Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) can have very rewarding careers. However, without an advanced college education or additional training, there are limits on promotion opportunities in the field of nursing. Management positions on nursing teams, and other leadership positions within healthcare organizations are usually given those who have completed advanced degree studies and bridge programs. Therefore, anyone who is currently working as an LPN, but wants to see potential salary increases and improved career prospects, should consider enrolling in an LPN to BSN bridge program.
This type of bridge program prepare students to take the RN certification exam (NCLEX-RN) if they so choose, as well as pursue leadership positions on medical staffs. Upon completion of the program, the graduate have earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree, which carries significant opportunities with it. For example, if one has the desire to pursue a Master of Science in nursing degree (MSN), having a BSN is often a prerequisite for admission to an MSN program. General courses that are common in LPN to BSN programs include:
Once you have earned your degree, you’ll likely qualify for employment as a nurse once you pass the NCLEX-RN exam. As an RN, you can specialize in once of the many areas of medicine, such as pediatrics, women’s health, trauma care, just to name a few. However, you might need to take additional classes or earn an MSN degree to qualify for employment in a specialized field. As an RN, however, you’ll have the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a variety of different settings. The career outlook for nurses is excellent, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
LPN to BSN bridge programs typically take at least two years for completion. If courses are taken on a part time basis, then that time could increase to as much as four years. Fortunately, there are online options available, so students who have family or work commitments can still pursue their education. Most schools offer credit for courses completed at other institutions prior to enrollment. Additionally, some schools even offer placement exams that can give students the opportunity to test out of certain courses.