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LPN to RN Schools in the U.S.

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) may want to advance his or her career by becoming a registered nurse (RN). For this person, there are accelerated program options that can expedite the process of obtaining an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing.

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LPNs who would like to become RNs can find LPN to RN programs at community colleges, nursing schools and 4-year colleges and universities. LPN to RN programs allow an LPN with a current license to further his or her career through additional classroom instruction and supervised clinical experience.

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Here are some schools from around the country that offer LPN to RN programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degree offered Tuition and Fees* (2015-2016)
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 2-year, Public Associate's $14,620
Allegany College of Maryland Pittsburgh, PA 2-year, Public Associate's $3,660 in-district, $6,660 in-state, $7,950 out-of-state
Ohio University - Southern Ironton, OH 4-year, Public Associate's $4,872 in-state, $6,718 out-of-state
CUNY Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY 4-year, Public Associate's $6,680 in-state, $13,790 out-of-state
Piedmont College Demorest, GA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $21,990
Salem State University Salem, MA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,246 in-state, $15,508 out-of-state
Highland Community College Highland, KS 2-year, Public Associate's $3,134 in-district, $3,362 in-state, $3,362 out-of-state
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, MI 2-year, Public Associate's $2,745 in-district, $5,235 in-state, $7,305 out-of-state
Mt San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,386 in-state, $7,656 out-of-state
Texas County Technical College Houston, MO 2-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's $15,292

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

LPN to RN programs are usually available through 2-year community colleges or vocational schools, but options also exist at 4-year universities. Considerations when seeking a school in this field include the following:

  • Decide whether you want to earn an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in nursing.
  • Check to make sure the program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and provides the education necessary to be eligible to take the state licensure exam.
  • Look into the different types of schedules available to students working full-time; some programs may offer part-time options and/or distance learning opportunities.
  • Check a school's first-time and general pass rates for the NCLEX-RN exam.

LPN to RN Associate's Degree

This program qualifies an LPN to take the NCLEX-RN and become an RN. This program may be available partially online and can lead to an Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science or Associate Degree in Nursing. The advanced track consists of one semester or summer term of study that's just for LPNs. These individuals then join non-LPN students for the next two semesters, and the cohort graduates together at the end of that year.

LPN to RN Bachelor's Degree

Although a Bachelor of Science in Nursing typically takes four years to achieve, LPNs who would like to qualify for the NCLEX-RN can earn this degree in about half the time. The curriculum includes general education classes as well as coursework in management and administration, which can help a nurse advance his or her career. A bachelor's degree is commonly the minimum requirement to pursue work in administrative positions. Bachelor's degree students are required to complete a clinical practicum.

LPNs wanting to become RNs may find LPN to RN programs ideal for training while maintaining employment. Graduates of these programs come out with either an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing.

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