Degree or Diploma, confused???

  1. What's the difference between a practical nursing AAS degree and a practical nursing diploma?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    The difference is substantial in academia. Basically, the person who earns an AAS degree in practical nursing is considered a college graduate, whereas the person who earns a practical nursing diploma is not regarded as a college graduate. I have a diploma in vocational nursing (LVN), so I am not considered a college graduate.
  4. by   Cls62011
    So, both are able to get the same jobs, do the same things, etc.? If I plan on going further than LPN, should I still get the degree instead of the diploma? Is one better than the other? Sorry, I guess I'm just not understanding.
  5. by   Cls62011
    What I'm trying to figure out is on an application i'm filling out it asks--what is your current education intent?
    -certificate
    -diploma
    -associate of applied science
    -associate in arts (not this one for sure)
    -PSEO(not this one for sure)
    I'm just not sure what to mark if I want to become an LPN.
  6. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    tigger340,

    There really isn't a pay difference as a new grad. I have AAS-Practical Nursing degree, and I'm glad I do, but you probably won't see much more in terms of $ until you get some experience. Hope that helped!

    Sharon :wink2:
  7. by   celery
    If you are planning on continuing to get your RN, it might be a good idea for you to get your LPN from a community college. That way you would get into a RN program easier, especially if that program were at said community college.

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