Difference in competencies between nurses prepared at the associate level versus baccalaureate Keyosha Moore
Grand Canyon University
An ongoing decision most nurses face today is whether or not to go back to school and gain a higher education. Education is a key component in being a successful nurse. This paper will explain the difference between Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This paper will also describe the disadvantages and advantages as to why some people decide to choose one over the other. An Associate’s Degree is a degree were you’re only required to receive a minimum of two years of college education. Typically this degree can be obtained at a local community college. The course work of an ADN program covers the fundamentals of the basic courses, prepping you with the necessary knowledge and skills for an entry-level job. The coursework of an associate's degree in nursing covers the following general subjects: fundamentals of nursing, infection control, nutrition and dietetics, basic microbiology, basic medical nursing, pediatric nursing, and more (JNurs EDUC). First step of entering into the nursing program, one must apply. In order to be eligible to be a nursing student: 1) You must be a high school graduate and at least eighteen years old 2) You must be able to obtain official transcript records. You must also have a GPA of at least 2.0 from a scale of 4.0 to qualify for enrollment (JNurs EDUC). 3) Must be able to obtain a reference 4) Pass a criminal background check (JNurs EDUC). 5) Must be able to pass a drug test (JNurs EDUC). 6) Successfully pass the entry level exam. This test assesses knowledge in reading, vocabulary, grammar, and math ( JNurs EDUC). An associate's degree in nursing is one good stepping stone in the academic phase of nursing. Some advantages of taking the ADN program is because it’s less expensive and it’s less time consuming. Typical college students...
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