Indiana LPN to RN Programs
Registered nursing has become the fastest growing career path and that is not expected to change over the next decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Working as an LPN puts you in a great position to move into registered nursing in one to two years and upon graduation and passing of the NCLEX-RN you will quickly find much better career options as well as the ability to continue your education to even higher levels in the field. Experience will be key in your career, so finding a way to go to school while also working will ensure that you enter the field with an advantage over other registered nurses. All of this growth comes from the fact that our population is growing and aging, and ultimately, you are moving into the career because you want to have a larger impact on how you help your community.
With under 62,000 total registered nurses working in Indiana the need for graduates is not slowing. You will likely find work before you even graduate and pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, so as soon as you do you’ll be able to jump right into your career. With an average income of $57,000 a year for nurses in Indiana, you can ensure you end up on the high end of the pay scale by bringing as much experience to an employer as possible.
Earning a degree online, or partially online, is a great way to ensure your education does not require you to completely change your personal and work schedules. Online degree programs are taken on your schedule, so you have the freedom to study as you like. You won’t need to be a computer expert to understand the online suite of learning tools either and the only scheduling constraints you will face come from the due dates for your graded work. As long as you meet those due dates, you decide when you study on a daily basis.
Nationally recognized and respected schools offer a wide array of online programs with unique specializations to students throughout the country. You will also find plenty of local universities and community colleges that offer online programs or a mixture of online and campus based study. The right choice for you will require a little research and likely a few discussions with schools and current students. Once you find the right path, you can be done in a two years or less depending on the level of degree you pursue.
You can also turn to the Indiana State Nurses Association for a number of resources that can make your education and career more impactful. Joining early in your career will ensure you have the ability to lead nursing in the direction that it needs and allow you to network with peers in your field. You can find a full breakdown of everything offered through the ISNA site here.
Paying for College
The financial constraints of a college education can be daunting for students. To ensure that you have plenty of access to financial assistance, you will need to know where to turn. Colleges are a great starting point as they offer a wide range of unique loans, scholarships and financial aid options unique to students that enroll in their courses. You should also turn to your employer for additional tuition reimbursement or assistance if they offer it. By following this path, you not only gain additional financial assistance but you make it clear to your employer that you are moving from an LPN to a RN position and will likely find that they will have a position for you upon graduation.
Because of the need of talented and well educated health care professionals throughout the country, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a wide range of loans, scholarships and loan repayment plans to students in your line of study. Follow this link for full information about all of the programs offered. Pay specially attention to the loan repayment options as they give students large payments towards education debt upon completion of a two year commitment to an underserved area. The experience gained through this commitment will also be highly regarded by employers.
Finding the right college will be unique for each student. Some will prefer the large online colleges that offer educations to students throughout the country. Other students may turn to local universities, trade schools and community colleges for their education. Online or campus based, finding the right college is deeply personal and requires a great deal of research. Some online educations are available through links throughout this site, but to look at a comprehensive list of LPN to RN programs throughout Indiana, the Indiana Board of Nursing site offers the best information. The link above will take you to a PDF that covers each program at each school throughout the state, giving you the ability to exhaust all possible colleges to find the right one for your needs.