Welcome to LPNtoRNbridge.org. Our site outlines information on nursing bridge programs and other educational opportunities. Our blog is maintained by Joyce Fiodembo, RN, who is a published author and career counselor for nurses. If you’re interested in becoming an RN and want to learn more, we’ve listed answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. You can click on each question below to jump directly to its answer.

  1. How do LPN to RN bridge programs work?
  2. What are the benefits of becoming an RN?
  3. What other nursing bridge programs options are there?
  4. What additional resources are available for prospective students?

How do LPN to RN bridge programs work?

An LPN to RN bridge program offers an accelerated path for obtaining a registered nurse licensure. Previous training is often applied to the prerequisites for an RN licensure. In some cases, college credit towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is also awarded. Classes can be taken online, but the exam for the RN licensure is usually only available in person at a testing site. These programs are designed for Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses and can take 2 to 4 years to complete, depending on the desired outcome.

  • Designed for : Licensed Practical Nurses or Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Typical program outcome : Eligibility to sit for RN licensure exam, BSN awarded in some cases
  • Typical program length : 1.5 to 2 years for RN licensure or 3 to 4 years to obtain BSN

Some schools offer online bridge programs for students pursuing their RN licensure, including:

Indiana State University
  • HLC
The LPN to RN program offered by Indiana State University has excellent curriculum that gives students the ability to further their education without requiring them to quit their day jobs. This program is created for nurses that have busy schedules by offering the program online giving greater flexibility than other more traditional programs. This online RN/BSN training program is the only one of its kind, and offers distance learning courses enabling nurses to earn their baccalaureate job without requiring a full time commitment.
The College Network
  • AACN
  • ACEN
The LPN/LVN to RN (ADN) program offers an exciting new way for nurses to earn their ACEN accredited degree in half the time and cost of traditional programs with NO Campus Attendance. Nurses can earn their degree in 12-18 months with no waiting list and local clinicals. The College Network has worked with the National League for Nursing to develop and deliver these programs to assure they are up-to-date with current standards and regulations.

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What are the benefits of becoming an RN?

By earning your RN licensure, you can give yourself more opportunities to advance to higher positions in nursing. RNs typically earn more and enjoy better job security. An LPN to RN bridge program is ideal for students who wish to seek leadership positions and assume more responsibilities in their nursing careers. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage of registered nurses in 2103 was $68,910. The top paying industries for this occupation reported earnings over $80,000 last year. In addition to higher pay levels, other benefits of becoming an RN include:

  • Flexibility: RNs typically enjoy flexible schedules and the opportunity to work practically anywhere in the world. People need healthcare and there’s always a need for nurses.
  • Career Options: As an RN, you can work in a number of different areas of medicine as well as build on your education with an advanced degree, such as a BSN, MSN, or a DNP.
  • Job Satisfaction: Many nurses report report high levels of job satisfaction due to the variation and impact they have in their work.

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What other nursing bridge programs options are there?

More schools now offer a variety of nursing bridge program due to the increased need for qualified RNs. However, how do you know what bridge program is right for you? First, research different colleges and universities that offer the training and education you seek. Each program is unique and varies based on curriculum, length, and cost. You can learn more about other common bridge programs below:

Type of Program Program Description Career Track
LVN to RN Bridge Program Designed for LVNs who wish to obtain RN licensure; typical program length: 1 year An RN license allows you to legally practice nursing in your state. (Many states share licenses, which allows you to work in several states.)
LPN to BSN Bridge Program Designed LPNs who want to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; typical program length: 3 to 4 years A BSN degree is often a requirement for many positions as is the entry point for professional nursing practice.
Paramedic to RN Bridge Program Designed for paramedics (excludes EMTs) that want to obtain RN licensure; typical program length: 1 to 1.5 years These programs train paramedics to advance their careers to RN status, which can lead to managerial career opportunities.
RN to BSN Bridge Program Designed for RNs who want to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; typical program length: 1.5 to 2 years Earning a BSN can open doors to supervisory positions and higher salaries; it is also a necessary prerequisite for a master’s degree program in nursing.

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What additional resources are available for prospective students?

It’s important to learn as much as possible about your degree options and what program works best for you. Thanksfully, there are numerous resources available for prospective RNs, and we’ve listed a few of the most helpful sites, in addition to a few of our own guides, below:

  • RN Licensure and Program Accreditation: What You Need to Know: Our guide on licensure and program accreditation offers a comprehensive overview of what to look for when applying to a degree program as well as what to expect when pursuing your RN licensure.
  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing: The NCSBN is a great site for locating information about state nursing boards and helps to disseminate data related to the licensure of nurses.
  • Nursing Scholarship and Grant Information: We’ve put together a helpful guide on how to find information related to nursing scholarships and grants.
  • Health Resources and Services Administration: This is an excellent site for locating information related to nursing education provided by a trusted source, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Facebook and Twitter: We are active on the web and update our social media pages often with links to useful articles, blog posts, and other relevant information to keep you up-to-date on happenings in the nursing field.

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