Diploma nursing?

  1. Hey guys. I was just wondering, is anyone else looking into diploma nursing as well as a degree? What are your requirments? Im looking to move to NC perhaps this summer if I dont get into the program here in NH, and saw that NC also offers diploma degrees as well. So just curious!
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  3. by   ange26s
    BY diploma nursing, do you mean LPN as apposed to RN? I am currently in a ADN program in NC. There are less requirements to enter the LPN program, which gives a diploma. For the RN program, you get your associates on nursing. Both programs are based on a point system and do not have a wait list. Im not sure how other schools are, but with mine either you get in or you dont. If you are not chosen, then you just reapply the next yr. We do not have to take the NET test. Hope that helps some! Good luck with applying to nursing school!
  4. by   niko1999 RN BSN
    THanks for the answer no, I was actually referring to diploma RN, sorry for the confusion. I know school up here, if you get wait listed after applying, depending on the number you are, the following year youre imediately accepted, without reapplying.
  5. by   ange26s
    I went to the state board website and there are 2 programs here.

    http://www.ncbon.com/content.aspx?id=324

    I never knew there was a diploma program.After viewing it, there are some courses that are required to practice as a RN, but it is not as many as getting a degree.Do you plan on furthering your education after receiving your RN? After I graduate I plan on doing the RN to MSN program offered at ECU.I know you have to have at least your associate degree to do that option. It is something to think about when choosing which program to apply to.Good Luck!
  6. by   will18
    what is diploma nursing?
  7. by   niko1999 RN BSN
    To do your masters, you need to have a bachelor's, either in nursing, or some programs allow other degrees. But I believe to get a bachelors, so long as you have your RN, then youre all set.But it is an option I am looking into, as well as the regular associates, then onward and upward. And to answer Will, diploma nursing is set in hospital, and very much geared toward clinical, whereas degree nursing is going into different facilities(diploma is out of the hospital sponsoring the programs), dont know about the clinical aspect, I know degree up here has a pretty rigorous clinical, up to 5 days a week your last semester. Feel free to correct me if Im wrong
  8. by   midcom
    Quote from will18
    what is diploma nursing?
    When I graduated from high school very few nursing schools offered a degree (BSN) Many hospitals used to have their own nursing school where the students did all their classes on that campus. It lasted 3 years instead of the 4 that they now require. You graduated & tested to be an RN but you didn't have a bachelor's degree. There are still a few of these schools around but are rapidly changing to either 4 years (BSN) programs or 2 year (ADN).
    Dixie
  9. by   PMFB-RN
    To do your masters, you need to have a bachelor's, either in nursing, or some programs allow other degrees.

    *** No need to get a BSN if you want a graduate degree. Many schools offer RN to MSN programs where no BSN in required or awarded. The only exception is CRNA. All CRNA programs require a bachlors degree to enter.
  10. by   Dottie78
    I'll be attending a nursing school that offers a diploma (for RN), but I heard they will be changing it sometime in the future to an ADN program. (Baptist School of Health Professions in San Antonio, TX) I know someone who attended this school, and they enjoyed it very much, and I heard that the dean is top-notch. There is nothing wrong with getting a diploma, and there isn't much difference in pay between new grads (RNs) with a diploma, ADN, or BSN. Also, if you obtain your diploma or ADN, most nursing schools also offer an RN-to-BSN program, so you can always go back to get your BSN if you want. I know you're not in San Antonio, but I'm sure there are programs like this mostly everywhere.
  11. by   al7139
    I have an ADN in nursing from my local CC. I am now an RN. There are also several schools in my area that offer a diploma in registered nursing. My understanding of this is that the school must be an accredited school no matter what your ultimate goal in nursing is. As long as the school is qualified to graduate students in registered nursing and they are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, then it doesn't matter if the student gets an ADN or a diploma. I have worked with plenty of nurses who went through diploma programs. There is much debate as to what is better the diploma or the ADN. My opinion is that there are pros and cons to both. The diploma nurses may get more clinical experience in school, but the ADN gives just as much experience. Some diploma programs require more pre requisites than the degree programs.
    One myth (at least in my state) is that you must have your ADN to get a BSN or MSN in nursing. This is not true. As long as you are a licensed RN, how you got it does not matter. There may be a few more required courses for diploma nurses trying to get a higher degree, but that is all. If you have a diploma rather than an ADN, you may have to do RN to BSN than go for the MSN. Either way, most schools that offer BSN and MSN have accelerated courses for RN's as well as convenient schedules for those of us that have to work.
    Hope this helps.
    Amy

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