Help with all the different nursing titles!

  1. I'm in Canada, and hoping to become and LPN.

    I'm not sure what all the differences are between:

    RN
    ADN
    BSN

    and any other titles I've seen referred to here. I'm assuming BSN means "bachelor of science in nursing". What about ADN?

    What is the difference in amount (time of courses and degrees) of education? Is there a difference in amount of education between Canada and the US?

    TIA, I'd love to know the differences between all of these before I start my LPN course so I don't look like a complete idiot!
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  3. by   RN and Mommy
    Quote from Ogopogo
    I'm in Canada, and hoping to become and LPN.

    I'm not sure what all the differences are between:

    RN
    ADN
    BSN

    and any other titles I've seen referred to here. I'm assuming BSN means "bachelor of science in nursing". What about ADN?

    What is the difference in amount (time of courses and degrees) of education? Is there a difference in amount of education between Canada and the US?

    TIA, I'd love to know the differences between all of these before I start my LPN course so I don't look like a complete idiot!
    RN=Registered Nurse
    ADN or ASN=Associate Degree Nurse or Associate of Science in Nursing
    BSN=Bachelors of Science in Nursing

    All ASN or BSN = RN

    Once you are finished with your prerequsite courses, you can usually complete your ASN in 2 years, although total time usually is around 4 years with the prereqs included. BSN can be completed in 4-5 years. I have no idea about Canada vs USA.
  4. by   RNfromMN
    Don't forget LPN & LVN!

    LPN: Licensed Practical Nurse
    LVN: Licensed Vocational Nurse (I believe this abbr is only/primarily used in Texas)

    *both refer to the same job/position
  5. by   loriangel14
    Don't forget that in Canada we also have RPN = Registered Practical Nurse
  6. by   OgopogoLPN
    Quote from loriangel14
    Don't forget that in Canada we also have RPN = Registered Practical Nurse

    Ok, so what does that title mean? Is that the same as LPN? or as RN?

    I'm so confused!

    Are there any programs in Canada that offer "RN" after a 2 year program, as opposed to a 4 year BSN?
  7. by   loriangel14
    RPN is similiar to LPN but I am not sure if it is exactly the same. RPN is 5 semesters, how long is LPN? I know the title varies from province to province. Some provinces have phased out the dipoma RN programs altogether and only licence degree graduates. Good luck.
  8. by   adrienurse
    People in Ontario like to be a little different and call their LPNs RPNs. This is confusing because here in MB RPNs are Registered Psychiatric Nurses.
  9. by   loriangel14
    Hey you learn something everyday on allnurses. lol So is the LPN course the same length as the RPN? Does anybody know, I have always wondered.
  10. by   OgopogoLPN
    Quote from loriangel14
    Hey you learn something everyday on allnurses. lol So is the LPN course the same length as the RPN? Does anybody know, I have always wondered.

    I'm in BC and it is pretty standard here that LPN is 12 months. My course will be Sept to end of Aug. I'm not sure how it's broken down into semesters. I think 3. Sept to Dec, Jan-Apr, May-Aug.
  11. by   loriangel14
    I wonder how the RPN fits in. It used to be 2 semesters I think.Ontario expanded the course when they announced they were phasing out the diploma RN.Hmmm.:spin:

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