If you are a licensed practical nurse or licensed vocational nurse and ready to take your career to the next level, consider our Nursing Bridge program.
Once you complete our Nursing Bridge program, you should be prepared to use the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired to plan, implement and evaluate nursing care, as well as:
- Communicate effectively with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals
- Display proficiency in critical thinking and information management
- Take medical histories, record vital signs and symptoms, and explain treatment procedures
- Apply the nursing process in caring for patients in a variety of clinical settings
- Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
- Draw blood, give injections and administer medications
At the Carrington College® Boise, Idaho campus, this rigorous program requires roughly three days per week of on-campus instruction as well as 180 hours of clinical experience.
At the Carrington College® California Sacramento campus, once you’ve completed your LVN training and 43-credit prerequisite program, you can train in our Registered Nursing program. You can become qualified to perform advanced functions such as devising patient care plans, starting intravenous drips, and dispensing certain types of medication. You are required to complete coursework and 450 hours of clinical experience throughout the LVN to RN program. We recommend that you don’t work more than 20 hours a week because you will need a flexible schedule to complete requirements. The program can be completed in 12 months or fewer.
There continues to be a healthy demand for Registered Nurses
Nursing offers many opportunities for qualified individuals. Once you’ve earned your RN license,* you can work in medical environments ranging from urgent care centers and physicians’ offices, to hospitals and specialty clinics, to schools and residential care facilities. You can also pursue employment in non-traditional settings such as performing chart reviews for insurance companies or providing care through a home health agency. We are encouraged to share with you that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment of Registered Nurses is expected to grow by 26% from 2010 to 2020.** The latest Occupational Employment Statistics issued also stated that the median annual wage for a Registered Nurse was $65,950 in May 2011. The middle 50% earned between $53,770 and $80,390. The lowest 10% earned less than $44,970 and the highest 10% earned more than $96,630.**
To learn more about educational and career opportunities in Registered Nursing, contact one of our Enrollment Services Representatives.
Note: Admission to, or graduation from, our Nursing program does not guarantee obtaining a license or certificate to practice nursing. Licensure and certification requirements are the exclusive responsibility of the State Board of Nursing.