An LPN (licensed practical nurse) is normally required to enter a training program lasting approximately 1 year. Training programs are offered at vocational schools, technical schools, and community colleges. After training, an LPN is required to pass a licensing exam known as the NCLEX-PN to receive a license. LPNs interested in transitioning to an RN (registered nurse) require at least one to four years of additional education, depending on the type of degree an LPN wishes to pursue.
Various Requirements and Programs in Each State
Because all nursing programs and licenses are approved by each state's Board of Nursing, it's best to contact your state's Board of Nursing to find information about what is required for an LPN to transition to an RN. Most nursing schools and colleges will also have information for you.
Average Cost of LPN to ASN (Associate's Degree in Nursing)
Most colleges and nursing schools have programs that offer an LPN to ASN program. They normally require testing before being accepted into the program, as well as a 2.0 grade point average to enroll in the LPN to ASN program.
An LPN to ASN program requires approximately one year of college coursework to earn the credits needed to obtain an ASN. As of 2009, the average cost for an LPN to obtain an associate's degree in nursing can start at $2,300 for most community colleges.
After you receive your associate's degree, you can take a state-administered exam to receive your nursing license, which allows you to practice nursing. You may wish to continue your studies to receive your bachelor's degree.
Average Cost of LPN to BSN (Bachelor's Degree in Nursing)
Most colleges and nursing schools offer an LPN to BSN program. They normally require testing before being accepted into the program, followed by prerequisite coursework. All testing and coursework requires a 2.0 grade point average to move on to the BSN program.
An LPN to BSN program requires three additional years of college coursework to earn the credits needed to obtain a BSN. As of 2009, the average cost for an LPN to obtain a bachelor's degree in nursing can start at $16,500 for most community colleges.
After you receive your bachelor's degree, you're required to take a state-administered exam to receive your nursing license, which allows you to practice nursing.
Additional Costs for an LPN to RN Degree
Along with costs for the LPN to RN programs, additional resources are required to complete the program.
Books can cost between $1,000 and $3,000 a year. Uniforms, work shoes and some medical equipment are required for the nursing program cost between $160 and $300. All nursing programs require acceptance fees that may range from $80 to $600. Part of the acceptance fees may be credited toward tuition, depending on the school you're attending. Hospitalization insurance or proof of individual coverage is required and must be maintained while you're in a nursing program, which costs around $1,600. After obtaining your degree, you're nursing license is required, and the testing fee is $200.
As of 2009, the total average cost for an LPN to transition to an ASN is $5,900. The average cost for an LPN to transition to a BSN is $19,000.
College Funding Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses is expected to grow faster than all other occupations. Because of the high demand for registered nurses, many employers may want their LPNs to become RNs and will assist an LPN through a tuition reimbursement program.
Other programs to assist you include federal financial aid, grants, and scholarship programs. Nursing schools and colleges should be able to assist you further with funding programs and options.