I have been an LPN for 12 years. I am 50 years old, and would like to know if there are ways to prepare for the pediatric and maternity entrance exams that seem to be a requirement to get into these LPN-RN/BSN bridge programs. I have not worked in these areas since completing the clinical portions of my education years ago. Do you have any recommendation on what nursing school to attend to further my education?
Eager to Advance in Massachusetts
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Eager to Advance in Massachusetts,
Most applicants for LPN to RN bridge programs are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills, which tests basic knowledge of math, science, reading and English. I am not aware of any required clinical knowledge test covering all specialties. Before going to any length to brush up on specialties like pediatrics and maternity, contact any school you might consider applying to and see if this is necessary or required.
I really cannot recommend any particular school because there are so many great LPN-RN bridge programs out there. Here’s a list of all accredited nursing programs in Massachusetts (http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/quality/boards/rnnecpro.pdf).
If you consider any online programs, make sure they are recognized by your state board of nursing before enrolling.