I suppose I'm more fortunate that most, I've been accepted at 2 different types of nursing schools
One of the schools will get me an Associate's Degree, and the other a diploma. In a lot of the threads, it has been said that the ADN seems to have more clinical experience upon graduation than a BSN. In my case, if I do the ADN, I'll have 51 credit hours of clinical experience, and if I do the diploma, which is from a very highly regarded hospital school with a strict selection process, I will have 69 credit hours of clinical experience. The diploma school also has a much higher pass rate.
In either case, I already have all of the support classes finished, and will only have to do the clinicals. I also have the support classes finished to go directly into the RN to BSN program at a nearby university upon completion of either.
My gut feeling is to do the diploma, since I will get more clinical experience. But I worry that a diploma is not as highly regarded as a degree.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. I have a month to make by decision.
Mar 19, '05
Hi Gonna Be An RN,
I am also in the same situation, I applied to an ADN program and a diploma program. I have not be accepted to either program yet, but I am impatiently waiting! I should know about the diploma program by May and the ADN program by end of June.
I have gotten a lot of feedback on both programs. Like you said the diploma offers more clinical time which is a good thing but the ADN program offers an associate's degree and more background classes. So there are pro's and con's to both.
The diploma program by me-1st yr. students have two 1/2 day clinicals per week, 2nd yr. students have 1 full shift (7-330) and one 1/2 day of clinicals per week. The ADN program has two 1/2 days of clinicals per week throughout the 2 yrs. I feel like the diploma would be good in the clinical area because it really prepares you to be on a unit for a full day. I shadowed a student nurse @ the diploma school, she seemed really prepared, focused, and confident.
I was talking to that same student nurse the other day and she told me she is bridging her RN to a Master's through the diploma program. So I don't think it's a problem with transferring. I was a little weary of the diploma program at 1st since I want to pursue a BSN but do not have the funds right now to go right into the BSN. I need to get working as an RN, so I have the $$ to pursue my BSN, and besides that I really want to get working as an RN. The diploma or ADN was the fastest and cheapest way for me!
I will be happy getting into either or both! LOL!
Good luck in whatever you decide!
Last edit by cn2007rn on Mar 19, '05