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Question:
Just wondering if someone could explain the options for nursing education in the States. Namely, what is an Associate degree? Can you still get a diploma in nursing in the USA?


Answer:
Steve, as Associate degree is typically a 2-year degree taught at a community college, which is a 2-year college as opposed to the 4-year university. But many 4-year universities also offer the two-year associate degree programs in nursing. In an associate degree program, students typically take 4 semesters, or 4 semesters and a summer, of science, liberal arts, and nursing courses. If you check the web site for Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (http://www.iupui.edu/home/nurs.html), you'll see descriptions of their 2-year associate degree program and their 4-year BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program.

There are still 3 or 4 dozen hospital-based diploma programs in the US. These programs are usually either 2 years or 3 years in length. The two-year programs normally require that applicants finish a year of prerequisite science and liberal arts courses before beginning the 2 years of full-time nursing study. The three-year diploma programs require essentially the same science and liberal arts courses, but the courses are taken during the first 2 semesters and summer session at the same time as the introductory nursing courses.

Generally, a diploma program offers the most clinical time to their students.

On my web page, I have links to most of the nursing programs in the United States. If you'd like to check out some of these programs, you can find the page at http://www.mindspring.com/~donna0527

Here are just a few links to diploma nursing programs: Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing, New Jersey http://www.holyname.org/brochure/nurschol.htm Watts School of Nursing, North Carolina http://drh.duhs.duke.edu/wattsson/ (this is where I start in August; finishing my prereqs now) Sharon Regional Health Center School of Nursing, Pennsylvania http://www.srhsschoolofnursing.com/index.htm Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, Ohio http://www.trihealth.com/Testsite/education/documents/son-intr.html St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Indiana http://www.ste.org/son/index.html

And here are some typical associate degree programs: Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis http://www.iupui.edu/~nursing/degpgms/asn.html Northern Kentucky University http://www.nku.edu/~nursing/ Lexington Community College, Kentucky http://www.uky.edu/LCC/NSG/welcome.html Wake Technical Community College, North Carolina http://www.wake.tec.nc.us/catalog/associates/nursing.html Pasadena City College, California http://www.paccd.cc.ca.us/instadmn/compsvcs/kiosk/CATALOG/C5a19s10.htm Brevard Community College, Florida http://www.brevard.cc.fl.us/alliedhealth/nursern.html





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