LPN’s: How to get your RN online!
If you are an LPN chances are you are already busy working in nursing. You’d love to go back for your RN, but how can you find the time? The good news is that with the surge in online degree programs these days, there are several online-only (or almost all online) options for LPNs to get their ASN or BSN degrees and advance their career to RN status! IntrotoNursing has highlighted some of the best online options available for LPN’s to complete their RN degree below.
ASN – an ASN degree, or Associates of Science in Nursing, is a basic two year degree to be able to sit for the NCLEX-RN and obtain your RN license to work as a Registered Nurse. Often LPN’s who are completing this option receive advanced placement to the second year of the degree program, so it will usually take LPN’s around 12-18 months to complete these programs, depending on requirements. Here are a few options for LPN’s to complete their ASN degree online:
– Allegany College of Maryland – Allegany College of Maryland has an online LPN to ASN program that incoming students can complete in 18 months or less. All courses are taught online, with no required visits to the campus. Clinical experiences can be set up to be completed near you, although the schools’ website states that only certain states authorize clinical experiences to be completed there. These approved states include Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Even if you don’t reside in one of these clinically approved states, it is still worth looking into to see if you would be able to complete the program where you live. For more information on this program, visit this link.
– Davidson County Community College – Davidson County Community College offers an online one year LPN to ASN program where most requirements can be met online, although their website states students will be required to visit the campus in Lexington, NC up to a total of six to eight times throughout the program, so this option may be better for you if you live somewhat close to NC. However, if you don’t mind traveling to the campus those few required times it is a great option to consider. For more information, check out the program here.
– Excelsior College – This college offers two unique distance options for LPN’s to get their ASN, either online classes or a self-study program in which the student self-studies and then takes a competency exam to gain needed college credits. Both of these options must be followed with a weekend long in-person clinical competency exam so that the student can show clinical knowledge. Once this final exam has been passed, students are eligible to sit for the board exam and get their RN. Because this school offers such varied program options, the time to complete the program is completely up to the student. Students can work at a slower pace and take more time to finish or devote the majority of their time to studies and exams and finish quickly. For more information, see this Excelsior Nursing program link.
– Hutchinson Community College – offers an online LPN to ASN bridge program. Incoming students must be an LPN in the state of Kansas to qualify for admission. For more info, click on this link and click on the ‘LPN to RN Online Bridge’ option.
Panola College – Panola college of Carthage, TX (a town about 100 miles southeast of Dallas) offers an LPN to RN program in which the courses are offered online but clinicals must be set up within a 70 mile radius of the campus. If you live in East Texas or Western Louisiana this may be an option for you. Get more information by visiting this link.
If you are an LPN and would like to complete your Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) online there is one option available for you.
– Indiana State University – Indiana State University offers an LPN/LVN to BSN program that is available entirely online. Clinical experiences will be set up at a location convenient to you and no in-person visits to the campus are required. For more information on this option, click here.
I hope one of these options is a perfect fit for you! As a working Nurse it is difficult to go back to school and further your education but believe me the effort pays off tremendously with the increase in pay and future job opportunities. Good luck!