An LPN to RN fast track program is normally completed in a hybrid learning format that requires some classroom attendance, but 100 percent online training is available through The College Network, Indiana State University and other institutions. Indiana State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Oklahoma and Presentation College (South Dakota) offer the top online programs, according to NurseJournal.org. When clinical rotations are required, they can be completed locally or on weekends at the school.
LPN to RN programs are beneficial because students can save time and money by skipping the RN courses that cover information that they have already learned during their LPN studies. LPN to RN programs are generally three to six semesters long. Most programs award an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree. Some programs do not award a degree and are designed solely to prepare students for RN licensure.
After graduating from an LPN to RN program, a potential RN needs to pass the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses before he can legally work. This exam includes material from LPN courses. For this reason, some students are better off taking a full RN program that includes a refresher course in basic nursing.