ASN vs ADN and another question

  1. I'm preparing my resume so that I can apply for CNA training while going to school. Hoping that will increase my chances of eventually getting into the nursing program. Here are my questions:

    1.) What is the difference between ASN and ADN? If I put that I am currently a student at TCC, should I say I'm going for ASN or ADN? If I knew the difference, I wouldn't have to ask. LOL

    2.) Hypothetically speaking, what if a person doesn't complete nursing school. At what point can they go for LVN vs RN? Can this even happen? Not that I'm planning on not completing. Just curious.

    Thanks ya'll.
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  3. by   TexasPediRN
    I'm not sure as to the answer to your first question, as I've never heard of ASN, only ADN.

    As for the second question, you have to graduate nursing school in order to be able to sit for your boards. If you dont complete nursing school, you cant get your LVN or RN. For example, Once your graduate, you will receive your degree from the school.I graduated with a Bachelors degree in nursing (BSN). So upon graduation, thats what i got. My BSN. I needed to have that BSN before I was able to apply for my state boards. You do not get the title of RN or LVN behind your name until you take and pass your state boards. I hope that makes sense...

    Now I beleive that if you are going for your RN, you can be eligilble to sit for your LPN boards after perhaps 1 year of nursing clinicals, but dont quote me on that one.

    It is a very good idea to get some CNA training though- you'll get to learn new skills and practice them on patients (ie vital signs, etc).

    Good luck with nursing school!

  4. by   suzanne4
    They are the same degree, different schools call them different degrees, but it is two year associate degree.

    You must complete a full RN program to be a ble to take the RN licensing exam. You must take the full LPN/LVN program to be able to write the NCLEX-PN exam. The only time that you can get around that in your state is if you finish the first year of a two year RN program, or three years of the four year program, you may be permitted to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam. But it will also depend on how your school sets up its curriculum.
  5. by   amlaboy
    What does TCC call it? ASN or ADN?

    Thanks, guys.
  6. by   HeartsOpenWide
    1. there is no difference, just different names in different states...Associate Degree in Nursing/Associate of Science in is the same as LVN and LPN....Lisenced Vocational Nurse/License Practice Nurse...just depends on what state you are from.

    2. This depends on exactly what you can become a nurse without getting your ASN/ long as you have completed the nursing courses themselves. (I mean minus the general ed courses which every one takes just for the degree) There is such thing as a CERTIFICATE in nursing, although I do not know any one who has not just gone all the way at at least gotten their ASN/ADN.
  7. by   amlaboy
    It's LVN in TX. Is it ADN or ASN in TX?
  8. by   EricJRN
    Here in TX, schools usually award either the Associate of Science (AS) in Nursing or the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing. From an accredited school, both degrees allow a person to take the NCLEX-RN.

    AS and AAS programs are often lumped together and referred to as ADN (associate degree nursing) programs for simplicity's sake, but very few schools actually grant a degree that says ADN or Associate Degree Nursing on the diploma.
  9. by   amlaboy
    Thanks, all!!!
  10. by   CametoitlateTexan
    The school I am going to refers to it as ADN.
  11. by   gauge14iv
    They may call it ADN - but what do they print on your degree? Usually is Associate Science (AS) or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) even tho they call it ADN...

    hmmmm lets just make it all a little MORE confusing for the general bout it? LOL!
  12. by   amlaboy
    So confusing. I settled for putting down "working on an associates degree in nursing." This way I won't shoot myself in the foot. :beercuphe
  13. by   gauge14iv
    Perfect! and understood by everyone!
  14. by   CametoitlateTexan
    This is the perfect thread. Problem solved and no injuries incurred!