LPN to RN Bridge at Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations (WPB, FL)

Is anyone a student here? I am doing their gen ed program which goes from May 15-Aug 23 2012 and then I start the actual 11 month bridge program in September. If you are a student here, please tell me about the cirriculum, the clinicals, and your overall impression of the program. Thanks a bunch!

Did the gen Ed classes. Not bad. Started the core class already, very fast paced and you have to know your P's and Q's. Good luck!

I'm relocating to Florida and I am interested in applying to ANHO. Can you tell me about the program with regards to how is a typical week? What kind of assignments are required, preclinical and post clinical.

How do you like the program so far???

Update: Did not start last May as life got in the way and had to give up my seat. Things are better now and I am due to begin the one year bridge program starting May 20, 2013. Anyone one on this site joining me? PS. Already did the pre-reqs through PBSC and transferred them to ANHO.

Want to start this program september 2013. How was the admissions process?

@Nyrvab-Let's see: You can transfer your pre-reqs from an accredited school (which is what I did) or you can take your pre-reqs directly through ANHO, which will extend your time in the program by four months and cost an additional $5k. They only require five classes prior to acceptance: Freshman English, College Algebra, Sociology or Speech, Microbiology, and Intro to Pysch. They also require you to take an entrance exam, which the school writes and administers. The cost of the exam and the school application fee are free. You also have to write an essay about how why you want to be a nurse and how you will contribute to the nursing profession. The take about 100 students at three start times a year. Cost of LPN-RN bridge with pre-reqs completed is a little over $15K. Oh yeah, and you must have experience working as an LPN to be accepted (ie; a recommendation letter from an employer). I think that's all the admission process entails. Any other questions, let me know! Good luck to you!

I will be relocating to start Sep2013 too. Anyone started yet? How is it?

I will be relocating to start Sep2013 too. Anyone started yet? How is it?
Orientation is tonight and tomorrow from 5p-11p. Official begin date is this coming Monday. I will let everyone know how things go! *Excited*

Thanks for the info, means alot!!

Okay so it's the end of the week and orientation was Wed the 15th and Thurs the 16th. Got to meet the instructors and the other classmates, of course. From what I was told the people present at orientation was only like half of who will be there on Mon, which will be about 100 people. Got fitted for uniforms. Got our background checks done (you have to make an appointment to go to a UPS store to get your fingerprints done. Clinicals won't start for about six weeks, which will be the time our class gets split into A and B groups. Got our books for our two classes for the first half of the term, Intro to the RN Role and Med Surg. Books weigh a ton, be sure to get a rolling bookbag so that you won't throw out your back The program will last from May 20, 2013-May 22, 2014. We already have chapters out of each book assigned to read over the weekend and was told there could be a quiz Mon. Passing is 78% or better. You are allowed one retake if you fail a test or quiz. We were warned to keep on top of the readings or we fall will behind fast and it will be very difficult to catch up. Parking will be a nightmare as the parking spots at the school are VERY limited. You must have a parking decal on your car or you will be towed. Overflow parking is at a church parking lot about a mile away. There is shuttle service to and from the church from 7a-11p during school days. All I can say is expect to hit the ground running from the start, hopefully this year will go fast. Good luck to anyone considering going to school here! I'll be sure to update everyone on my progress from time to time as the year goes on!

Wow!!guess no time can be wasted. Thanks for the update. I wish you good luck!

Oh wow....where is this school located?

Wow!!guess no time can be wasted. Thanks for the update. I wish you good luck!
Thanks! I hope I see you around campus when you start in September!

Oh wow....where is this school located?
West Palm Beach, FL

Hi ClUVLPN
I'm also starting on Monday as well, hope to see you....good luck!!!!

Hi ClUVLPN
I'm also starting on Monday as well, hope to see you....good luck!!!!
Thanks, to you as well!

First day in class here at ANHO, I am taking the pre-reqs. Im in the evening class from 5pm-11pm. Hope to see you around school, would be cool to chat and learn from one another. Message me and we can trade facebook or numbers. Talk to you then.

-Derrick

First day in class here at ANHO, I am taking the pre-reqs. Im in the evening class from 5pm-11pm. Hope to see you around school, would be cool to chat and learn from one another. Message me and we can trade facebook or numbers. Talk to you then.

-Derrick

Hi DerrickCleveland,

If you're taking pre-reqs now, that means you'll start the core program in September, right? Yeah, we at campus at the same time as the RN program is 5p-11p as well. I'll PM you my facebook and email address. Hopefully we'll see each other on campus soon

Hey CLUVPN,

Could you explain the scope of an LPN? I was in an RN program here in Georgia, but I don't think that school was for me, so I am transferring to an LPN program, acquire the skills, then bridge. Any information would help!

Hey CLUVPN,

Could you explain the scope of an LPN? I was in an RN program here in Georgia, but I don't think that school was for me, so I am transferring to an LPN program, acquire the skills, then bridge. Any information would help!

Well, LPN's can work in a variety of settings, such as nursing homes, jails, home health, private duty, clinics, etc. However, hospitals (at least the ones in South Florida) have eliminated the role of the LPN and have demoted them to the role of PCT (basically a glorified CNA). As an LPN, you work under the supervision of an RN. As far as skill set, LPN's can do pretty much what an RN can (except some IV skills, such as hanging blood, IV push, etc). RN's are basically the managers/coordinators of the health care team. LPN's are trained in basic bedside nursing care. You say you're in Georgia, were you looking to relocate to Florida? At my school one can complete their LPN program then automatically bridge to the RN program. I have a classmate the graduated from the school's LPN program in February, and then immediately bridged to the RN program, which we all started about a week ago. So if I were in you're shoes, I would get the LPN first, get a job (as in order to bridge to the RN at my school you must be employed), then do the RN bridge. Hoped that answered your question!

@CLUVLPN I am looking into begining the program for LPN to RN at ANHO. I would love to chat with you about the program. I as well went to PBSC for classes first. I can't PM you personal info, as I am a new register. My questions are about the begining process, how the program flows and actual or additional cost from a student perspective! How far along are you in the program now?

Thanks Shanna

Hi Shanna,
First off, it's good that you got your pre-reqs done first (I'm assuming those are the classes you are referring to that were taken at PBSC). Prereqs at AHNO are about $5K. So with that said, the bridge program is a little over $15K, which includes tuition, books, physical and labwork (which are required prior to beginning clinicals), uniforms, clinical kit, and NCLEX fees. It is preferred that you have work experience as an LPN prior to applying to the program. You have to complete an entrance test (easy!) and provide a letter of recommendation (preferably from an employer). Also, a LPN transcript has to be provided as well as a college transcript showing the prereqs completed. Usually, the school admits about 100 students three times a year. My class started in May of this year and will graduate May 2014. The program is rigorous and fast paced. You must be on top of things or you will surely fall behind and it will be VERY difficult to catch up. (Not intending to scare you, just being realistic). A couple the students have dropped out already. We have just finished Med Surg and RN Role and will begin Ob and Peds on Monday. It is a good program with a high NCLEX pass rate. However, be ready to have no life for a year! Hope this has answered your questions! BTW-thanks for the friend request

Hi CLUVLPN,
I actually have the prereqs, physical and lab work done I am working currently as an LPN (St. Mary’s EH nurse) and supplied the letter of recommendation. I asked about the entrance exam and they said I didn’t need to take it. Maybe because I didn’t go to LPN school but failed out of RN school previously? Not sure either way if it is easy—lay it on me . I have also given them my college and high school transcripts. I also look forward to the fast pace. I really would like to know about the actual class. How often do they test you? Is the program self paced, as in can you move through faster? Is it computerized or paper? Do the classes really run 5-11pm M-Th or is extra time needed? How are clinicals done? Tell me about the fee schedule? When do you pay for classes? I am not wealthy but don’t usually qualify for aid. I am hoping to find out my appointment with financial aid today. I guess my two main concerns are cost (isn’t everyone’s?) and time. I felt like with PBSC they never wanted to help anyone, I was a number not a student. I can’t quit my job so I need to know they can coincide and succeed. I appreciate your time…………..you have been extremely helpful.

Hi. am starting in Sept 2013. I see that its going to be alot of hard work. I would like to know about the testing. Do the lectures helps with the exams? Do they provide the necessary tool to help the student to succeed because some schools do not.. thanks for you post..very informational

SAV2010

I posted some questions above that maybe you can answer. Have you been approved and for sure sitting in class? I am still in process and really hoping to get in. Please tell me about financial aid and the remaining steps. Have they told you when payment is due? Do they provide you a schedule like PBSC did?

@SAV2010 and LPN2RN13- Sorry for taking a while to answer. Working fulltime and going to school fulltime makes coming on here difficult. So Sav2010, you're starting in September. Expect for there to be about 100 people in your class. This lasts about six weeks after which the class gets split into two groups. There are currently 42 people in my class and we have clinicals Mon and Tues from 5p-11p (although we usually get out of there around 10:15p) and lecture Wed and Thurs 5p-11p (well 10:30p). LPN2RN13, I'm glad that you have submitted all your paperwork to be admitted to the school. And you're very lucky to not have to take the entrance exam (I wonder when they changed that rule?). In respect to financial aid, you usually have to have that all sewn up prior to beginning class. I didn't qualify for grants because I made too much last year and have no dependents and am single, so I had to pay about about $4,500 out of pocket and the remainder I covered with a federal loan. They'll let you know what if any you have to pay out of pocket at your financial aid appointment. In regards to the curriculum, our tests are usually about 65 questions, with about 10 select all that apply questions thrown in (which usually are the questions that cause people to flunk the test). The tests are worth 55% of your grade, the final is worth 40% of your grade and the quizzes are worth %5. Quizzes are usually pharmacology and are about 20 questions. We have a few projects thrown in as well that affects your grade in various ways as well. The tests are no joke. They are difficult and you must think critically about your answer (even then it may be incorrect). DO NOT change answers on your tests! This really messes up people. If you fail a test, your allowed one retake. If you choose to do the retake and score lower than your original test, that retake grade will be your grade for that test. In other words, they don't average the two test scores or take the score that was higher. So if you got a 70 on the first test then did the retake and got a 68, the 68 is what's recorded for that particular test. My advice is, pass the first time (78 is passing) so you never have to do a retake. There are retakes for everything, even finals. As far as clinical, usually there is 2-3 care plans/nurses notes due by the end of the rotation. Just get involved and never stand around doing nothing as it looks bad on our clinical group and will cause us not to be invited back to that site. BTW-We were just at St. Mary's for our Med-Surg rotation Lectures are what you make of it. I personally do better reading the material on my own. What else can I tell you? There is one saving grace for people who are struggling: You can fail a class and pass what is call a SAT (Stand Alone Test) for that class and still be able to graduate. If you fail a SAT and its retake (yes, there is a retake SAT), then you will have to repeat the entire Med-Surg class over again with the next incoming class and therefore you will not graduate on time. I hope these answers helped some. Let me know if you have any more questions. BTW-When do you plan on actually entering the program?

@LPN2RN13..CLUVLPN pretty much sums it up about the financial aid. Financial aid is available if qualified. I had to use loans and pay some out of pocket. All payments are due before the first day of class. I have been approved and waiting to start class in Sept2013. I was told that we will get our schedule on the day of orientation. Thanks for all the information CLUVLPN, it really helped me to get an idea of what to expect. Best of luck ladies!!!

@ CLUVLPN and SAV2010, You have HELPED SOOOO MUCH!
CLUVLPN -- I am hopeing to be in with SAV2010 in September! (and I will feel like I have friends entering ) All I am waiting on is the finacial aid appointment. I to am married but no children and will be working full time. So I'm certain that loans will have to be the way. But hopefully I can cover it all and move along quickly. Fingers Crossed they call me today with a Financial Aid appointment!
Can I ask your first names? I am Shanna. Again I thank you both for all your help. I really do appreciate it!

You're welcome SAV2010, hope to see you in September when you start

Good luck with your financial aid appointment! My name is Christen. Hope to see you in September! And you're welcome. Glad to help

@LPN2RN13 Good luck with your financial aid appointment! My name is Christen. Hope to see you in September! And you're welcome. Glad to help

My name is Stina. Looking forward to see you both in September also. @LPN2RN13, guess I will see you in class.

Hello everyone ,I'm new to this site but I completed my lpn program at ANHO last year it was very intense ,now I'm thinking about going back for my Rn,they are the cheapest and accredited in the west palm Beach area..I'm skeptical bout it but I'm going for it.hopefully it's not too late for me to register for the September class

Destinemightynurse- Well you never know until you ask. September classes I think start the 16th. If you apply and get your financial aid squared away I don't see why you can't start in September. If not the next class starts early next year. Good luck to you!

Destinemightynurse- Well you never know until you ask. September classes I think start the 16th. If you apply and get your financial aid squared away I don't see why you can't start in September. If not the next class starts early next year. Good luck to you!
I thought you were doing excelsior?

@ zanfelhor- Yeah, I was at Excelsior. Got to the FCCA, failed it, decided Excelsior wasn't for me after all and enrolled in a brick and mortar bridge program instead. I'm glad I did it this way. My program is tough but they have a near perfect NCLEX pass rate, so I know that I will be well prepared when its time to take boards. Are you a bridge student through Excelsior?

@CLUVLPN, I secured my seat. I have to go Monday and pay the balance (not to much) I really hope that its not only intense but that it is fast paced. I have questions about testing. How often do you test? Do you have the schedule available that you could send me?fax is 5618406024. When is your last scheduled day and how long after is Graduation? Are the test computerized or paper? Can I bring in earplugs? Im not a good test taker if there are distractions

@LPN2RN13- The testing schedule depends on the class, all classes are on different testing schedules. For example, my cohort tests on Wed and Thurs because we have clinical on Mon and Tues. The class that we split from (remember I told you at the beginning of the year you start out as one big class then you split into A and B groups six weeks in?) tests on Mon and Tues and have clinical Wed and Thurs. But in general, for RN Role and Med Surg there were three major tests, four quizzes, and the final. My last scheduled day is May 22 of 2014. Some graduates of the program have told me that graduation is going to be approximately one week later. I've also learned that many of the students who had completed the Leadership class (the last class of the program) had already taken and passed their boards prior to Graduation Day. So I guess NCLEX will be sometime in May. Tests are on Scantrons which the instructor runs through the computer to grade. Earplugs are not allowed. My advice is to sit in the front so that you can tune out the distracting people, who usually sit in the back. Sorry, I don't have a fax machine, so the best way for exchanging info that can't be shared on here is through email. What's your email address?

@CLUVLPN
I've been reading all the comments regarding the ANHO. How did you do? I am currently a student at PBSC. I have completed all class requirements and have passed the Hesi exam. I'm striving on getting accepted into the nursing program at PBSC, however looking for a second option - just in case ... bc their nursing program is very competitive. I read on other institution's reviews and learned that it is very difficult to find a credible school other than PBSC, PBA or FAU.. but my goal is to earn RN first then BSN later.. What's your advice? Please Help!

I'm interested In this school but I don't know about the drive. I'm in Lauderdale.

@CLUVLPN
I've been reading all the comments regarding the ANHO. How did you do? I am currently a student at PBSC. I have completed all class requirements and have passed the Hesi exam. I'm striving on getting accepted into the nursing program at PBSC, however looking for a second option - just in case ... bc their nursing program is very competitive. I read on other institution's reviews and learned that it is very difficult to find a credible school other than PBSC, PBA or FAU.. but my goal is to earn RN first then BSN later.. What's your advice? Please Help!
Well, the first month and a half were rocky but things have smoothed out since I've gotten into the swing of things. ANHO's way of doing things are a complete 180 from PBSC. Not to say one school is better than the other; they're just different. PBSC, as you say, is very competitive. ANHO is not. All you need is an LPN license and $15K. I'm not sure if PBSC has an LPN bridge program or do they just have the generic nursing program that will essentially make the LPN start all over again from scratch?
At ANHO, you must be an LPN and the bridge program is a year. Yes, I think ANHO would be a good plan B in case things don't work out at PBSC. After all, PBSC is cheaper and the credits will transfer over easier when you pursue your BSN. Just don't forget that if your objective is to get an RN license (every nursing student's goal), ANHO will get you there as well as they have a near perfect NCLEX first time pass rate. Hope this helps!

I'm interested In this school but I don't know about the drive. I'm in Lauderdale.
Yeah, the drive is a killer for some people, but we do have the a couple students who are willing to do what they got to do in order to get what they want. One girl drives up all the way from Miami, one that lives in Lauderdale, and believe it or not, two girls that carpool together all the way down from Palm Bay (Palm Bay is two hours north from West Palm Beach). My two friends who graduated from the program last year commuted from Port Saint Lucie and Davie (an hour north and an hour south of the school, respectively). To me, Fort Lauderdale isn't that far (maybe an hour?) and if my nursing school was down there I'd make the drive. However, some people hate having to brave rush hour South Florida traffic to be at school by 5pm, so I can empathize. What about Broward College? Have you looked at that school? I think its in your area.


Yeah, the drive is a killer for some people, but we do have the a couple students who are willing to do what they got to do in order to get what they want. One girl drives up all the way from Miami, one that lives in Lauderdale, and believe it or not, two girls that carpool together all the way down from Palm Bay (Palm Bay is two hours north from West Palm Beach). My two friends who graduated from the program last year commuted from Port Saint Lucie and Davie (an hour north and an hour south of the school, respectively). To me, Fort Lauderdale isn't that far (maybe an hour?) and if my nursing school was down there I'd make the drive. However, some people hate having to brave rush hour South Florida traffic to be at school by 5pm, so I can empathize. What about Broward College? Have you looked at that school? I think its in your area.
Yeah. I was thinking that too. If I really want it (which I do) then I'll make the drive. BCC is 10 mins from my house but its longer like 18 months. Ain't nobody got time fo dat!

With this school, do you have to be a working lpn for a year at least?

@CLUVLPN. My email is [email protected] or [email protected] (either one)
I actually have had several people comining in who are in doing thier prerequisites. I have seen some of thier orientation sheets I feel like Im getting early infomation. Do you remember orientation? for the two day, what all do they cover?

@CLUVLPN Yes! Thanks for taking the time in giving us helpful information.

Yeah. I was thinking that too. If I really want it (which I do) then I'll make the drive. BCC is 10 mins from my house but its longer like 18 months. Ain't nobody got time fo dat!

With this school, do you have to be a working lpn for a year at least?

I think it is very much preferred that you have working experience as an LPN as it would look better on your application to the school, but it is not required.


I think it is very much preferred that you have working experience as an LPN as it would look better on your application to the school, but it is not required.
Thank you!

@CLUVLPN. My email is [email protected] or [email protected] (either one)
I actually have had several people comining in who are in doing thier prerequisites. I have seen some of thier orientation sheets I feel like Im getting early infomation. Do you remember orientation? for the two day, what all do they cover?
Great maybe we can email each other during the year to support each other through this program. I have your email saved in my address book. Let's see, what was orientation like? Well, ours was two days, you feel claustophobic because you have 100 people stuffed into a small classroom, and you're excited as heck. You get your books, get fitted for uniforms, set up time to, go to the walk-clinic to get titers done, go over protocols and procedures, etc. Definitely enjoy the calm before the storm!

@CLUVLPN Yes! Thanks for taking the time in giving us helpful information.
No problem. I aim to please

This school is not NLN accredited. Palm beach community college is. Many employers will not hire nurses who don't graduate from schools that are NLN (national league of nursing). I am a new LPN at the VA medical center I was accepted at this school prior to receiving my job offer. I later learned I had to drop out of the program. I cannot work as RN there. Many hospitals have this standard. Ladies do your homework first!!!

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