LPNs with a Diploma vs LPNs with an Associate's Degree

  1. 0 Hello!

    I am interested in Nursing, particularly with the LPN program...Can anyone please tell me the difference between LPNs who have received a diploma versus LPNs who have received an Associate's Degree? Is is easier for Nurses with an Associate's Degree to get jobs? What about wages/salary?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Visit  avigrrl80 profile page

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  3. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    In my area, employers tend to hire based solely on the LPN license, not the program attended. There's no salary difference in my city being paid to LPNs based on whether or not they have a degree in practical nursing.

    My friend is an LPN with a bachelor of science degree in public health, and she does not receive higher pay rates for her educational level.
  4. Visit  lauralauranurse profile page
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    i didn't even know there were programs for LPNs to finish with a diploma or associate's degree.

    i'd say 98% of programs here award a certificate. also, every LPN co-worker, i've ever worked with has a certificate ..

    i don't think it's as big of an issue in the LPN world as it is in the RN world regarding if you hold a diploma, associate's or bachelor's.

    as far as i know, hospitals aren't going to look at your degree, but the fact that you are an LPN.

    i know a few RNs who have master's degrees in education, bachelor's in biology, etc., however hold a diploma in registered nursing and are only getting paid for their diploma-level education.

    just sayin' ..
  5. Visit  pagandeva2000 profile page
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    In my area, employers tend to hire based solely on the LPN license, not the program attended. There's no salary difference in my city being paid to LPNs based on whether or not they have a degree in practical nursing.

    My friend is an LPN with a bachelor of science degree in public health, and she does not receive higher pay rates for her educational level.
    Does your friend intend to use her degree in public health or has she had any options to utilize it? I am asking because I am seriously considering going the same route and am researching this option intensely. Thanks!
  6. Visit  lauralauranurse profile page
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    no, i don't think any of the nurses i know have done "anything" with their other degrees.

    most of the people here have the problem -- "i'll go to school for this ..... and when i graduate, i'll find that i'm working at a bookstore for $7/hr. hmm.. maybe i'll try nursing school."

    however, i think if you work it the other way around, you have a better chance at using that "other" degree because i think employers love that you have a nursing background.

    am i making sense? i hope so!
  7. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Does your friend intend to use her degree in public health or has she had any options to utilize it? I am asking because I am seriously considering going the same route and am researching this option intensely. Thanks!
    My friend earned her BS degree in public health several years before becoming an LPN.

    When she graduated from college with her degree, she could only land lower-paying case management positions with the state. She was never able to earn more than $30,000 per year with her degree. Now that she's an LPN, she has more earning potential (she earned $49,000 last year).

    Some people are wondering why she didn't enroll in an accelerated BSN program for students who have previous degrees. Her previous college grade point average was a 2.6, which is not competitive enough for admission into many RN programs.
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  8. Visit  neygray profile page
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    Quote from lauralauranurse
    i didn't even know there were programs for LPNs to finish with a diploma or associate's degree.

    i'd say 98% of programs here award a certificate. also, every LPN co-worker, i've ever worked with has a certificate ..
    I have a diploma. I guess it depends on what state that you are in. But in the end, yes, all that matters is that you're a LPN and are licensed by your state BON.
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  9. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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    There really is not a difference between having a diploma or certificate versus a degree. The LPN license is what the employer is interested in. However, it is nice to be able to say that one had graduated from college and has a degree. There might be some advantage in the higher education process if one already has a degree.
    rtimmons likes this.
  10. Visit  Butterflybee profile page
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    I have a degree and as far as I can tell there is no difference.
  11. Visit  Mr. Username LPN profile page
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    Recently I saw a posting by HCA for an LPN Coordinator at their Jacksonville Cyberknife, that required an Associates Degreed LPN, or an LPN with a previous Associates in a medical related field.
  12. Visit  Simba&NalasMom profile page
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    Quote from lauralauranurse
    i didn't even know there were programs for LPNs to finish with a diploma or associate's degree.

    i'd say 98% of programs here award a certificate. also, every LPN co-worker, i've ever worked with has a certificate ..

    i don't think it's as big of an issue in the LPN world as it is in the RN world regarding if you hold a diploma, associate's or bachelor's.

    as far as i know, hospitals aren't going to look at your degree, but the fact that you are an LPN.

    i know a few RNs who have master's degrees in education, bachelor's in biology, etc., however hold a diploma in registered nursing and are only getting paid for their diploma-level education.

    just sayin' ..
    My program in Colorado was a diploma one. It took a year.

    To the OP, I happen to have an associate of arts degree. It may be worth about $5 more than the paper it's printed on.
  13. Visit  2ndcareerchange profile page
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    I have seen similar postings where they are asking for an associates degree. I am not sure if the HR person who is posting the job has any idea of what they are asking for or its the new thing to see if you have an associates degree as well. But it has been a common theme during this lagging job market. Also I have seen postings for an LPN II?? what is that?? Are their different levels of LPN or is it again an HR person who has no medical background posting these things?? The jobs didnt read any different then just the "LPN" jobs. Just curious....
  14. Visit  andreasmom02 profile page
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    I am an LPN with an associates degree. I got my LPN through a local community college. The way that college's nursing program works, you work on your associate degree in nursing until you become an LPN. Once you've taken all of the classes to be an LPN, you can exit the program & get your LPN license, or take two more semesters of nursing and become an RN. I had a small child while in nursing school... So after I got my LPN, I exited the program. I only need two more semesters to be an RN. I hope to go back in the near future and get my RN... I think having an associates opens more "doors" in nursing & other careers if you didn't want to stay in nursing.


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