How Long Is an Accelerated LPN Program?

Most licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs take around a year to complete. While there are very few accelerated LPN programs, this article discusses degree options that can lead to advancements in this profession. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview of LPN Careers and Programs

As a licensed practical nurse (LPN), you provide care to patients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and hospice facilities, usually while under the supervision of a doctor or registered nurse. To become an LPN, you need to complete a training program in practical nursing and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The LPN program generally takes around a year to complete. Although most schools won't let you shorten the time you'll need to complete an LPN program, you can use your LPN training as a foundation for registered nurse (RN) training.

Accelerated LPN to RN Associate Degree Programs

To become an RN, you would need to earn a nursing degree or diploma and then pass the NCLEX-RN exam. If you've already completed an LPN program, many schools will let you earn an associate degree in nursing in one calendar year instead of in two traditional school years. Generally, you will take courses during the summer that act as a bridge between LPN and RN programs before starting the second year of an RN program in the fall. Some schools will require you to complete up to a year of clinical experience as an LPN before you may enter an accelerated program. If time has elapsed since you completed an LPN program, you might still be able to enter an accelerated RN program; many schools will grant you admission 3-5 years after you've left school.

Accelerated LPN to BSN Programs

If you'd like to earn a bachelor's degree instead of an associate's degree, you have the option of entering into an accelerated LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. These programs usually allow you to take exams and earn credits for passing the LPN program. The previous credits are applied to the number of credits you need in order to graduate. This reduces the amount of time you'll spend in school. There are also accelerated bachelor's degree programs in nursing available to you if you've previously earned a bachelor's degree in another discipline. As with an associate degree program, you'll need to pass the NCLEX-RN before you may work as an RN.

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