If you do a Google search for LPN to RN bridge programs, you’ll probably find a long list of college websites and maybe even some college search sites—all inviting you to explore their nursing options. Depending on where you live and what you’ve heard from your healthcare colleagues, you might already have a list of RN programs in mind. So how do you compare these different schools? And which programs should you actually contact?
The best way to start is by grouping RN bridge programs into categories. The following “types” are a little generalized (and even a little sarcastic), but they definitely capture the key pros and cons that come with certain bridge options (like online programs versus community college programs). Here’s the breakdown: