Occupation: RN-Renal unit
Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 963; Likes: 25
I started in January 1999 and graduated May 2001 with my ADN. That was going summers and day and night classes. If I had it to do all over I would not do it that fast. It was very hard and stressful and tiring.
Jul 16, '02
Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 65
It all depends on whether you want a diploma, associates or a baccaulareate degree. The shortest route is an Associate Degree which normally takes about two years, sometimes three if you take all of the prerequisite classes BEFORE you start Nursing classes. Diploma programs are also two years in length but some hospitals are now turning their programs into three years.
I am a graduate of a baccalaureate program at a State University in my homestate. It actually took me 5 years to complete because of being unable to schedule some prerequisite classes and they were available to ALL undergrads and NOT just Nursing majors. Associate degree programs and Diploma programs really give you a lot of clinical or "hands on" experience. I attended a Diploma program straight out of high school and flunked out with six months left to go. I got a lot of experience and this helped me out considerably when I began clinicals for my baccalaureate program. If you want to get into management or pursue a graduate degree then I would recommend pursuing a baccalaureate degree.
Do some research and see what is available in your area! Good Luck!
Jul 17, '02
Occupation: ER RN
Joined: May '01; Posts: 5,588; Likes: 566
From deep in the heart of texas
I got my AD RN in 2 years flat. I neede the money to badly to take my time. To many kids in my home