What is an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)?
An Associate of Science in Nursing is a degree program that provides you with the educational material you need to learn so you can apply for licensure as a registered nurse (RN), as long as you successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national exam.
When you walk into your first job, you’ll have the skills you need to give safe, effective care to each one of your patients. You may care for patients of all ages or you may choose to specialize in one particular age group.
If you choose an accredited program, then you will be able to request federal financial aid. Your salary offers may also be higher. Also, if you decide to return to school for classes in advanced nursing, your entrance application will be more seriously considered. As you work on entry into an ASN program, make sure you stay informed about academic requirements, prerequisites, and degree requirements.
Nursing Degrees & Career Paths
Difference of an Associate Degree (ADN) vs. Certification (LPN) vs. Bachelor’s Degree (BSN)
In a BSN program you learn similar material from the ASN program, but it goes into more depth and you receive added leadership training. You also get additional training in management and information management than you would receive in an ASN program. An LPN takes the same classes than an ASN graduate takes, but they choose to earn a certificate rather than a degree.
Your career goals will have a strong influence in the program you select. With a BSN, you may qualify for a larger range of RN positions, such as nurse practitioner, case manager, or a Health Educator.
The time it takes to complete a BSN is longer than the time frame for the ASN. You will have to commit four years of study rather than two years. This means your tuition costs will be higher if you choose to earn a BSN.
Employer preferences may also have an impact on your choice. Increasingly, employers are looking for BSN candidates and those with higher degrees as well (MSN and doctoral degrees in nursing).
As for an LPN, they will also provide direct patient care, but will do so under the supervision of an RN or physician. These nurses cannot work independently, where an RN with an ASN or BSN can do so. Your eventual salary will also be different. An RN may earn an annual salary of $70,000. An LPN may earn a little more than $45,000, this is because this professional earned a certificate rather than a diploma. Your pay reflects your level of training