I think you answered the question just fine! I'd like to add just a bit to it, if you don't mind.
I'm currently a student in a Diploma program. Our program is for three years, and is associated with and located at a hospital-medical center. All of our non-nursing courses (English, Psychology, Sociology, A&P, Chemistry and Microbiology) are taught at the nearby college for full college credit. We also receive some transferrable credit for the nursing component of the program (including Nutrition and Pharmacology), so continuing on towards a BSN is very doable. Our program is very clinically intensive; in fact, in their last semester, the seniors take a full patient load three or four days a week. The clinical component was precisely why I chose this program, and so far, I love my school. Graduates are awarded a diploma, not a degree.
My understanding of the ADN programs is that it takes about the same amount of time because of the pre-requisites that are required to get into the program. Once you're in, you'd have two years of study in nursing, but all of the pre-reqs would be behind you. I'm hoping that someone involved in an ADN program will explain better, because I could be all wrong about this.
Good luck to you in whatever you decide. Ultimately, education depends a lot on what you're willing to put into it!
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An ADN is a two-year community college Associates Degree. A diploma nurse
, I believe, takes classes through a hospital & earns a diploma.
I'm sure someone else can answer this better than I can. lol
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