With choosing among the LPN to RN programs, one of the biggest concerns, and legitimately so, is the cost factor. In fact, the cost may be a determining factor in whether or not you will even pursue continuing your education to become a R.N.
In this brief article, we will look at the general costs of the online LPN to RN programs as attending an online program could result in a savings in terms of transportation and childcare expenses. If you are a graduate of one of the online LPN programs, you know of the convenience of an online education.
After you have a handle on how much the online programs cost, you can then do a comparison of those and the local programs in your area. In fact, some of your area colleges may have an online degree option. When you research the costs of the LPN to RN programs, you need to know whether or not you are interested in pursuing an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree in nursing. There is a huge difference in the cost, though the graduate of either degree takes the same nursing licensing exam.
The associate degree is a two year program and the bachelor’s is a four year college degree. In deciding which degree is right for you, you need to think ahead and envision where you want your career to go. If, after becoming a R.N., you aim to enter into the online nurse practitioner programs, then the bachelor’s degree, or B.S.N., is the route you may want to take.
The typical cost of the programs is per credit. Credits range from about $200 per credit to over $350. Total costs can range from $3,000 to over $30,000. The cost difference between the associate degree and the bachelor’s degree lies in the fact that the associate degree requires far less credits.
To get the actual credit cost, you need to contact each of the LPN to RN programs and ask for more information. Due to the tremendous competition between programs, the cost per credit is usually not publically available.