Do you mean an Associate's Degree a/k/a ADN or ASN? It's not a certificate but an actual college degree. A good many of us are getting our ADN/ASN through the community college. A BSN will provide more opportunities for administrative nursing and open more doors later but the ADN/ASN, in the short run, will get you to the same place when you graduate. Many of the credits can transfer to a BSN bridge program down the road.
Someone is mistaken. There are no certificate RN programs... at least not in the US. There are diploma programs though.
Oops, Sorry. I was confused between the NCLEX certification and the Degree program. Yes, an associates degree, though I don't know if it's ADN or ASN. Actually that clears up a lot of my questions. I've read the alleged salary differentials posted around here. ohhh boy, I need more coffee then I'll try to make sense of all of this.