If you’re already working as an CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), you already know that you’re working at an entry level position and that you have a tremendous opportunity to move up in your existing nursing career. Becoming an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) is the perfect start to climbing the nursing career the ladder, especially since as an LPN, you can continue on to become a RN (Registered Nurse).

The following offers some important information you need to know as a CNA interested in becoming an LPN or LVN.

Benefits of Working as a LPN or LVN

As is, a CNA can work under the supervision of a doctor or registered nurse only. As an LPN or LVN, a nurse exercises greater independence and can prepare rooms and administer medication. They can also command a higher salary. CNAs typically earn only $27,000 while LPNs average $40,000 a year.

Qualifying for an LPN or LVN Program

To qualify for an LPN or LVN program, you’ll need to first find the requirements of your state. Requirements vary across the nation, so you’ll need to check your state's board of nursing for specifics. What’s required in say, California, could significantly differ from what’s required in Missouri or Maine, although experience in a hospital stay and hours in a specific study such as maternity or pediatrics for example, are required across the board.

The LPN Program

LPN programs typically last two years. The exact length of your LPN program may vary since as previously mentioned, state requirements vary. You’ll need to complete a specified number of practical hours in a hospital or medical center as well as attend required classes. You'll additionally need to pass the national NCLEX-PN as well.

In the long term, one of the more vital practices of nursing lies within a strong force of qualified CNAs. The question is: is this enough? If we pay any attention to the mounting news reports which predict a massive nursing shortage in the next few years, the answer is simply, no. An influential part of the solution to the shortage problem rests in an adequate number of qualified LPNs generated now.

Register for an online LPN program today. The investment that you make in yourself is an investment in our nation's future.

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5 Responses to The CNA to LPN or LVN Program

  1. Thank you for this article. If possible, please assist me farther by calling me @ 210 662 7366. I am a single mother of six. I have completed the LVN classes and obtain a diploma. However, I was displaced after Hurricane Katrina (2005) and suffer grately. After finally adjusting to my new city of residency, I applied to take the NCLEX-PN. I was approved Texas Board of Nursing in 2009. I FAILED THE EXAM. I was only allowed to take it once, as my statue of limitation had ended. After accepting that my dream of nursing had crumbed in my face, I have begun seeking alternatives. I need this for my family. Please call or email me.

    Thanking you in advance,
    Ms Tracy Mathers

  2. connie says:

    Can I take the LVN program on line and do my
    hospital work with a grogram around my area
    where I live (CA)

  3. deborah duncan says:

    telephone no 347 641 3231

  4. Mary Parker says:

    I have my CNA,but am looking to advance my degree to an LPN. Are there any schools on-line that will allow me to go back to school part time/on-line? How many months will it take to complete a CNA to LPN? Thank you . Mary

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