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. Utilize the links below for answers to FAQs.

  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?

A bridge program offers an accelerated path for obtaining a registered nurse licensure or earning a more advanced degree like a BSN or MSN. It is designed for students who already have a background in nursing whether that is an LPN/LVN or RN license or an ungraduate degree like an ADN. Typical program lengths are anywhere from 2 to 4 years, all depending on previous experience, credit, and desired educational outcome.

Some schools offer online bridge programs for students pursuing their RN licensure or BSN degree (though the actual exam for licensure can usually only be taken in person at a testing site). Below are we have listed accredited options:


Achieve Test Prep

With no waiting lists to get started, free books, and low cost financing options available, Achieve Test Prep provides a great way for LPNs, LVNs, and Paramedics to earn an Associates Degree in Nursing and an RN license. Convenient, instructor led test-out programs allow you to learn at an accelerated pace and earn college credit-by-examination which can then to be transferred to an ACEN accredited nursing school or 100’s of universities nationwide. To find out more, contact Achieve Test Prep.

South University

  • SACS

The MSN programs in General, Adult Health, and Nurse Education at South University provide excellent curriculum for top notch medical care. The adult health program focuses on providing adult health care for a wide range of medical needs while the nurse education program develops teaching and coaching skills to train future medical professionals. The school also offers RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs. These programs advance students' understanding of complex medical theory and also give the skills necessary for advancement into management. To find out more, contact South University.

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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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