Degree Without the Major Imprinted On It? - page 2

by Denroc72 4,066 Views | 19 Comments

I recently completed my BSN degree from ISU, and was excited to receive it in the mail, however, upon opening the package, I found that the degree only had "Bachelor of Science" printed on it with no mention of nursing or the... Read More


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    My understanding is that a University is an organization made up of different Colleges (or schools, like mappers said in the previous post) -- there's a Business College and a Music College and a Science College and a Nursing College. Many diplomas will say the name of the university as well as the name of the college/school, rather than saying the name of the specific degree. Therefore a BS degree from a School of Nursing or Nursing College would be assumed to be a BSN.
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    I had to climb up over my desk and look at mine.

    The bachelor's says "The Trustees of X UNIVERSITY upon the recommendation of the faculty of the SCHOOL OF NURSING hereby confer upon GRNTEA MAIDENNAME the degree of BACHELOR OF SCIENCE ..."

    The master's says, "Y UNIVERSITY. To All to Whom these Letters shall come, Greeting. The Regents of the University upon Recommendation of the University Faculty and by Virtue of the Authority vested in Them by Law have this day admitted GRNTEA LASTNAME to the degree of MASTER IN NURSING ..."


    Schools and universities get to say when they apply for the ability to grant degrees what they're going to be called. A BS in nursing is the same as a BSN or a BScN, but you can only use the one they actually gave you in your signature. So mine was GrnTea BS RN, but not BSN, and now is GrnTea MN RN blah blah blah, not MSN. (The convention is to list your highest academic degree first, then your licensure (RN) then your certifications, if any.)
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    Quote from Denroc72

    I questioned this because when applying for jobs if they requests for a BSN prepared nurse then there are extra steps I would have to take just to prove this. It is not a major issue. I was just expecting to have the degree printed with the major on it.

    Thank you for your response!

    Denroc72
    Most employers ask for an official transcript. I did not show my employer my degree. They asked for a official transcript .
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    I wouldn't worry too much. I've never had to show my diploma. Usually they'll just check that you have your nursing license, you can't get that without a degree in nursing so they know you graduated.
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    Yup, different Universities do it differently.

    I have had employers ask for a copy of my degree as well as transcripts...even though I have decades of nursing experience.
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    My ADN states "Registered Nursing" my BS states "Bachelor of Science Community Health Education". Yanno, when the BS came in the Mail, it only had Bachelor of Science. I called the registar's office to see if this was correct, she said no, I sent it back, and the corrected one came back. I would call the school.
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    LOL, I looked mine up because I wasn't sure. Most of the thing is in Latin, but right there in the middle is "Bachelor of Science in Nursing" I guess it shows how much it mattered that I had to look it up a couple of years after graduating. Poster above said it best: No one cares what the diploma says, employers care about licensure, job experience, references, and transcripts.

    Edit:
    Rereading above: I guess some employers may ask for a diploma, I've never experienced it though.
    Last edit by DeBerham on Jan 4, '13
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    Quote from LadyFree28
    Most employers ask for an official transcript. I did not show my employer my degree. They asked for a official transcript .
    I've always had just the opposite, show the degree, and no request for a transcript. I do have a certified letter with the school's seal that states I've completed the program. I was just curious to see what others have experienced. Thank you!

    Denroc72
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    Quote from tewdles
    Yup, different Universities do it differently.

    I have had employers ask for a copy of my degree as well as transcripts...even though I have decades of nursing experience.
    Thanks,

    I'm at ease now knowing that it varies depending on the univerisity.

    Denroc72
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    Quote from RN In FL
    My ADN states "Registered Nursing" my BS states "Bachelor of Science Community Health Education". Yanno, when the BS came in the Mail, it only had Bachelor of Science. I called the registar's office to see if this was correct, she said no, I sent it back, and the corrected one came back. I would call the school.
    I did this, and the lady told me that is how they are printed.

    I just checked my email, and the school confirmed that only the type of degree is printed on the diploma and not the major. Thanks for responding.

    Denroc72
    Last edit by Denroc72 on Jan 4, '13


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