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What's the difference between a diploma in nursing and an associate degree in nursing?

The biggest difference between a RN diploma and an associate degree nursing program is that students in an associate degree program take college courses, and students in a RN diploma program do not. The advantage of an associate degree program is you get a head start on further education—your college course credit will transfer into an online RN to BSN program should you choose to pursue your bachelor’s degree.

Both RN diploma and associate degree programs take about 2-3 years and prepare students for licensure as a registered nurse. However, students with only a diploma have much more time and energy ahead of them to earn their BSN.

While Herzing University does not offer a traditional "RN diploma" program, we do offer a unique pre-nursing diploma program (Diploma in General Studies - Pre-Nursing) for students looking to increase their GPA and qualify for nursing school. The program is available at our Wisconsin campuses in Brookfield, Kenosha and Madison.


Learn more about the Herzing Pre-Nursing Program

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