diploma programs???

  1. Hello all...

    I am a current LPN student but have been doing research about continuing my education to be an RN. I am familiar with ADN (associates) programs and BSN...and I know the difference. But what exactly is a diploma profram? Is it somewhere in the "middle" so to speak???

    Thanks all...good luck this semester!!!
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  3. by   memphispanda
    Diploma programs are hospital affiliated. They tend to have more clinical time than other programs. Some require fewer college courses, some don't. Most are about 3 years in length, but some have shortened their programs. My program has gone from 3 full years to 6 semesters (1 college courses only, 5 clinical/college). You may run into problems with credit transfer if you choose to go on for a higher degree, but that isn't always the case.
  4. by   Rock
    Diploma programs prepare RNs in three years, or sometime 30 months, or even two years.

    Graduates sit for RN state boards, but do not earn a college degree. Many colleges, however, will transfer credit from hospital school graduates twoard a baccalaureate degree.

    At one time, all nursing schools were hospital-based, until someone decided that all nurses should receive training in a college setting.

    I found the diploma graduates to have had much more clinical experience and could take charge of a ward soon after graduation, not so with associate degree nurses.


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  5. by   cakarol
    thanks for the reply...I have found (what appears to be) a GREAT diploma program with Bon Secour Health Systems in Richmond Viriginia and can not wait to graduate from my LPN program so I can start working as a nurse there and begin my classes towards being an RN...

  6. by   Rock

    Good Luck to you !!!

    It sounds like you're going to be a
    good professional nurse.