Quote from merdarah
Having a Degree is way better than having a diploma I myself is currently going to school.I will be going to a lpn school probably in about 2 months or maybe even take Respiratory Therapist.Diploma is a Diploma you get that in private schools or I believe some in Community Colleges.Having a Degree means You widened your career choices and educaiton. A degree takes a little while to get than a diploma I believe.Being in an Lpn/Lvn private school I believe you will get a diploma, but if you want to continue your education I know there are Lpn bridge-Rn programs in some community colleges that will get you a Associate Degree in Nursing.That way your education is more advanced and you will certainly get paid more(also depends where you are or where you worked at.)Well that's all.
Traditionally, RN diploma programs were 3 years in length and associate degree RN programs were two years.
But the ADN programs have basically become 3 years in length to mimic the diploma programs, because, as everyone knows, it ends up taking 3+ years to become an RN by the time you finish all of your pre-req's before entering the two year ADN program.
The diploma RN and the associate degree RN are equal in the employment setting.
Don't choose an ADN program expecting more money or advancement than a diploma RN because it won't happen.
Also, if an employer is deciding between a diploma or ADN grad for a position, they will most likely look at experience and not education when deciding on which candidate to hire.