Diploma vs. ADN

  1. So... I have the choice between two nursing schools. A diploma program which is about an hour and a half away. Not sure yet whether I'd move or not. And the ADN program is about 45 min. away. Both are really good... and exactly the same length (4 semesters after prereqs, which I finish up this summer). It seems like diploma programs have a lot more hands-on clinicals and stuff then CC programs, although the pass rates for both schools is really good. Any thoughts on the differences between diploma and ADN and which might be the best pick?
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    So... I have the choice between two nursing schools. A diploma program which is about an hour and a half away. Not sure yet whether I'd move or not. And the ADN program is about 45 min. away. Both are really good... and exactly the same length (4 semesters after prereqs, which I finish up this summer). It seems like diploma programs have a lot more hands-on clinicals and stuff then CC programs, although the pass rates for both schools is really good. Any thoughts on the differences between diploma and ADN and which might be the best pick?
    Worth considering strongly is whether you'll get credit for a diploma if you decide to continue your education. And also worth considering is whether having a college degree (ADN or higher) is important to you or the positions you seek. Many times, "RN" is all that's required. Sometimes, the degree matters.

    If both programs are equal in length, and one is a degree and one not, it seems to me that there must be a greater clinical component in the diploma program. Has to be, to fill the time the college courses would take. OTOH, the ADN has to have enough clinical time to meet licensing requirements. I haven't come across anyone who felt that their ADN program didn't have enough clinical time to prepare them to take on new grad positions at the end.

    Choice will be up to you based on the importance of what I've put out there.

    Best of luck to you!!

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