory roles or being able to help your patients more. This all can happen if you decide to enroll in LVN to RN bridge programs.
LVN to RN programs are set up for those looking with the drive and desire to advance up the nursing hierarchy. In these accelerated training programs, you will quickly be able to jump up the nursing hierarchy and reach for higher career goals than as a vocational nurse. Besides gaining new responsibilities and duties, you will also be in more of a position to help patients more and have a higher salary.
In this article we will give you an overview of what LVN to RN programs are. We will cover a number of topics including how you can find the right program as well as why you should consider going. If you have the right qualifications and temperament, LVN to RN programs may be the way to kick start your career and we’re here to help you find out if this is the right choice for you.
You may have other questions than what we have answered here. If so, don’t hesitate to contact us via email (VNOStaff@vocationalnursingonline.net). We will gladly help you in any way we can.
What Are LVN to RN Programs?
LVN to RN programs are what commonly called bridge programs. They help you bridge the gap of your skills and knowledge you previously received in training to the current level of study. This is done by eliminating some of the classes you would have to take or by giving you credit for classes you’ve already taken — including most online LVN online classes.
By giving you credit for classes you’ve already taken can drastically reduce the amount of time you normally spend in school. For example, many of the registered nurse programs take up to four years to complete. Since you have already completed a number of the classes within the curriculum during your LVN training, your training time might be reduced by two or more years.
We’ve put some of the frequently asked questions that we have received on LVN to RN programs in the tabs below. We would recommend reading each tab but at least check out the answers we’ve provide for any questions you may have.
Where Can I Find Them?
Most of the bridge programs, including LVN to RN programs can be found at most colleges and universities in California that also offer nurse training. Most likely the school that you went to for LVN training has one of these bridge programs set up. If not, they can help you find one in your area.
LVN to RN programs are fairly easy to find around the state. More than likely one is near you. If you don’t know if there are any programs near you, you can try any of the following methods to locate one.
- Our database has a list of all of the LVN to RN programs in California, just enter your zip code to get local results
- You can do a search online using the term “LVN to RN programs”, we suggest using Google search
- Talk to current registered nurses that went through a bridge program and find out where they got their training
- Ask staff members at the medical facility you work at if they have any suggestions
- Contact your LVN instructor for their take on area schools
Are There Online LVN to RN Programs?
For those that are asking, yes there are online LVN to RN programs available. For most us that work full-time and have a family too, online classes are probably one of the greatest advancements in years. Not to mention that they are becoming increasingly more popular and accepted in the working world.
Online LVN to RN programs offer some distinct advantages over a more traditional school. These advantages include:
- Having the ability to adapt your classes to your current schedule
- Study at any time, day or night, as long as you have a computer and internet connection
- You can get training from more prestigious schools outside of your local area
- Still be able to work and enjoy down time
- You can actually save money by taking online classes by not buying books or driving to class
- Online programs are set up to be more student-centered to help you better understand the material
- You will be able to study at your own pace instead of the pace of a classroom
- Most online LVN to RN programs allow you to count some of your work experience as part of your practical training
- Take tests and quizzes when you are ready to take them instead of when the class says so
- It is possible to complete your training faster than it would in a traditional school
What Should I Look For in These Programs?
Before you decide to enroll in any school offering LVN to RN programs, you will need to check a few things first. Let’s be honest, you are getting ready to put some money and time down on your future so will want to know if everything is good first. So here are some tips on how to locate one of these bridge programs that can hopefully land you in a good position.
- Check for accreditation from nationally recognized organizations such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
- Try to compare the curriculum between all of the schools you have interest in
- Talk with past and present students to find out what they have to say about the program
- Contact program instructors and check in to their relevant and real world experience in nursing
- Compare the costs of each of the programs
- Visit the campus and get a feel for what the school is and if you feel comfortable
- See if you can find out if the school will accept your previous credits
- Contact the California State Board of Nursing for a list of recommendations
Are There Any Enrollment Requirements?
One thing to remember about enrolling in any of the LVN to RN programs is that competition can be tough. There are just not enough slots to meet the growing popularity of nursing school. So they have a series of requirements that must be met in order to be admitted.
Here is a list of some of the common requirements that most LVN to RN programs require for enrollment.
- Must have a valid license as a vocational nurse
- Must currently be working as an LVN
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must be able to pass a drug screening
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check
- Must have all of your vaccinations
- Must have had at least a “C” average in training
Why Should I Become an RN?
If at this point you are still trying to figure out if you want to enroll in LVN to RN programs, you might need some motivation. So here we go!
Top reasons you should go enroll in LVN to RN programs
- Better chances at career advancement
- Be able to experience new work settings
- Gain more respect
- Will raise your self-esteem
- Opens up new career opportunities
- Creates new avenues to grow and reach your career goals
- More responsibility
- Learn new skills to help treat your patients better
- Potentially make more money!