LPN/LVN to BSN Track

While the prospect of obtaining a fast track (also known as a bridge) Bachelor of Science in nursing degree may be enticing to some licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses (LPN/LVN), the greatest benefit to completing an LPN/LVN to BSN fast track program is becoming a registered nurse along the way.

My Degree and What It’s Good For

While it’s not a requirement to obtain a BSN to become an RN, it’s no secret that career opportunities increase, earning potential rises, as well as the ability to enact some personal career choice both in the near future and down the road. At the same time, a fast track program often allows prior work experience, certification, and/or coursework to be applied, allowing candidates to complete the program that much sooner.

My Earning Potential

The earning potential for a registered nurse certainly trumps that of an LPN/LVN; the median annual salary for an RN is about $65,000, while about $40,000 for an LPN/LVN (BLS.gov). While the registered nursing field is expecting 26 percent job growth in the coming years, the financial and career benefits can be taken one step further when a BSN enters the equation. A registered nurse’s ability to obtain future leadership, research, or teaching positions heightens when he/she holds a BSN, and although the industry is growing at a rate faster than most in the U.S., competition is still heightening for prime positions. A BSN helps give RNs a leg up on many of their counterparts.

Other Online Bridge Programs

Online LVN to BSN Degree Programs

The Liberty University Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor's, RN to BSN, and Master's program. Liberty University focuses on clinical practice, and undergraduates are placed in a hospital setting soon after starting coursework. The RN to BSN track allows nurses to complete their degree in a convenient online format.
South University provides students both a Bachelor's and Master's program in Nursing. The on campus bachelor's degree prepares students for careers at acute care hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and community-based clinics. The online master's degree provides advanced study in clinical teaching skills and research.
The Herzing University School of Nursing offers students a variety of nursing program at the BSN and MSN levels. The curriculum is designed to provide graduates advanced coursework in academic, theoretical and clinical instruction in geriatric, surgical, and mental health specialties.
The Grand Canyon University College of Nursing and Health Sciences is often recognized as a leader in healthcare education. Courses feature academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to graduate committed healthcare professionals. Bachelor's, Master's, or certificate degree conferred.

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