Quote from cariad
you will have a hard time getting anyone from the uk or the us to tell you the differencse, you need the american nurses to tell you what they nedd to qualify and the length of time. i am over here and still cant understand it.
apparently they can get an associates degree in nursing in just 2 years, but they also take pre-requisites for some courses, maybe an american can tell you what it all means.
some nurses take years to become qualified as they do it very part time, not at all like in britain.
the two yr programs require the pre-reqs first. normally about 6-8 classes, or about 1.5 yrs before getting into a 2 yr program. so, the two yr programs end up being more like 3.5 yr programs. and that is an assoc. degree.
the bach programs are 4 yr programs and the pre-reqs are part of the curriculum. in addition to the adn, they have training in theory, research, management, a little more in-depth pathophys, and a more 'liberal arts' educational focus.
both types of programs can have long waiting lists, but because the adn programs have a more 'as you go' system of collecting pre-reqs, the process and the waiting for a spot in the actual nursing programs seems more drawn out, from what i can tell.
both adn and bsn have to pass the same exam, the nclex-rn and that grants the title, rn, to both. but, the bsn degree tends to be more useful in 'away from the bedside' jobs, such as management and research.
if you are interested in an adn program, every program has a list of the specific pre-reqs they require, and while they are similar, they can sometimes be very different in the particulars (we won't take math 105 from another college, you have to take math 107 with us). and like i said, enrollment in a bsn programs tends to cover the 'pre-reqs' (that adns need before applying for the actual adn nursing program) as part of the course curriculum for the 4 yr bsn program.