Should i start out with lpn or rn?

Hi, I am trying to decide whether to do a 1yr lpn program at a community college and then continue on to an rn. Or, do a 2 yr rn degree program at a local nursing school? I eventually wanna get my bsn and become a nurse anesthetist. I don’t know how i should go about getting there?

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  1. Lyndsey Brooke says:

    If you plan on going for the RN right after you get your LPN, then just start off going for the RN. It’ll take less time in the long run.

  2. I would recommend entering directly into an RN program. The average annual salary for an LPN is $43,00 per year. The average annual salary for an RN is $72,000 per year. That is a huge difference and if you already intend on becoming an RN and completing your BSN degree it makes sense to take it all in one step.

  3. Why Can't I Have Nice Things? says:

    the lpn has the same prerequisites as the rn so 2-3 years. unless you get a bachelor’s (the smartest route ), which takes an extra year of general courses , the community college ADN takes 3-4 years and the bsn takes 4-5 years.

    so becoming an lpn 2 to 3 years, then going back to get you BSN or ADN = 2-4 more years of schooling .=5- 7 years spent in school

    ADN -bsn = 2 more years so 5-6 years spent in school.

    straight into BSN 4-5 years spent in school (you will eventually get told to get that bachelor’s degree so you might as well go right into it and save money, and time ) edit: since you want to be a nurse anesthetist, you will HAVE to get your BSN so why not save time and go straight for the BSN.

    let’s not forget that it is NOT worth to pay thousand and thousands of dollars on an LPN program. an LPN salary will NOT pay the student debt of more than 6,000 dollars if you’re intention is not to stay as an LPN for at least 3-5 years (all depending on your living costs ) you cannot have debt from a while back while going to school. it will drive you nuts because the RN program is rigorous and you will have not much time to work while studying in the RN program .

    edit: @ little white lies. unfortunately, we must also think about the money. LPN and RN are basically the same , so if you’re going to spend so much money in a program, might as well be the one that will help you more financially upon graduation/ finding a job. you are still a nurse who wants to help people either way so might as well make more money. besides, the LVN-ADN (or BSN) doesn’t waive that many courses. I know in my area (southern california ) it only waives about 3 courses. that’s NOT a short cut/bridge.

  4. little white lies says:

    It is not all about the money…it irritates me when people talk about the difference in money that an rn makes and a lpn….i am in the lpn program at a community college right now…and i was advised to do this first and than bridge over to the rn program for the experiance you get as a lpn will help you with the rn program…also in my school if you have the lpn behind you the rn program is alot shorter than if you just start in the rn program….just saying…