What You Need to Know – LPN School Information (LPN)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:01 Now, let's discuss the LPN program cost and paying for it.

    00:05 Are you worried about how you're going to pay for LPN school? I totally get that.

    00:10 That was one of the same concerns that I had, but I've got some good news for you.

    00:16 Here is the huge bonus with LPN programs. They're so much cheaper than RN school.

    00:24 Now, just know that most RN to BSN programs, they're going to run you up to closer to about 40k to almost even 100k for a private bachelor's prepare program.

    00:36 Now, in comparison, an LPN program? That may only cost you about 8 to 10k per year.

    00:43 Now, I know that's still a lot of money, but here's some ways that we can help you cover the cost of school.

    00:51 And you do have to become your own advocate and do a little research and see what you can find, but I'm going to give you some tips.

    00:59 So first start out with looking for scholarships.

    01:02 Yes, go to Google and search scholarships and grants for LPN programs, and apply to them all.

    01:11 You may say, okay, that seems a little excessive and I may be wasting time, and you may say, hey, why all of them? You'd be surprised though that some scholarships don't receive very many applicants, so you honestly just leave money on the table.

    01:26 And don't forget about the organizations that you're actually connected to.

    01:30 Like here's an example.

    01:31 If you're working CNA, maybe your facility offers tuition reimbursement, or take a look in your community.

    01:38 What about a local Rotary Club or even the National Aid for Nursing.

    01:44 Next, be sure to check with your financial aid office at your school and ask about options.

    01:50 You may have financial aid that's available, scholarships, little stipends.

    01:56 And most of the time, with LPN school, the nice thing is it's a pay as you go option.

    02:01 Let's take a look at what LPN school really looks like.

    02:05 We're going to take a closer look of what LPN school might look like once you're admitted into the program.

    02:12 Now, it's usually about a 12 to 18-month program.

    02:16 This may seem short but it's a big-time commitment.

    02:20 And it's often about 6 hours a day, give or take, but usually five days per week with lots of clinical hours, lab time, and simulation.

    02:32 What many people don't realize is that LPN school requires a certain amount of "in-the-see" classroom hours whereas RN schools don't.

    02:43 Now, many LPN schools are gonna use what they call, block scheduling.

    02:48 So this could be helpful for you as a student because you're only focusing on one subject at a time for about 4 to 8 weeks.

    02:55 So learning is meant to build from each block to another.

    03:00 So here's the big disadvantage to studying one content at a time.

    03:04 Students tend to brain dumb one course once it's time for a new one.

    03:08 This really isn't great for long-term retention of information.

    03:13 When students ask me how they can remember more of the content they're studying, here's what I recommend.

    03:20 So first, I recommend using space repetition as the best tool to consistently review important content.

    03:28 Now, here's the good news. If you remember Lecturio, we have already created the space repetition decks for you.

    03:35 With every short video you could watch, all you have to do is log in, answer the questions in your deck regularly, and you'll encode that information in your long term memory so you can access it for your NCLEX exam.

    03:49 Now, let's talk more about some advantage to LPN school.

    03:54 Class sizes are usually smaller. When I taught in LPN school, I may have around like 25 students, whereas in an RN program I teach now, I have almost 80 students, and sometimes that number can be bigger.

    04:08 You also get to know your faculty much better because of the smaller class size.

    04:14 I mean, honestly, you spend a lot of time with that same faculty, in clinical, lab, simulation, and theory.

    04:22 Now, this does help you as a student because then they get to know your strengths, in the areas you need to improve on. You do want this, trust me.

    04:31 This really helps your faculty guide you for success in the program overall.

    04:35 And, overall, the environment is so very supportive; it's not unusual you get very close with your faculty, which can make far great experience for you.

    04:45 And one of the best advantages for you motivated learners out there, there are some programs that are what they call self-paced.

    04:53 There's a set timeframe which you going to complete the whole program, but, you've got some flexibility on when you complete each part.

    05:01 So, as an LPN, you are able to enter the workforce much quicker, which can mean an increase in pay, and another bonus is you can further your education while working.

    05:11 I personally worked as an LPN and on the weekends, who attended RN school during the week.

    05:16 Now this is usually called a bridge option, meaning you attend school to earn an RN degree when you're a working LPN.

    05:24 And, lastly, LPNs are still in high demand pretty much everywhere.

    About the Lecture

    The lecture What You Need to Know – LPN School Information (LPN) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Choosing an LPN Nursing Program and Getting into LPN School.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. It allows for quicker entry into practice.
    2. Class sizes are usually larger than in RN school.
    3. Content is usually broken down into 3–4 semester-long daily courses.
    4. Self-paced programs are not available for LPN students.

    Author of lecture What You Need to Know – LPN School Information (LPN)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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