What is the difference between a 2 year & 4 year RN degree?

The degrees are bother called Nursing (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN), but some schools offer it as an associates and some as a bachelor’s. What’s the difference? Does one make you more qualified and more hire-able? Would it be possible to get an associates in nursing at a community college and still transfer to another school and finish another major?

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3 Responses to What is the difference between a 2 year & 4 year RN degree?

  1. Rach? says:

    A RN has obtained a four year bachelor’s degree in nursing. They usually have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or BScN.

    A RPN only need a college diploma, which lasts two years.

    A RN gets higher pay and has more responsibilities than a RPN because they have further training. They are both very valuable and make decent pay, but RPN’s have limits on what they can and cannot do.

  2. pumpkin says:

    There are three typical educational paths to registered nursing—a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN), and a diploma. BSN programs, offered by colleges and universities, take about 4 years to complete. ADN programs, offered by community and junior colleges, take about 2 to 3 years to complete. Diploma programs, administered in hospitals, last about 3 years. Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of educational programs qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. There are hundreds of registered nursing programs that result in an ADN or BSN; however, there are relatively few diploma programs.

    Individuals considering a career in nursing should carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of enrolling in each type of education program. Advancement opportunities may be more limited for ADN and diploma holders compared to RNs who obtain a BSN or higher. Individuals who complete a bachelor’s degree receive more training in areas such as communication, leadership, and critical thinking, all of which are becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex. Additionally, bachelor’s degree programs offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s or higher degree is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

  3. Dzhastin says:

    A 2 year degree takes approximately 2 years to complete. The 4 year degree takes a little bit longer, usually about 2 years longer than a 2 year degree.