CNA to LPN Programs: Degrees and Training

Current certified nursing assistants (CNAs) looking to advance their career and become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) may enroll in a CNA to LPN bridge program. Read on to learn more about CNA to LPN programs, alternate program options, common courses, and licensure. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a CNA to LPN program?

A certified nursing assistant or aide (CNA) to licensed practical nurse (LPN) program is designed to bridge the knowledge gap between the two professions. CNA and LPN duties are similar in many respects; for example, both professionals provide basic health care to patients. However, LPNs typically make more money and have greater responsibility than CNAs. Also, CNAs can achieve their positions through on-the-job training, while LPNs must complete a state-approved training program. You can typically enroll in a CNA to LPN program through a community college.

Program Overview Designed to bridge knowledge gap between CNAs and LPNs in order for CNAs to increase their payroll as well as responsibilities.
Other Program Options CNA-LPN-RN and CNA-RN programs
Common Courses Microbiology, physiology, nursing practicum
Licensure NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN exams must be passed in order to become licensed.

What Alternatives Might I Consider?

Many LPN programs are designed for those who already have their CNA designation, and others may accept CNA courses for credit. Some schools offer a CNA to LPN to registered nurse (RN) ladder. At the end of such programs, you will not only be qualified as an LPN, but also as an RN. Additionally, some schools offer a CNA to RN program that allows you to earn your RN credential without completing the middle step of LPN. Some RN programs require you to be a CNA or LPN before admission. These programs may be offered at the community college or university level, but they tend not to be offered online.

What Will I Learn?

While it will depend on what specific type of program you choose, nursing bridge programs tend to focus on health care techniques, biology and basic medical topics. The idea is to take your previous background as a CNA and build on that to meet the requirements of becoming either an LPN or an RN. You will likely take courses such as microbiology, anatomy and physiology, psychology, nursing practicum and nutrition. You may also need to take some general education courses either during or before entering a bridge program. There may also be a clinical portion of the degree.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

Whether you choose an LPN or an RN program, you will need to be licensed. You will either take the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nursing (NCLEX-PN) or for registered nursing (NCLEX-RN). Additional licensure requirements may depend on your state, so contact your state board.

As an LPN or RN, you will be qualified to work in a wider variety of health care facilities with a wider variety of patients. Also, if you so choose, you will be able to continue your education by going through an RN program or moving on to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, which will qualify you to become a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist.

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