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What is the best approach lpn or RN?

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Question by Jnav12: What is the best approach lpn or RN?
I’m currently a medical assistant. I would like to go back to school for nursing. I am so undecided on what route I want to take. I have been looking into lpn programs and then applying for the bridge to RN. Or would it be best to go for RN from the jump?

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Answer by Rick B
I would go for n RN-BSN. Why take all these little steps and drag it out for years???

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2 thoughts on “What is the best approach lpn or RN?

  1. Lisa says:

    While it would be easier to go for the BSN from the beginning, you have to consider your life circumstances. I personally chose to go LPN first and am currently in a bridge to my ADN, with plans to do my BSN within the next 2 years. The benefit of this way is that you can work as an MA (in your case) and do the LPN. Then you can go to work as an LPN & make better $ while completing pre-requisites to enter a bridge program for the ADN. I have found that the LPN/Paramedic bridge programs are much less competitive to get into than the general RN tracks. Then you’re golden as an RN and can get tuition assistance from your employer to get your BSN.

    If you have to support system and $ stability to just go for the BSN, absolutely go for it. But consider the alternatives if that is not the case.

    Hope this helps you decide. 🙂

  2. Buddy says:

    BSN is the best route for employment opportunities. New York is also one of the states that is working on making the “BSN in 10” a reality. You can also look at the job listings in NY to see the BSN is the preferred degree.

    The LPN has very limited opportunities. Usually the shorter the program, the more competition for each opening. Doing the LPN, then a bridge and then the BSN would take much longer and be more costly in the long run. You can still work as a Medical Assistant while in college and chances are the wages would not be much different than the LPN. You would also need to look at the flexibility of your hours and the classes. An MA could also get a phlebotomy, CNA or PCT cert to pick up extra money and hours if needed.

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