A Question

  1. Hi, all! The program I am entering offers a diploma, whereas the hospital accross town offers an Associates degree. They both teach the same material (I've been told) and take the same amount of time to complete. What's the difference? Will the Diploma hurt me in the long run if I decide to go back for my BSN? Since I already have a BAchelors in Science, do I need to worry about getting an associates vs a diploma? Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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  3. by   frankie
    Jen, sounds confusion to me. I had a BS in chemistry before attending nursing school. I attended a diploma school at a hospital, and completed the traditional 3 year diploma program in 2 years. The problem with all that was, the credits granted in nursing classes were granted by a hospital, not a university. Had I gone to school for 2 years at university, I would have had college credits that would transfer. For a long time, the ed. community would not let us diploma grads off the hook when wanting the BSN. I waited - too long - and I do have my BSN - and more. The puzzeling things are 1 ) I thought all diploma programs were gone, and 2) usually hospitals do not give credits. Is the hosptial holding classes in their facility for a school?
    Hope this helps. It is a long road, but an interesting one. Take care - frankie
  4. by   memphispanda
    I talked to several places before deciding on a diploma program. I already have a BSN. What I was told is if I want to further my education (straight to Masters) I might have to take 2 or 3 additional undergraduate classes and then I could go directly to the Masters program. I talked to another institution that said their requirements were a BS or BA and RN of any type.

  5. by   Kyle's Mom
    My mother, and RN for almost 35 years, is a "diploma nurse." When I was in high school & was thinking about nursing, she tried to encourage me to enter a diploma program, if I could find one. She is convinced that this was the best way to get your nursing education - they got lots of clinical experience, just about from day one. She eventually went on to get her BSN and MSN.