RNs must be licensed and typically have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, Associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree takes 4 years to complete.
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degrees and diploma programs usually take 2-3 years to complete. Diploma programs are offered by hospitals or medical centers and there are significantly fewer diploma programs than BSN, ADN, or ASN programs.
All programs have supervised clinical experience.
Graduates of BSN, ADN, ASN, or diploma programs qualify for entry level positions, but some employers (especially hospitals) may require a bachelor’s degree.