• 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)

    PNP Partnerships:

    ·      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)

    PNP Partnerships:

    ·      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!