Associate Degree in Nursing

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Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Etymology: L, associare, to unite
an academic degree awarded on satisfactory completion of a 2-year course of study, usually at a community or junior college. The recipient is eligible to take the national licensing examination to become a registered nurse. An associate degree in nursing is not available in Canada or countries in the European Union.

As·so·ci·ate De·gree in Nurs·ing

(ADN) (ă-sō'sē-ăt dĕ-grē' nŭrs'ing)
A professional nursing degree conferred after a period of training (e.g., 2-3 years) shorter than that needed for the bachelor's degree.
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