diploma vs. adn?

  1. I am applying for the nursing program at my local community college for their ADN program. Im nervous that I won't get in so I started looking around for other options. the only other thing I can find are hospital affiliated programs that are also two years but you get a diploma. What is a diploma? Can you still sit for the NCLEX-RN? Do you make the same amount of money as you would with an ADN? Thanks
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  3. by   suzy253
    Diploma programs have been around the longest and are few and far between. I'm a graduate of a 3-yr diploma program. In addition to theory and your nursing courses, you can take courses as co-reqs (rather than pre-reqs). Diploma programs is very hands on in the clinical aspect. If the program is accredited, you are eliglble to take the NCLEX-RN exam and no...there is no difference in pay. Good luck on whatever you decide!
  4. by   nicolerj116
    thank you so much for your reply. It really helped to clarify things. I had no idea what the difference was.