Baptist Health Schools - Little Rock

11900 Col Glenn Rd Ste 1000
Little Rock, AR 72210

Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing

The Jefferson Regional Medical Center Nursing program is fully approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The program offers a twenty four month program of study leading to a diploma in [...]

Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing

200 Mill Hill Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06610

Lutheran School of Nursing

3547 S Jefferson Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63118

Capital Health System School of Nursing

446 Bellevue Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08618

Christ Hospital

176 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center. Inc.

Park Ave & Randolph Road
Plainfield, NJ

Bayonne Medical Center School of Nursing

69-71 New Hook Road
Bayonne, NJ 07002

Camden County College

College Drive
Blackwood, NJ 08012

Arnot Ogden Medical Center

600 Roe Avenue
Elmira, NY 14905

Mercy School of Nursing

701 B Forest Point Circle
Charlotte, NC 28273

Watts School of Nursing

2828 Croadsaile Drive Suite 200
Durham, NC 27705

Ohio Medical Career Center

1133 S. Edwin C Moses Blvd
Dayton, OH 45408

(937) 567-8880

Springfield Regional School of Nursing

330 S Burnett Rd
Springfield, OH 45505

Tri - Rivers Career Center

2222 Marion - Mt. Gilead Rd
Marion, OH 43302

Trinity Health System School of Nursing

380 Summit Ave
Steubenville, OH 43952

Felbry College

1900 Polaris Parkway, Suite 475
Columbus, OH 43240


Ohio American Healthcare, Inc.

2323 Lake Club Drive
Columbus, OH 43232

(614) 866-9680

Butler Tech - D Russel Lee Career Center

3603 Hamilton Middletown Rd
Hamilton, OH 45011

Springfield Clark County Joint Vocational School

1901 Selma Rd
Springfield, OH 45505


Ohio Academy of Holistic Health

2380 Bellbrook Avenue
Xenia, OH 45385

Aria Health School of Nursing

4918 Penn Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124

(215) 831-6740 x100

Citizens School of Nursing

651 Fourth Avenue
New Kensington, PA 15068

Abington Memorial Hospital Evening

2500 Maryland Rd Ste 200
Willow Grove, PA 19090

Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital

1086 Franklin St
Johnstown, PA 15905

Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing

420 Rouser Road
Moon Twp, PA 15108

(412) 269-7520

Jameson Health System

1211 Wilmington Ave
New Castle, PA 16105

Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing

400 Highland Avenue
Lewistown, PA 17044

(717) 242-7930 x7970

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing

1401 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing

2301 E Allegheny Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134

Schuylkill Health School of Nursing

450 Washington and Jackson St
Pottsville, PA 17901

St Lukes Hospital School of Nursing

801 Ostrum Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015

St Margaret School of Nursing

221 Seventh Street- Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

The Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences

1025 Old Wyomissing Road
Reading, PA 19611

Brandywine School of Nursing

215 Reeceville Rd
Coatesville, PA 19320

(610) 383-8206

Saint Joseph's University

5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

St Joseph School of Nursing

200 High Service Ave
North Providence, RI 02904

(401) 456-3050 x3050

Covenant School of Nursing and Allied Health

2002 West Loop 289- Suite 120
Lubbock, TX 79407

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

8550 Magellan Parkway Suite 1100
Richmond, VA 23227

Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions

The program is offered in two educational tracks: the first track is the 80 week generic track or a 50 week advanced LPN to RN track. Students who successfully complete the program are [...]

Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing

1901 Tate Springs Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Riverside School of Health Careers

316 Main St.
Newport News, VA 23601

Sentara College of Health Sciences

1441 Crossways Blvd- Suite 105
Chesapeake, VA 23320

(757) 388-2900

Southside Regional Medical Center Professional Schools Online

737 South Sycamore Street
Petersburg, VA 23803

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The oldest and most traditional nursing education type in the U.S. is the diploma program. This is a two or three-year program that is primarily accomplished in a medical setting. Diploma program graduates receive just a diploma and not a college degree. Majority of diploma programs are now college or university affiliated, meaning, college credits are granted for certain courses.  

Many hospitals now collaborate with nursing schools to provide science and basic humanities courses; with the graduates receiving credits to be applied towards an Associate or a Baccalaureate of Science degree. In a few cases, a student can earn dual credentials, an associate degree and a hospital diploma. An example is the Mount Olive College and Watts School of Nursing articulation agreement. 

Diploma graduates can take the same state licensing exam for RNs as students that graduate with an associate or baccalaureate degrees. 


The Evolution of Nursing Diploma Programs

Since the 1870s, diploma nursing programs in the country have been set up in hospitals located in cities such as Boston, New York, Chicago, Hartford and Philadelphia. The catalyst for many diploma programs is the Nightingale School of Nursing. This was founded by Florence Nightingale in 1860. 

The first nursing school models quickly spread throughout the nation and as the number of hospitals grew, these became the chief source of nurses. 

The curriculum was not standardized back then and there was very little classroom experience. Nursing students often provided free labor for hospitals, with many of them working for 12-18 hours each day, at 6-7 days each week. In essence, students were learning everything hands-on. 

Diploma programs soon evolved into courses that took longer to complete. By the late 1900s, majority of the programs took three years to finish. The early graduates started writing nursing textbooks and which then paved the way for specialty training. 

Till the 1960s, the diploma programs were the major providers of RN graduates. The programs were at their peak during the ‘50s and ‘60s with around 1,300 diploma schools all over the country. 

These days, however, the number of such programs are slowly dwindling. It is now less than 10-percent of every entrance RN program. The decline started all the way back in the late ‘70s when nursing education shifted from apprentice-type learning to instruction type at colleges and universities. 

Diploma programs, these days, give a sturdy foundation in social science and biology with emphasis on clinical experiences as well as direct patient care. These also provide more clinical instruction as compared to any type of entry-level program. To many students, learning through experience is an effective way of studying nursing and those who enroll in such a program understand this concept.   

The diploma program curriculum is similar to the ADN or Associate Degree in Nursing program, with the difference seen at additional clinical hours for the former. Graduates become adept with their clinical skills, hence, they can easily find employment in long-term care, acute care and community health care settings. 

Many of the remaining U.S. diploma schools are located in the East and in Midwest; with the programs concentrated in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.    

After training, many are hired by hospitals, which is the type of nursing care these students are groomed for. Today, there are less than 100 programs.