Nursing Diploma Programs

Becoming an RN with a Hospital-Based Diploma

If you want a lot of clinical experience before beginning your career as an RN, a hospital-based nursing diploma may be a good option for you.

Those numbers are reflected in today’s working nurses. According to the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration, 13.9 percent of RNs have a hospital-based diploma, 36.1 percent have an associate’s degree, and 50 percent hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

Contact your state’s board of nursing for a current list of hospital-based programs in your area.

What a Nursing Diploma Program Can Be Like

Programs vary from one to three years in duration depending upon the hospital. All require that you have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). Some expect you to complete non-nursing prerequisite courses such as biology and math before you apply, and some work in conjunction with local colleges so that you can take prerequisites there. A few programs teach everything within their hospital system.

After completing prerequisites, you begin nursing classes. Hospital-based programs focus on clinical or practical experience as opposed to teaching comprehensive nursing theory, so from a skills standpoint you will be well-prepared to start your first job.

Getting Your RN License

Upon graduation you will take your RN licensing exam. Contact your state’s board of nursing to learn more about how to obtain your license. Most states also require you to obtain continuing education credits to maintain licensure.

General information about the RN licensing exam can be found at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing http://www.ncsbn.org.

RN Careers

RNs use their education and skills to care for patients. This includes both physical care and emotional care when someone is sick and also teaching patients to care for themselves and stay well.

Nurses can work in almost any healthcare setting. Your scope of practice, hours, and pay will vary depending upon your chosen specialty and work setting.

Other Education Options

You can also choose to get an associate’s degree in nursing from a community or junior college instead of a hospital-based diploma, or a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university. An associate’s degree is equivalent to a hospital-based diploma in terms of education or professional advancement. A bachelor’s degree enables you to work in a greater variety of professional roles and settings, and also acts as a springboard to a graduate education.

More Information and Resources:

American Nurses AssociationAmerican Student Nurses AssociationNational League for Nursing

List of Nursing Diploma Programs

Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants

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Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Abington Memorial Hospital – Full-Time RN Diploma
Full-Time RN Diploma
ACEN Accredited
Willow Grove, PA
Baptist Health Schools Little Rock – Registered Nursing (Traditional Track)
Registered Nursing (Traditional Track)
ACEN Accredited
Little Rock, AR
Beebe Medical Center – Nursing
Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Lewes, DE
Chamberlain College of Nursing – LPN to RN Bridge Program
LPN to RN Bridge Program
ACEN Accredited
St. Louis, MO
Chemeketa Community College – LPN to RN Entry Process
LPN to RN Entry Process
ACEN Accredited
Salem, OR
Chesapeake College – LPN to RN Transition
LPN to RN Transition
ACEN Accredited
Wye Mills, MD
Chesapeake College – Paramedic to RN Transition
Paramedic to RN Transition
ACEN Accredited
Wye Mills, MD
Cincinnati State Technical Community College – Nursing
Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Cincinnati, OH
Clark College – Associate Degree in Nursing
Associate Degree in Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Vancouver, WA
Cleveland State Community College – Online Nursing Program
Online Nursing Program
ACEN Accredited
Cleveland, TN
College of Central Florida – Associate Degree Nursing
Associate Degree Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Ocala, FL
Covenant Health System – Advanced Credit program
Advanced Credit program
ACEN Accredited
Lubbock, TX
Covenant Health System – Hospital-based Diploma program
Hospital-based Diploma program
ACEN Accredited
Lubbock, TX
Firelands Regional Health System – 3-year Nursing Diploma
3-year Nursing Diploma
ACEN Accredited
Sandusky, OH
Frankford Hospital – Diploma in Nursing
Diploma in Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Philadelphia, PA
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development – Registered Nursing
Registered Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Cincinnati, OH
Harrison College – Indianapolis East – Associate of Science Degree
Associate of Science Degree
ACEN Accredited
Indianapolis, IN
Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Camden County – Nursing Diploma
Nursing Diploma
ACEN Accredited
Blackwood, NJ
Henderson Community College – Online Nursing Assistant
Online Nursing Assistant
ACEN Accredited
Henderson, KY
Hillsborough Community College – Online AS Nursing Basic
Online AS Nursing Basic
ACEN Accredited
Tampa, FL
Holy Name Hospital – Registered Nursing
Registered Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Teaneck, NJ
Indian River State College – Online Associate Degree Nursing
Online Associate Degree Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Fort Pierce, FL
Lake Michigan College – One-Year RN Certificate
One-Year RN Certificate
ACEN Accredited
Benton Harbor, MI
Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing – Diploma in Nursing
Diploma in Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Philadelphia, PA
Northland Pioneer College – AAS in Nursing
AAS in Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Holbrook, AZ
Northland Pioneer College – LPN to RN
LPN to RN
ACEN Accredited
Holbrook, AZ
Ohio Valley General Hospital – RN Diploma program
RN Diploma program
ACEN Accredited
McKees Rocks, PA
Reading Hospital and Medical Center – Diploma Program in Nursing
Diploma Program in Nursing
ACEN Accredited
West Reading, PA
Riverside Health System – Professional Nursing Program
Professional Nursing Program
ACEN Accredited
Newport News, VA
Roxborough Memorial Hospital – Diploma Nursing Program
Diploma Nursing Program
ACEN Accredited
Philadelphia, PA
Saint Joseph’s Health Services of Rhode Island – Diploma in Nursing
Diploma in Nursing
ACEN Accredited
North Providence, RI
Savannah Technical College – Practical Nursing Diploma
Practical Nursing Diploma
ACEN Accredited
Savannah, GA
Sharon Regional Health System – Nursing
Nursing
ACEN Accredited
Sharon, PA
St. Luke’s School of Nursing – Diploma Nursing Program
Diploma Nursing Program
ACEN Accredited
Bethlehem, PA
Trinity Health System – Nursing Diploma
Nursing Diploma
ACEN Accredited
Steubenville, OH
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside – RN diploma program
RN diploma program
ACEN Accredited
Pittsburgh, PA
Washington Hospital – Nursing Diploma
Nursing Diploma
ACEN Accredited
Washington, PA
Western Pennsylvania Hospital – RN Diploma program
RN Diploma program
ACEN Accredited
Pittsburgh, PA

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