what does your diploma say? - page 2

by sarahw2 | 4,436 Views | 16 Comments

I just graduated from the University of South Dakota with my associate of science in nursing degree. However, upon further inspection of my diploma, it just says "degree of associate of science." I would like to assume that it... Read More


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    Beats me! Every diploma I ever received is still rolled up in the tube I received it in. Why the heck would I want to hang them up on a wall at home? Just slightly pretentious, maybe?
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    I see it as a proud accomplishment that I've achieved. It is the first step (of hopefully many more) for my nursing career, and I would like to share that pride with others. I don't see it as pretentious. I know schools and employers won't care what it says, or to even see it, but I will be the one looking at it.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN

    *** But it DOES matter what kind of degree you have depending on where you plan to go to school. Those whose degree say "Associates of Science" are in a better position than those, like me, whose degree says "Associates of Applied Science" The degrees are not the same.
    You are correct that no employer will care.
    The only thing that truly matters are the courses taken and how they transfer.
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    Quote from RN_2012
    The only thing that truly matters are the courses taken and how they transfer.
    *** Not exactly. For example some programs for BSN and MSN only look at the degree. WGU is a good example. Those who graduated from associates of science are eligible to complete their BSN by just taking the 7 RN to BSN classes. Those who are graduates of associates of applied science are not and must have a transcript review. This usually results in a number of other classes being required in addition to the 7 RN to BSN classes.
    Other schools are like that as well.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN

    *** Not exactly. For example some programs for BSN and MSN only look at the degree. WGU is a good example. Those who graduated from associates of science are eligible to complete their BSN by just taking the 7 RN to BSN classes. Those who are graduates of associates of applied science are not and must have a transcript review. This usually results in a number of other classes being required in addition to the 7 RN to BSN classes.
    Other schools are like that as well.
    Every RN-BSN program I have checked into all go by transcripts not what the degree is.
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    Quote from RN_2012
    Every RN-BSN program I have checked into all go by transcripts not what the degree is.
    Then you haven't checked out all of them. There is also the RN to MSN programs to consider.
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    I have taken my cue from my dad when it comes to diploma and degree hanging. On his inner office wall, he hung his law degree, his admission to practice before the US Supreme Court, his Eagle Scout Award, and his fourth grade penmanship certificate. Everything else stayed rolled up in the tubes in his closet. Just a few of the "everything elses" included: his medical degree, his certificate showing that he had been editor of the Law Review, etc. etc. etc.

    He won many professional awards, was recognized as a national expert in his field of law, and was directly responsible for the changing
    of three unfair to consumers laws, and the passing of two consumer friendlier banking laws, and all without hanging a raft of framed paper.

    He dropped dead suddenly at age 52 and all his many awards and framed degrees are not what most people remember about him.
    What they do remember is his laugh, his smile, his warm eyes, his willingness to lend a hand, his silly sense of humor, his love of a good practical joke, whether at the YM with kids' basketball,
    as a little league coach, or going to meet with a little old lady in her home to spare her the journey into town.

    I think I had an excellent role model.


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