What’s the difference between an LVN and an RN?

Students that are considering entering one of these programs often ask this question.

After all, one program can be completed at institutions around the country in as a little as 12 months and the other takes at least 4 years in at an accredited university.

This is a major and life-altering decision that needs careful thought and research.

LVN and RN Education

Starting with the RN or Registered Nurse, these are the nurses that require a formal education, typically at a 4-year institution. You’ll find these institutions offer a specialized degree, like a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Depending on the school, these programs are usually competitive and make getting in quite the task.

There are also options to enroll in a two-year RN certification program if you already have a bachelor’s degree.

With that being said, you might be like most Americans that are looking to join the workforce quickly because of familial responsibilities or you simply have bills to pay, like everyone else. Most RN programs don’t allow for a flexible schedule and can take years to complete.

This is why so many people choose to enroll in LVN programs instead.  These programs take around 12-months to complete.