LVN to RN Nursing Degree Programs
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse or LVN to RN nursing programs are designed to offer fast track completion of an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or the often used equivalent Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN). Women and men already licensed as a Vocational Nurse can generally enroll into a LVN to RN nursing program and upon completion, if desired, enroll into the next level RN to BSN nursing program to receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), and continue further to the next level RN to MSN nursing program to receive a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN).
LVN to RN Nursing Programs
- LVN to RN nursing programs lead to an Associate Degree in Nursing ADN or ASN.
- LVN to RN nursing programs generally last 2 to 3 years and are offered by nursing schools, technical schools, community colleges, and junior colleges.
- RN salaries are $24,000 higher or more compared to that of an LVN, see average salary comparison table.
- ADN or ASN associate degrees can help career advancement, job security, job satisfaction and personal growth.
- Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination NCLEX-RN.
- Online classes and self study learning formats exist.
LVN nurses working full time with or without family responsibilities often find it impractical to enroll into traditional nursing school classroom settings. As an LVN there is an easier way to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing, become a Registered Nurse, and still receive full academic support along the way. LVN's can earn their accredited nursing degree and become an RN in as little as 24 to 36 months. US government salary statistics show that an RN earns on average $24,000 or more compared to an LVN. Continuing nursing education through an LVN to RN program can also help job security, career advancement, improve patient care, personal growth and job satisfaction. For a Licensed Vocational Nurse enrolling into a LVN to RN program is meaningful for these reasons and more.
Last updated: February 19, 2017
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