what is the process of becomeing a RN?

I am from Ohio near cleveland. I have my ged and would like to know the process in whitch you have to go through to become a RN. Now i hear that it is easier to become an LPN first than an RN..is that true? How long would it take in school if i went full time? I just really need to know the process in doing this. It would really help me out. How much would it cost to go to collage?


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  1. It’s a long hard road! You would need more than your GED. You need chemistry or physics, math and biology.

    Here in Canada, you need a bachelors degree in science (nursing) Not sure about the US, but I would imagine at least three years, maybe four like here.

    LPN is a two year course here and in the US. I think you call it an associates degree. You still need your math and science stuff.

    Might I suggest this, (this is what I did) and I started with my GED.

    Go for your RNA or LNA first…a one year program, you don’t need the math and it will give you a good foundation for nursing. You can always work and then do your science and math requirements part-time.

    If it takes you a year, thats okay. You have nursing experience, and then you can go into a flexible type LPN program and work at the same time plus you have the advantage of having experience, it will be much easier for you.

    If, after working as an LPN for a while you still want to become an RN it is a matter of two years or so.

    The nursing profession is very good about higher education, most employers will encourage you to get as much education as you can. Some will pay for it, most will change your rotations to accommodate your school schedule.

    It took me seven years in all but I worked along the way. I had no debt, and that is important.

    Depending on how you feel about military and if you don’t have kids, another option is to get the military to train you. Of course you would be obligated to nurse for them for a while, but the education, room and board is paid for. As far as danger goes, well there is an aspect but usually nurses are far away from the fighting.

    Look into community colleges to make sure you know your options…good luck…

  2. I can appreciate the other writer’s response; however, there are a few differences in the U.S. First of all, an associates degree nurse is still an RN. An LPN is something totally different. You can go the route of getting an LPN license, but good luck getting a job. In the U.S., all hospitals are trying to phase out LPNs. Most won’t hire new LPNs. Don’t waste your time. It would benefit you to get your ADN (associates degree nursing). That’s what I am and have been an RN for 10 yrs. New grads start out at $20/hr depending where you live. I live in Indiana.
    Most cities have some sort of ADN program and most are very good. I will say it is an incredible difficult program and you must be completely committed to being a nurse. You will have no difficulties finding a job. You are treated no differently than a bachelor’s degree RN unless you want to get into management. The cost varies program to program, but roughly $15,000 for associates, $35,000 for bachelor’s. The best thing you can do no matter what direction you want to take is to enroll into college and start taking your basic classes. This will prove yourself above and beyond whatever mistake you made with dropping out of high school.
    Hope this helps.

  3. I’m not sure how Ohio does it,but in Tn.,if you if already have your LPN(which takes a year in school to get)some of the RN programs will let you test out of certain subjects that somebody coming fresh off of the street would automatically have to take.Anatomy,Physiology,Basic Nursing and stuff like that.Also,if you have previously worked as a LPN,they sometimes deduct that from the clinical time.I hope this info helps.Good luck!