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How Does a CNA Become an LPN?

How Does a CNA Become an LPN?

While both Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are both required to work under the supervision of a doctor or registered nurse, LPNs are given greater responsibility and thereby receive higher salaries than their CNA counterparts. LPNs, referred to as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) in California and Texas, make the natural “second step” between CNAs and RNs.

The LPN’s role is often that of a middle-manager. A self-starter who, by virtue of added experience, is able to prepare procedural rooms, and in some states set-up IVs and administer medication to patients. RNs often give LPNs added independence that CNAs do not have.

Salary Difference


On average, LPNs earn $40,000 per year. This is $13,000 more than the average CNA salary of $27,000.


What Additional Education is Necessary?


The training/education requirements vary from state to state. According to one NursingLink member who is making the switch, the state of California requires 51 months of experience in an acute hospital. Clinical specialty requirements include: 200 hours in pediatrics; 200 hours in genitourinary or maternity; 64 hours in Pharmacology; and 64 additional hours in one of these specialty areas.

Keep in mind that the method described above only refers to the requirements of one state. Please refer to your home state’s board of nursing for more specific information.


Where do LPNs Work?


Traditionally LPNs have worked in a wide variety of patient care settings. With the trend towards shorter and more affordable RN-focused programs, hospitals are now hiring less and less LPNs. Most new LPNs are working in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. These types of facilities are expected to witness strong job growth due to large increases in the over-65 population. This trend should compensate for the decline of LPN positions available in hospitals.


What Education Programs Are Available?


Most LPN/LVN programs are available at vocational and community colleges throughout the country. They vary in length depending on each state’s requirements, but on average these programs require two years of study. Prospective LPN/LVNs must also pass the national NCLEX-PN before they can begin working in a hospital setting. For additional information on specific LPN/LVN programs, please check out this page.


Sources


About.com, LPN/VN Career and Education Options


Nursing Degree Guide, Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)



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    jean001

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm seriouly thinking about going back to school to get my LPN license. I'm a CNA right now I love what I do,but
    it's not enough money in it. Especially when you are a single parent and want nothing, but the best for your
    child.

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    antig30

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    This is a great info. I also found something similar here http://www.lpntrainingprograms.org/cna-to-lpn which adds more to the education part of the transition from cna to lpn.

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    ladytaurus40

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    How do I find schools in Orange County or Los Angeles County (California) that you can bridge over from CNA to LVN?

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    blueangel_067

    almost 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I am currently a CNA I work full time at a nursing home doing restorative therapy.. I also work full time at the hospital on the cardiac/cancer unit ive been there 4yrs and at the nursing home for 6yrs.. where can I go to take online classes to become an LPN? nobody offers online clasees for an RN so I have to go this route.. any help will be appreciated.

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    Keshia123

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I am a CMA but the pay rate is not much more than a CNA. I have them both but I would rather become a LPN and just work one job and have a degree. I am in the Atlanta and I need some pointers on a good place to start.

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    amanbrewo

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    i have not read trough to many of the responses, but i was a cna for 1 year then got my cma, i applied to an lpn program and while i was on the waiting list to start the program i took my medical terminoly and when i got into the program i did not have to retake the things that i had already been certified in. im not sure if all programs do this but i do no that it is not that uncommon. if they do except them and when you get into the program and they find that you are lacking in the things that you have prevously been certified in then they will make you retake those courses. but for the most part you should be safe. im pretty sure most lpn programs are offered at vocational centers(google if you don't no, many should pop up, might be a little drive but not bad). as far as online for nursing progam they are never completly online all states require clinical hours(hours were you apply what you have learned in an actual hospital, nursing home, doctors office etc..) if you go from and lpn and want to be an rn, you will usually get alot of credit for what you have already learned in school prevously. in my opinion it does help to walk up the ladder, it helps to make that extra 10 or so more dollars an hour while goiing to school to get you RN. sorry i no this responce was a little lengthy butit hope it might help a little.

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    Diana3310

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a state certified cna, nationally certified phlebotomist, ekg tech and dialysis tech, I am currently attending classes to become a medical assistant. I am wondering what other classes I would need to become a lpn beside going to a cookie cutter program with a repeat of a lot of the classes that I have already had. I am also 49 years of age and do not want to go to school any longer than necessary. I have been out of work for 1 1/2 years and funds are short. Can someone give me a straight answer on what else education wise i would need to become an lpn.

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    1donna

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm current and CNA trying to become and RN. How can you help me to get started and how can i also can get and free grant. Please help me.

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    topele

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    why would anyone want to take an online nursing course? Some careers you can get away with an online degree, but anything dealing with the care of another human being, nothing would beat classroom training. If I was a patient I would hope my nurse to have gotten training in a class/clinic/hospital.

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    mrbrownrn49

    about 5 years ago

    68 comments

    LPN school? But if there are any schools in your area that offer a ladder program (4 years and get your LPN after the 1st, your ADN/RN after the 2nd and continue to get your BSN in 4) I would strongly urge that route.

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    tamiwood

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have just became a CNA in the state of Georgia and would like to go on to LPN. What do I have to do? Where do I start??

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    timolabiyi

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a CCMA ( Certified Clinical Assistant ) and I live in Washington, DC. I need to turn in my certification into DC, MD, & VA. I'have my Annual Continuing Education Program, which is requied 5 Annual Credits. Any help would be highly appreciated.

    Please, kindly send me the main body or board that handle my matter. I gratuted from Career Institute of Health and Technology NY and I have my Certification from National Healthcareer Association, 7 Ridgedale Avenue, Suite 203, Cedar Knolls, NJ, 07927. You could send any as regards to my request to my E- mail: timolabiyi@yahoo.com. I am also CNA holder.

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    rjk

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a CNA and I live in South San Francisco. I need another 24 CEU'S to renew my certificate.(I can get 24 of the required 48 online, but I'll need to get the other 24 somewhere else. Previously I was able to get them from local ROP class, but they've changed that.) Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    mssensual80

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    "To answer some of the questions below...In order to become a nurse, you must first find the college that is right for you & do extensive research & meet the requirements set by their admissions process. The next step is to apply. There are many bridge programs offered for all ranks of nursing but generally, you must start from the bottom just as someone with no prior clinical experience with the exception of licensed nurses who may only be given "credit" in certain fields & may be exempt from certain courses in a bridge program or continuing education programs. The only advantage is usually a CNA has general nursing knowledge & most colleges take that in consideration. However, my college requires that prospective nursing students complete a nurse aid course as well as obtain certification before acceptance to the program. Some facilities do not require certification of nurse aids in order to work for them, but you must show some sort of proof of successful completion of a nurse aid course & with the high demands of healthcare, it is now a requirement for "most" to obtain certification. No, you can NOT take an LPN course online. Some colleges offer general studies or general education courses needed in the program online but you can't do clinicals online, if anyone out there has, please let me know, I have yet to see a nurse administer medication or treatments "online"...LOL. You cannot just go right into nursing, I have done the research & am a current nursing student myself, ask any nurse they'll tell you. MOST technical/vocatiional programs are independant, meaning all the required education & training is included in the program. BUT, some colleges require you to take general education courses before being accepted to the program. I was a CNA for 5yrs & started off going to college to become an RN, but other than caring for family members & the stuff I saw on Grey's Anatomy or ER, I had no clue as to all the preparation, planning, & dedicated time needed in order to become a nurse. You can't just jump right into ANY nursing program. Requirements are different for every college but it is mandatory by the NLN(National League for Nursing) to take pre entrance exams in any nursing program. These pre exams vary from college to college & they usually consist of basic math/prealgebra, reading comprehension, socialization skills, & tolerance to stress. These exams along with some other requirements are what colleges use in carefully seIecting their nursing students. In conjunction it's also mandatory by the NLN to complete a background check sometime throughout the course of a nursing program. These advertisements most people see for "online" nursing programs are usually post graduate degrees or continuing education programs for current licensed professionals. For instance, there is no possible way to obtain ANY nursing degree online without prior clinical experience. A nurse must meet designated clinical experiment (hands on) training & successfully complete an accredited nursing program before even being eligible to sit & write to the national state board for testing referred to as either the NCLEX-PN for LPNS or the NCLEX-RN for RNS. I have learned over the yrs that there are many misconceptions about becoming a nurse or working in the field, it is a very rewarding career as well as a lifetime commitment. People are entrusting their lives with you as well their loved ones. KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING YOURSELF INTO BEFORE EVEN THINKING ABOUT ATTEMPTING TO APPLY TO A PROGRAM & PROPER PLANNING SKILLS ARE ESSENTIAL IN ORDER TO SUCCEED. I hope this information has helped answer some the questions listed below, goodluck in your career decision! "

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    CoraAdams

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am a CNA ,can I TAKE the LPN course on line?

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