TJC offers two ways to become a nurse, the Licensed Vocational Nursing program, and the Associate Degree Nursing program, or RN program. Though they sound similar, Licensed Vocational Nurses and Registered Nurses have less in common than you may think.

LVNs obtain a certificate after completing a rigorous one-year program. LVNs work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, schools and home health agencies among others.

Excluding prerequisites, the ADN program requires two academic years for completion. RNs have an expanded set of duties including management, education and delegation, and are more frequently employed in hospital settings.

Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Education: Two-year associate's degree required.

Job Duties: Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Median Annual Salary: $66,640

Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN)

Education: 18-month VN certificate required.

Job Duties: Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Median Annual Salary: $43,170