Beyond Acronyms: What does it all mean?
Explaining Nursing can feel like you are drowning in alphabet soup. The terms RN, ADN, and BSN are often used , but understanding the distinction between the different roles is important when advising yours students.
Registered Nurse (RN) is a designation that means that an individual has passed a national exam and is licensed provide care to patients. Individuals can sit for the licensure exam after completing 2-4 years of study.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year degree that allows a student to establish a strong foundation in math, science, social science and liberal arts coursework. After earning a BSN, the student sits for their licensure exam which will lead to the designation of RN.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a two-year degree that allows a student to establish the basic skills to sit for the licensure exam which will lead to the designation of RN.
RN to BSN is a program designed for associate degree and diploma-prepared RNs who are ready to expand their professional potential by earning their BSN.