Associate in ARts for nursing?!?!??

  1. Hey everyone, i am goin to be a new student going to Mount Saint Mary's College in LA, Cali. I was wondering is there a difference if its a A.S or A.A degree and why ain't i getting a A.S??? or as long as its a associate degree in nursing?:trout:
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  3. by   EricJRN
    The important thing is that the program will make you eligible to take the NCLEX after graduation. I wouldn't stress about what they call the degree.
  4. by   Chronicle Nurse
    thanks for implying eric....thats all i needed ahah
  5. by   GeminiTwinRN
    our degree is called an Associates in Applied Science, so is it possible that your degree would be an AAS?
  6. by   imenid37
    I have an Associates in Arts in nursing from way back when... 1987. My school now give an Associates in Aplied Science. I am sure there is some minute technical difference, though I do not know what it is. Bottom line, as someone else said, is can you take NCLEX at the end of the program and does it look like a good program? If so, no big deal. It is like how a lot of colleges are becoming universities. I guess there's a reason, but I don't have a clue what it is. Good luck in your studies!!!
  7. by   llg
    I agree with the others that you should not let that stop you IF the program is of good quality, fully accredited, well-established, etc.

    The minute technical difference in the name of the degree is probably not important to you, but might be to a few people -- so here it is.

    In the academic world, "science" degrees focus on the knowledge base of an academic discipline. "Arts" degrees focus on the performance of that discipline. People climbing the career ladder in academia usually prefer "science" degrees. (However, that is not always the case today.) Also, a lot of technical schools offer "arts" degrees as their focus is on preparing people for jobs performing technical skills -- not for academic pursuits such as teaching and research.

    When a degree program is established, the reasons for the naming of it are significant. However, over the years, the distinction gets blurred in many cases, but the titles of the degrees remain the same.
  8. by   Chronicle Nurse
    i get it now.....alrite ill just stick with the explanation of is that i can take the NCLEX test after the program....Ive been waiting for this school to call me!!!!...hah:spin: