The more education a nurse has the better off she will be. As for experience we all end up getting it on the floor. As for prereq's and other classes besides the nursing classes I received as an ADN I had to have chemistry, cell biology, microbiology, Anatomy and PHysiology(3 total classes plus the corresponding labs) , 1 Algebra, Psychiatry, adult/child and abnormal. 4 total classes. Sociology. Speech, 3 phys ed classes, 2 arts classes besides the nursing arts. 3 English classes. I realize someone who gets their BSN has more than this, but please stop acting like we in ADN programs and Diploma programs do not get everything we need to be very good at what we do. Not only did we have to prove ourselves with the above mentioned classes but when we worked clinicals we had to do care maps, show down to cell level all disease processes of this patient and cell level for all meds. We had one night to prepare this map and care plan. We went to the floor at 2pm and by next morning 7am were expected to be ready with care plans/care maps in hand in perfect order. We also had to answer questions by our instructors about medications, procedures, etc... down to cell level about our particular pateints we were to have that day. I'm not sure what happens in diploma programs but I'm sure it isn't too much different. I know that where I live when you graduate from a diploma program you end up with an ADN so I'm not sure why they still call it this, but that is still what they call it. I'm a case manager for a home care agency and wouldn't do it if I didn't feel qualified. Not to mention, the place i work for wouldn't allow me to do it.