LPN to RN Bridge Programs
Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who wants to advance in career and increase salary? Are you limited in the amount of time that you can devote to additional training? If so, you may want to consider enrolling in an LPN to Registered Nurse (RN) bridge program.
What Degree Will I Earn?
If you choose to become an RN by enrolling in an LPN to RN bridge program, you will earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) upon graduation. You can choose to complete your bridge program online or on-site; however, whichever method you choose, make sure that the program is approved by your local Board of Nursing and accredited by a legitimate accrediting organization.
How Long Are LPN to RN Bridge Programs?
The length of your bridge program will vary depending on the amount of prior education and work experience you have accumulated. Nevertheless, a typical LPN to RN bridge program lasts only about 12 to 18 months. This is possible because much of your prior training and work experience can be applied to the requirements of your RN training program.
What are the Requirements for LPN to RN Bridge Programs?
For you to be eligible for an LPN to RN bridge program, you will need to meet various admission requirements set by your state and the school you choose to attend. These requirements vary a bit from school to school and state to state, but some of the most common requirements are:
- Admissions Application
- Proof of Current LPN License in Good Standing
- Advisor Interview, Admissions Essay or Facility Orientation
- Previous College/University Transcripts
- Overall GPA of 2.5 - 2.75 (depending on the school)
- Nursing Program Assessment Exam
What Will I Learn in an LPN to RN Bridge Program?
During your LPN program, you learned the basics of patient care. During your LPN to RN bridge program, you will participate in more advanced training. Coursework in this type of bridge programs vary from one school to another; however, some good examples of courses you may encounter during your training include:
- Pharmacology for Nurses
- Multi-System Nursing Care
- Management Concepts in Nursing
- Transitions in Professional Nursing
- Advanced Patient Assessments for Nurses
- Advanced Mental Health Nursing
- Advanced Adult Health
- Maternal-Child Nursing
Enrolling in an LPN to RN bridge program is a great option for LPNs who are interested in earning more money by moving up the career ladder.