FAQ: Diploma vs ADN

Typically, there are different course loads for nurses who graduated from a diploma school and nurses who graduated from an associate degree program. For the nurses who went to an associate degree program, credits earned from the specific classes will transfer into RN to BSN programs. Unfortunately, some of the classes that nurses have taken in a diploma program did not award college credits and therefore these classes will not transfer into the RN to BSN program. This typically means that the nurse who went to the diploma program will have to take more classes than the associate degree nurse. To find out exactly what your course load will be, your adviser to review your transcript and create an anticipated course load. Knowing this information will allow you to prepare for how many classes you need to take to earn your BSN degree.