Diploma in Nursing

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A Diploma in Nursing or Nursing Diploma is an entry-level tertiary education nursing credential.

In the United States, this diploma is usually awarded by hospital-based nursing schools. Students awarded a Diploma in Nursing are qualified to sit for the NCLEX-RN and apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse.[1]

At one time, all nurses in the United States were diploma-prepared. The Cherry Ames series of children's books was created to encourage girls to go into the nursing profession during World War II. She was a "hospital diploma" nurse.

Although the number of hospital-based nursing schools continues to decrease, many still exist. Some require that non-nursing prerequisite courses be completed at another school prior to admission or coordinate their program with classes at a nearby school, though many are still self-contained.


  1. ^ RN (July 21, 2011), Becoming a Registered Nurse, rnprogramshome.com, retrieved February 27, 2014 

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Nursing in the UK have diplomas which many qualified nurses have.