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LVN to BSN Schools and Programs

Overview of the Licensed Vocational Nursing to Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (LVN to BSN) Program

The LVN to BSN is a degree program for the licensed vocational nurse (LVN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) who wish to get a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The LVN to BSN may be good if you're new to health care and want the training, responsibility, and salary associated with a BSN, since you might then be eligible to take the required Registered Nurse (RN) licensure exam. Though these programs may vary by state, LVNs may be able to skip some course requirements (unlike someone new to nursing) and may be usually evaluated on an individual basis through testing.

The Education You May Receive with an LVN to BSN

Foundational courses at schools offering the LVN to BSN degree may include:
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
Further courses may be:
  • Childbearing
  • Child health
  • Nursing research
  • Mental health
  • Community health
  • Nursing leadership
Like all nursing degrees, the LVN to BSN may provides clinical experience as well. There are online programs to choose from as well. Nurses may be required to continue going to school throughout their career to satisfy state requirements.

Salaries and Job Outlook with a LVN to BSN degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 data, nurses with a LVN to BSN degree that passed the RN licensure exam earned a median annual wage of $64,690 in May 2010.

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