The first step in obtaining an LPN degree is determining your options. From there, you need to choose a program that best meets your needs, including course delivery methods, cost, and personal preference.
The lowdown on attending an online LPN school is that online learning is no easier than traditional schooling. Be prepared for some hard work! The good news is that you can complete an LPN degree in a short amount of times, sometimes under a year, and certainly less than two years. This means you can enter your career before too long! However, in the meantime, organize your schedule so that you can accommodate your schooling.
One benefit to learning online is that you can start your career while attending school, which often isn't possible (or as easy) with traditional schooling options. Consider taking a job as a CNA or a similar position in health care as you work toward your degree. It's a great way to network with professionals in the medical field.
In addition to knowing about online learning, the lowdown on attending an online LPN school also includes determining if the program will count toward your state's licensing requirements. Upon completing the program, you will sit for the national exam that will license you to work in your state. This is based on your learning program, which must be approved in order to count toward your license. Contact your state licensing board or ask your school of choice to help you in determining if the program qualifies.
Upon graduation and licensure, you will be able to work in nursing under the guidance of a Registered Nurse, or RN. Before beginning your program, ask the school for information on their job placement success. This information is useful in determining how well prepared you will be upon completion of the program.