LPN to MSN Bridge Programs
Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are entry-level nurses whose main function is to deliver basic health care to patients. In the United States, the term LPN can be used interchangeably with LVN or licensed vocational nurses, especially in the states of Texas and California. While LPNs have a promising job outlook in the medical field, career advancement is yet in inevitable feat for LPNs. For this, the nursing academe has designed a program to help LPNs advance their education at a faster rate through transferring of credits.
Practically, there are no direct bridge programs for LPNs to achieve an MSN (master of science in nursing) degree. In essence, one must be a registered nurse (RN) to qualify for an MSN program. For some schools, a bachelor’s degree (BSN) is a requisite for an MSN coursework. However, with the versatile scheme of bridge programs, LPNs can still accelerate their path from LPN to MSN. Here’s how:
- Take an LPN to RN bridge program. An LPN to RN bridge program is a two-year course that enables LPNs to complete an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), an alternate path to qualify for RN licensure. Successful completion of the bridge program allows nurses to eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and have an RN license.
- Alternatively, you can also take an LPN to BSN bridge program. LPNs can also choose to take an LPN to BSN bridge program for a better shot at qualifying for an MSN degree. Most schools have an eye for bachelor’s degree holder, as well as employers. If you wish to specialize in a particular field in nursing through MSN, then a bachelor’s degree is an additional requirement, on top of an RN license.
- Then, take either an RN to MSN or BSN to MSN bridge program. After completion of the preceding bridge programs, nurses are then able to have an MSN bridge program. Depending on the educational attainment of the nurse, the MSN program can entail two to three years of additional study. Additional requirements for an LPN to MSN bridge program is an academic weight (GPA) of at least 2.5 from a scale of 5.0 or 2.0 from a scale of 4.0 from your previous LPN degree and other nursing-related educational degree. A letter of recommendation or character references, such as your college dean is yet another crucial requirement, as well as your diploma and transcripts.
The MSN bridge program encompasses the scientific part of nursing, which includes a more advanced syllabus. Students may wish to focus on one particular nursing discipline through the LPN to MSN bridge program. Nurses may choose to take the following specialized MSN programs:
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- MSN in Nursing Entrepreneurship
- Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
An MSN degree opens the doors to many career opportunities and professional advancement to nurses. It can be one of the highest degrees a nurse can get in the graduate level.