ADN programs offer a way for people to get into nursing without having a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Many programs like this are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAP). However, many's typically do not have admission requirements that go beyond what of the local school they are housed in. In other words, expect some more stringent requirements in both level and degree, but typically at least at BSN programs you will have to have a minimum GPA of 3.00.
The admission requirements for ADN's are much less rigorous than that of a traditional college program, particularly if the person is looking to get into the field. For most of these types of nursing programs, the applicant must first have at least an Associate's degree from an accredited institution that offers degrees in Nursing, although there are schools that will accept students with only a High School Diploma or GED.
In addition to these requirements, the ADN has some general eligibility requirements that will need to be met in order to be eligible to participate in the program. The first thing to consider is your specific state's minimum GPA requirement. This is because each state differs in the amount of GPA's required by its nursing programs.
The second thing to consider is whether the student wants to complete a Bachelor's degree program or whether they would prefer to earn a Master's Degree program. There are many reasons why a student might want to earn a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree. One reason for earning a Bachelor's degree is to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. An Associate's degree is generally used as a base degree for a range of careers in nursing, but there are also Masters programs available for those wanting to advance in their career.
The third consideration is the type of course work required in the ADN program. This is very important to those who wish to advance in their career. For example, there are some schools that offer classes that focus on basic nursing care while others focus on more advanced concepts such as Emergency Care or Critical Care. There are also programs that focus on both clinical nursing care and administration skills.
It should be said that the admission requirements for ADN's are generally much less rigid than those of a typical four-year university. However, it is always good . . . . . . to have a reasonable idea of your GPA requirements and any other prerequisites that may be part of the admissions requirements so that you can prepare adequately for the program.