LPN‑to‑RN Bridge Program

What is an LPN‑to‑RN Bridge program?

An LPN‑to‑RN bridge program is an educational path for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to use their knowledge and further their careers. This means that, rather than starting from scratch, an LPN can use their prior experience as a starting point and earn their license as a registered nurse at an accelerated rate. These programs typically take 1‑2 years to complete.

What is the difference between an LPN and an RN?

The main differences between an LPN and an RN are in the education and licensing requirements for each. To become a registered nurse, you must complete an associate degree in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Following completion of the program, RNs must pass the NCLEX‑RN licensure exam.

LPNs also complete schooling, but their path is specific to an LPN program rather than a registered nurse program. They are also required to sit for a licensure exam called the NCLEX‑PN.

What are the benefits of an LPN‑to‑RN Bridge program?

Completing an LPN‑to‑RN bridge program can result in higher earning potential, more diverse career options, and more opportunities for advancement in the field of nursing. You could gain greater autonomy in the workplace, as becoming a registered nurse will allow you to move on to supervisory and management positions.

Goodwin University offers an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program for those who already have a bachelor’s degree. ABSN students can complete the program in as few as 16 months full‑time.

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