Diploma vs degree

  1. I have a concepts paper due. I have to distinguish between the education, role, and responsibilities of the associate degree RN and the Diploma RN. I am in an associate degree program, so I know about it. I don't know much of anything about a diploma program. Can anyone help me?
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  3. by   Altra
    I'll be finishing my diploma program in a few months. If I can help you please feel free to send me a PM.
  4. by   naynay592
    I need to know what diploma nurses are responsible for in the field of practice. How much education is required?
  5. by   Traveler
    Diploma nurse do the exact same thing any other licenses nurse does. There are not too many diploma schools left- mine closed the year after I graduated. In diploma schools, the students get MUCH more actual clinical hands on time. I think there was 1200 hours of actual clinical time in my program. We were required to get all of our pre-req's at local colleges (micro, psych, english, etc.) and transfer them in. As far as upward mobility- a BSN is what is usually needed and preferred to hold management positions although I have held management positions. From what I have seen, right out of school working as a new nurse, the diploma graduates tended to have better clinical skills and feel more comfortable because of the high clinical hours in school. As far as education to get there, I had to transfer 30 college credits in- A&P, Micro, psych, soc, biomedical ethics, etc. I was working and just had my first child so I went to the evening weekend program. Two nights a week we had four hours of class each night. Every other weekend from 7-3 we were at our clinical site. We had two weeks off at Christmas and three weeks off in the summer. The nursing part (not the 30 other credits) was a three year program. I hope this helps!
    Ann
  6. by   Altra
    There is no difference in licensure, responsibilities, job opportunities or career path - a GN or new RN is a GN/new RN.

    My program is 22 months long (breaks between terms, but no summers off). That 22 months includes 30 credits of non-nursing courses (A&P, micro, nutrition, etc.) granted from a local university - their faculty come to our campus to teach. Our clinical rotations include the 2 hospitals in our system, LTC facilities, a state psych hospital, a Children's hospital and various community agencies. The total of clinical hours is approx. 1900.

    Our credits for both nursing and non-nursing courses transfer easily to RN-BSN programs.

    HTH. If you need more info, just let me know.
    Last edit by Altra on Mar 7, '05
  7. by   naynay592
    wow, i didn't realize how much the diploma and associates degree had in common. thanks for everyone's help. I really appreciate it.

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