Becoming a Nurse: Mobility Programs
Those of you who desire a BSN but cannot afford the time or money to attend a four-year college can consider starting at the LPN, diploma, or AD level and entering a mobility program after obtaining your nursing license. Another benefit of choosing this route is that many of these programs are online. Accredited online programs offer the same education as accredited brick-and-mortar programs, but are more convenient for many students, especially for those with full-time jobs and/or families. However, you do need to be self-motivated and self-directed with good time management and organizational skills to do well in an online program. If you are interested in an online program, ask them how they handle the clinical practicum courses. Some have residency requirements, while others allow you to complete clinical practicums near where you live.
Is an Online Program for You?
|Advantages of Online Programs||Disadvantages of Online Programs|
|Accessibility: you can attend class from virtually anywhere||Occasional technological problems|
|Need to be self-directed|
|Flexibility: you work at your own pace, on your own time||Limited access to faculty|
|No or minimal travel expenses||Limited interaction with peers|
|Diversity of student population||Employers may still view online degree as inferior to brick-and-mortar degree|
|Most documents are readily available||Some courses may not be offered online|
LPN to BSN
LPN to BSN programs allow LPNs to graduate with their BSN in two to three years. These programs provide students with professional foundations and health assessment as well as promotion, pathophysiology, nursing research, informatics, community health, critical care, and leadership. Prerequisites usually include: Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Psychology, and Chemistry. Some LPN to BSN programs allow LPNs to earn as many as 30 credits by taking advanced placement tests, which validate their previous knowledge. Students sit for the NCLEX-RN upon completion.
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