While multiple advancement opportunities exist for LPNs – primarily as a supervisor over nursing assistants, those looking for more medical responsibilities may opt to evolve from an LPN to a RN. The Chester County Intermediate Unit Practical Nursing Program (PNP) has worked hard to develop relationships with a number of local colleges, universities and programs to make the step from LPN to RN as beneficial for the student as possible.
Step 1: LPN
Earned: CCIU Practical Nursing Program diploma
Average starting salary (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014): $42,490 per year ($20.43/hour)
Step 2: RN
Earned: Associates degree in Nursing
Average starting salary (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014): $66,640 per year ($32.04/hour)
· Delaware County Community College provides PNP graduates advanced credit for Nursing 110
· Excelsior College offers members of the National Association for LPNs (NALPN) a special partnership discount. Additionally, NALPN members' spouses have the opportunity to receive discounts for a number of other degree concentrations.
Step 3: RN-BSN
Earned: Bachelors degree in Nursing
Average starting salary (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014): $66,640 per year ($32.04/hour); same as step 2 but BSN offers more employment opportunities (hospitals typically require bachelor’s degree for RNs)
· Delaware County Community College may help RNs continue onto:
o West Chester University
o Jefferson University
o Drexel University
Keep in mind that earning an RN or RN-BSN becomes financially easier when working as an LPN – not only are you earning a competitive salary but your employer may also provide tuition assistance. Classwork may also be easier due to your real-world experience!