How to Qualify for a LVN to RN Bridge Program

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The LVN-RN bridge program allows licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) to take additional classes to become registered nurses (RN). These programs give credit for nursing skills learned as an LVN and apply it to the nurse's RN degree. After receiving her associate of science degree in nursing, an LVN can take the RN licensure exam to obtain her RN license.

  • Obtain an LVN diploma. Community colleges and vocational schools offer an LVN curriculum that students can take to gain entry in the healthcare workforce. In the LVN curriculum, you will be taking classes such as vocational nursing foundations, psychology, calculations and laboratory classes.

  • Apply for an active LVN license. To do this, you need to apply to the board of nursing in the state where you want to be licensed. Register for the NCLEX-PN test and pay the fee, which, as of 2009 is $200. You will receive the results within one month from your exam date, and it will provide you with details when you can start working as an LVN.

  • Develop clinical skills. To be accepted to an LVN-to-RN bridge program, LVNs should have a working knowledge of nursing skills before applying. You may obtain these skills by working first as an LVN before you apply to the bridge program. Having work experience may also increase your chances of passing examinations and attaining your RN license.

  • Complete classes in anatomy, physiology and microbiology. These are the prerequisites for an associate of science in nursing. You must receive a grade of C or better in these classes for them to count toward your degree. It is recommended that students take no more than two courses per semester to prevent them from overextending themselves, as these classes are rigorous.

  • Pass the college-level English and math assessment tests. Classes in essay writing and intermediate algebra fall into college-level English and Math classes respectively. You must also take general education requirements.

  • Take the nursing department examination in the school to which you are applying and make sure you have a GPA of at least 2.0. Most LVN bridge programs require this GPA, and for selective schools, this requirement may be higher. Nursing departments administer entrance tests to prospective students, so make sure you prepare for this test by taking a exam preparation class.

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