What will I have to go to acquire my CNA, LPN, and RN license?

I already have one year of applied science classes out of the way. A nurse at the place i work at said I have to get my CNA before I can even go to nursing school…what exactly is the truth, and what should I talk to my advisor about at the meeting tomorrow? thank you so much!

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  1. Shantelly says:

    Here in my city, they have lots of places that offer CNA classes. Usually about 4-5 weeks of training and about $300.They also help with job placement. Check in your area to see who offers CNA training.

  2. You don’t have to be a CNA if you want to be a nurse. Some schools, or I should say many schools, require you obtain your CNA license prior to starting a nursing program, but you aren’t required to have any actual work experience as one.

    If you want to be a CNA you can take the course and test and it will be about $300-$700 depending on where you live and where you take the test. Some nursing home will hire you without the cert. and pay for your training. It’s a course that takes about 2-4 weeks.

    If you want to be an LPN, you need to go to a tech or vocational school. It’s about a 12 month program and will cost you anywhere from $5-10k depending on the school.

    If you want to be an RN, you can do it in a number of ways. You could be an LPN first and then do a one year “bridge” program from LPN to RN at a community college, which would take about 12-18 months (after you hold the LPN of course). Or, you could skip the LPN route and go straight into an RN program at a community college to earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, which is technically a two year program but you will probably need pre-requisite courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology, etc., which might take another year. Or, you could enroll in a regular university and obtain a Bachelor of Science or Arts in Nursing, which is a 4 year degree if you attend full-time.

  3. I’m in NYC and I just got accepted to the LPN program. It is a full-time program of 11 months. While completing it, they have you take the RN pre-reqs. After that, I may enter into the RN program…and in another 11 months..I will be done. I will have my ADN as a Registered Nurse.

    A CNA takes 1.5-2 months to become and the most affordable rate I have found, so far, is $1,000. Then again, I am in NYC. I know it’s about half everywhere else.

    CNAs make $10-15/hr in NYC ( 1-2 months college)
    LPNs make $19-26/hr in NYC (1 year of college)
    RNs make $30-40/hr in NYC (2 years of college)

    All you have to worry about, with nursing, is actually being able to get into a program, as it is extremely competitive.

    EDIT: The nurse at your job is seriously misinformed or just outright lying. You do not need to be a CNA before you become a Nurse. While it is helpful, it is not a requirement at all. I would suggest though, if you have the ability, to become a CNA to get some real experience and see if you love it or not…before you waste a lot of time in the Nursing program.

    Take Care hun! :-)

  4. Nicky Styx says:

    You do not have to go the CNA route to get a nursing degree. Many people do go that route as a way to work in the nursing profession and get patient care experience while getting their nursing degree. Also, most schools where you can get LPN and RN training have waiting lists of people who are trying to get in, and they use point systems when choosing applicants for the nursing programs.

    Usually people who have experience in nursing like CNA’s get more points for those things. Ask how many points you have right now based on current education and work experience, and what you can do to increase your points to have a better chance of being accepted into the nursing program you want to go to. Your GPA and test scores will get you points, too.

    Also, if your current university has a nursing program you can make an appointment with the director of that program to ask these things.

    If you are already enrolled at a university that has a nursing program you are on the right track. When you talk to your adviser ask about which options are best for you. If you need to work to make a living while going to school then the option of CNA to LPN to RN might work out best for you. Many nurses worked their way up like that, including me, working nights and weekends while going to school. But you certainly don’t have to. I have friends who went the 4 year university route and never worked in nursing until they got to clinical training in school.