CNA to LPN Programs

When it comes to career choice, or when planning to your advance career to the next step, the first thing that comes to mind is the financial reward or related benefits which come along with it. CNA is a great starting point for a nursing career and if you want to advance to LPN, you are on your way to increasing your financial status greatly. There is a huge difference in the salary between a CNA and an LPN. Even though both CNA and LPN work under supervision of physicians or registered nurses (RN), LPNs have a lot of responsibilities and the skills required to become an LPN also is considerably more than a CNA.

Certified nurse aids care for patients and the elderly who stay in nursing homes. They assist patients in their day to day activities, such as: getting dressed, eating, bathing, walking, etc., whereas LPNs work in hospitals and physician offices, as well as nursing homes and assist physicians, work directly with patients. They record patient’s health history, give patients medicine, clean medical equipment, and teach patients and their families how to deal with their health problem at home.

More LPN responsibilities and tasks include:

  • sterilizing procedures
  • geriatric care
  • glucose testing
  • monitoring IV’s
  • giving injections
  • assessing for abnormal heart sounds

The salary difference between CNA and LPN is more than $13,000 annually. Furthering your career by becoming LPN means you are making a smart decision. You will learn a lot of hands on clinical skills in the LPN course. You also cover a lot of theories. Becoming an LPN also makes you eligible to continue your education to RN. Most nursing homes encourage you to continue your education and become an LPN. They even cover your education expenses if you sign a contract to work for them for certain time.

To become CNA, you need to take a 165-hours of coursework, which teaches you basic nursing aid skills; whereas in the case of an LPN, the training course last for three semesters, or 1350 hours. To enroll in an LPN program, you need to follow the usual procedure: take the ACT test and score the required amount in order to avoid the basic learning courses. You will also need to provide a high school diploma or GED and proof of your age. After you complete these steps, you should submit to drug screening and criminal background check.

You can take your CNA to LPN training program traditionally in a campus setting or online. You should know that the online option is a bit complicated, but it is possible. You can read this article regarding online LPN programs. The general rule of thumb in nursing education is that to avoid anything online till you become a licensed nurse, which is LPN. Once you become LPN, further education will contain less clinicals and more theory and you will probably have more hands on training and experience by the time you want to become RN, so its relatively much easier to take your LPN to RN education online than to take CNA to LPN training online.

After completion of your CNA to LPN course, you have to sit for the NCLEX-PN license examination and get licensed. If you are currently working as a CNA, you probably know the demand for LPNs in your work place. You should be able to find suitable job in no time.

Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012