Often, students who begin nursing school are already working part or full-time. You might be wondering if working is the best choice for you. Or, maybe you’re considering working part-time as an LPN while attending an RN program. If this sounds like you, there are some important things to consider.
Yes, You Can Work While in Nursing School
If you’re a current LPN looking to become an RN, you have the ability to work as an LPN while in nursing school. You must already be an LPN with the correct licensure. In the past, states have allowed RN students to “challenge the board” and take the NCLEX-PN exam to test for LPN licensure. But, the vast majority of states no longer allow this practice.
Obtaining your LPN licensure first and then moving to the RN program is called bridging. Often, students who find that they need to work to finance their education will consider this route.
Working While in Nursing School: Things to Consider
Even if you choose to obtain LPN licensure prior to becoming an RN or registered nurse, there are some things to consider.
Length of Education
Obtaining your LPN first, getting licensed, finding a career and then bridging to start your RN educational requirements will lengthen the educational process. Often, the RN program can take less time than the LPN to RN bridge later on.
Juggling Work and Education
Working full-time while attending nursing school is often difficult for most students given its technical nature. It can be difficult to juggle work as a nurse while finding time to study and complete the necessary assignments. You will be involved in classroom lectures many times during the week and will also have set aside time for clinical externships.
At Cambridge, we offer evening classes to fit your specific needs within our LPN program. But, it’s recommended that you reduce your workload for the best educational results.
Which Option Is the Best for You?
Are you a student who needs to work to finance your education? Not sure which route is best for you? We can help! To learn more about available program options or to get answers to your questions, reach out to us today by calling 877-206-4279.