Program Plan

The ADN Program

  • provides a dynamic pathway for entry into professional Registered Nurse (RN) practice;
  • is continually evolving to reflect local community needs and current and emerging health care delivery trends;
  • is responsible for instilling the tenets of advocacy, professional involvement, life-long learning, and leadership; and
  • involves evidence-based practice which prepares graduates to employ critical thinking, clinical competence, and technical proficiency in health care settings.

Program Length

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is a total of 68-semester credits.

Program Description

The ADN program is designed to prepare students to apply for RN licensure  and take the NCLEX-RN® exam. The ADN Program curriculum plan meets the requirements of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) standards.  The curriculum consists of forty-eight (48) semester credits of nursing coursework. Learners are required to take the nursing courses in the sequence prescribed. The ADN Program requires an additional twenty (20) semester credits of general education coursework. A total of sixty-eight (68) semester credits is required for graduation. The program is designed to be completed within five academic semesters. However, it may take longer to complete if learners elect to take GE courses at institutions of higher learning that require prerequisites to the program’s mandatory GE coursework.

Learners may enroll in the residential program option at the Ogden campus or in the full-distance program option at an approved Dedicated Distanced Cohort (DDC) site. Learners engage in online didactic, on-ground lab, and on-ground clinical experience and learn learn disease management, treatment, and prevention as well as promotion of health from the standpoint of nursing. The curriculum is specifically constructed to promote career mobility in nursing. The curriculum in the ADN Program is concept-based instead of content-based. Learners will apply concepts to a variety of systems and disease processes, and critically think through situations by concept.

Note: Learners enrolled in an approved Dedicated Distance Cohort (DDC) must progress through the Program according to the original Program Plan. For each enrolled cohort, a predetermined course schedule outlining the entire Program is established at the time of the initial enrollment. The College does not guarantee the availability of courses at a specific DDC outside of the predetermined course schedule. Should circumstances arise preventing the learner from completing the Program within the original course schedule (i.e. LOA, failed courses, etc.), the learner may be required to complete the remainder of the Program Plan at another DDC or in Ogden, Utah.

The ADN Program curriculum was implemented as a result of the call for a radical transformation in nursing education presented in Educating Nurses (Benner, P.; Stephen, M.; Leonard, V.; & Day, L., 2010), a Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching study on preparation for the nursing profession, and other literature including the Institute of Medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report on The Future of Nursing. The implementation of concept-based curriculum is an answer to current literature and research on the best practices for nursing education.

Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed ADN curriculum with a minimum of “C” grade in each course and having satisfied all other graduation requirements, the student will earn an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree.

The ADN Program prepares graduates for entry-level RN practice in hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings. An RN with an ASN practices the art and science of nursing by utilizing the nursing process and functions interdependently with other members of the health care team. Nursing is a dynamic profession that contributes significantly to the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

ADN Program Objectives

  • Graduate future nurses who will improve individual, family, and community health and wellness by applying best-demonstrated, evidence-based skills and knowledge in their practice.
  • Facilitate career mobility of graduates and help meet the demand for professional nurses in the State of Utah and nationwide.
  • Increase the availability of nursing education opportunities for qualified learners.
  • Improve access to nursing education, class scheduling flexibility, and learning efficacy through the utilization of  a variety of innovative instruction delivery methods and learning modalities, including synchronous and asynchronous online engagements, blended, on-campus and distance learning, course structure, and high-fidelity simulation.

ADN Program Outcomes

The ADN Program Outcomes are aligned with the Institutional Effectiveness Plan (IEP) and measure the degree to which the program achieves its stated mission. The Program Outcomes are combined into five (5) mission-based broad categories as follows:

Educational Success – Learners

  • 90% of learner population will meet SAP.
  • 75% of learners will meet the established Learner Outcomes (LOs) achievements after Level I.
  • 78% of learners will meet the established Learner Outcomes (LOs) achievements after Level II.
  • 80% of learners will meet the established Learner Outcomes (LOs) achievements after Level III.
  • 75% of learners will meet the established “Confidence,” “Competence,” and “Compassion” benchmarks after Level I.
  • 78% of learners will meet the established “Confidence,” “Competence,” and “Compassion” benchmarks after Level II.
  • 80% of learners will meet the established “Confidence,” Competence,” and “Compassion” benchmarks after Level III.
  • 90% of learners will complete the program.
  • 80% of learners will meet the established one year benchmarks on the benchmark assignment/simulation based on Program-Level Learner Outcomes (PL-LOs).
  • Less than 5% of new learns who start the program will withdraw within the first two weeks of instruction.
  • Positive Net Promoter Index (NPI) score will be achieved on learner satisfaction surveys.

Education Success – Graduates

  • 82% of learners will meet the established Learner Outcomes (LOs) achievements after Level IV.
  • 82% of learners will meet the established “Confidence,” “Competence,” and “Compassion” benchmark after Level IV.
  • 85% of graduating learners will meet the established two year benchmarks on the benchmark assignment/simulation based on PL-LOs.
  • 70% of alumni will be enrolled in or completed a higher degree nursing program within 18-26 months after graduation.
  • First-time NCLEX-RN exam pass rate will be at or above 3-year rolling national average.

Professional Success – Learners

  • 30% of learners will be actively involved in National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) or its regional or local chapter.
  • 50% of learners will be members of nursing associations, other than NSNA.
  • 75% of learners will meet the established professional role assimilation competency benchmark on clinical evaluation at the end of the first academic year.

Professional Success – Graduates

  • 3-year cohort default rate will be less than 20%.
  • Positive Net Promoter Index (NPI) score will be achieved on employer satisfaction surveys.
  • 80% of alumni who graduated during the last academic year will be employed in the nursing field by December 1.
  • Positive Net Promoter Index (NPI) score will be achieved on alumni employment satisfaction surveys.

Improving the Communities We Serve

  • Fifty attendees will participate in each learner-led community health fair focused on health promotion and disease prevention.
  • 75% of learners will participate in volunteer activities at least once during the program enrollment.

Program-Level Learner Outcomes

At the program completion, as measured by evaluation activities throughout the program, the graduate will

  1. Demonstrate quality, competent, client-centered care–always bearing in mind the physical, psychological, spiritual, emotional, cultural, and environmental aspects of the client’s needs.
  2. Demonstrate skills on intentional learning, critical thinking, and reflection in order to purposefully perform their duties and provide holistic care to the clients they serve.
  3. Use current research and nursing’s identified best practices; graduates will demonstrate the ability to practice based on evidence in their profession.
  4. Make decisions demonstrating clinical judgment, taking into consideration ethical, moral, legal, and evidence-based principles.
  5. Demonstrate leadership and management skills and attributes appropriate for their role as registered nurses.
  6. Demonstrate effective communication–therapeutically and professionally–with and without the use of technology.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to assess, improve, and assure quality and safety situations in their work as nurses.
  8. Collaborate effectively with others and function as valuable team members of an interdisciplinary team.

Curriculum Plan

The ADN Program consists of ten (10) pre-licensure core nursing courses, comprised of forty-eight (48) semester credits delivered over four (4) semesters or sixty-four (64) weeks, and six (6) GE courses, comprised of twenty (20) semester credits, fourteen (14) of which are delivered over one (1) additional semester or sixteen (16) weeks and the additional six (6) GE semester credits are taken concurrently with the core nursing courses. The total length of the Program for learners electing to complete all GE requirements at the College is sixty-eight (68) semester credits, five (5) semesters, or eighty (80) weeks. Other general education and elective courses are available for learners who transfer in the required GE credits (or for any learner who is interested in taking these unrequired courses), provided there is room within the individual’s semester credit load.

Up to 50% of the clinical contact hours (352) may be delivered via simulation.

The ADN Program is a blended program. All didactic instruction is delivered via online learning modalities. However, the College may require learners to attend didactic instruction in any course on-ground. All testing, labs, and clinicals for the core nursing courses are delivered on-ground at the campus or other sites. A sample curriculum layout is presented in the table below.

Level 0
Course Number Delivery Modality Semester Credits Contact Hours
Didactic Lab Clinical Total
SCI 220 Distance 4 45 30 75
SCI 221 Distance 4 45 30 75
ENG 120 Distance 3 45 45
MAT 100 Distance 3 45 45
Total 14 180 60 240
Level I
Course Number Delivery Modality Semester Credits  Contact Hours
Didactic Lab Clinical Total
NUR 200 Blended 5 37.5 45 45 127.5
NUR 210 Distance 2 30 30
NUR 220 Blended 5 30 15 112.5 157.5
SCI 2251 Distance 3 45 45
Total 15 142.5 60 157.5 360
Level II
NUR 240 Blended 6 45 30 90 165
NUR 260 Blended 6 45 30 90 165
PSY 201 Distance 3 45 45
Total 15 135 60 180 375
Level III2
NUR 310 Distance 3 45 45
NUR 330 Distance 2 30 30
NUR 340 Blended 7 52.5 15 135 202.5
Total 12 127.5 15 135 277.5
Level IV2
NUR 360 Blended 7 60 15 112.5 187.5
NUR 390 Blended 5 35 120 155
Total 12 95 15 232.5 342.5
Nursing Courses Total 48
General Education Totals 20
ADN Program with GE Total 68 680 210 705 1595
General Electives
Course Number Delivery Modality Semester Credits Contact Hours
Didactic Lab Clinical Total
SCI 131 Distance 3 45 45
SCI 251 Distance 4 45 30 75
Notes:
1. Learners whose program plan differs from this standard plan must complete SCI 225: Pathophysiology in the first semester of enrollment at the College in order to progress within the Program.

2. Full-time learners who plan to continue to the RN-to-BSN Bridge Program are encouraged to complete SCI 131: Introduction to Nutrition and SCI 251: Microbiology with lab during Levels III and IV of the ADN Program, at no additional cost. Therefore, the total number of semester credits will increase from sixty-eight (68) to seventy- five (75).

General Education Requirements

General education (GE) courses can be completed at the College or another institution of higher learning accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The College may grant GE academic credit pursuant to the policies described in the Experiential Learning and Extra-Institutional and Non-Instructional Learning sections of the Catalog. Twenty (20) GE semester credits are required for graduation. Refer to the Admissions Requirements and Procedures section above for more information.

Physical & Life Science: A minimum of eleven (11) semester credits are required in this category. The courses listed below as well as other college-level Physical & Life Science courses are considered for transfer of credits. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory.
Course Semester Credits
Anatomy* 4
Physiology* 4
Pathophysiology** 3-5
Biology 3-5
Chemistry 3-5
Physics 3-5
English & Composition: A minimum of three (3) credits are required in this category. The courses listed below as well as other college-level English & Composition courses are considered for transfer of credits.
Course Semester Credits
English Composition 3-5
Academic Writing 3-5
Creative Writing 3-5
Communications 3-5
Poetry/Fiction 3-5
Mathematics: A minimum of three (3) credits are required in this category. The courses listed below as well as other college-level Mathematics courses are considered for transfer of credits.
Course Semester Credits
Intermediate Algebra 3-5
Calculus 3-5
Trigonometry 3-5
Mathematics 3-5
Business Mathematics 3-5
Statistics 3-5
Human Behavior & Social Sciences: A minimum of three (3) credits are required in this category. The courses listed below as well as other college-level Human Behavior & Social Sciences courses are considered for transfer of credits.
Course Semester Credits
Psychology 3-5
Human Growth & Development 3-5
Sociology 3-5
Abnormal Psychology 3-5
Cultural Anthropology 3-5

Transfer of Credit

Only official transcripts are accepted as proof of completion of previous coursework. To be consideredfor transfer of credit, general education (GE) and technical courses must be completed at an institution of higher learning accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or certain non-U.S. institutions of higher learning. See below for other transfer of credit requirements.

General Education (GE) Courses

The College will consider GE academic credits earned at other post-secondary institutions for transfer when the following conditions are met:

  • A grade of “B” or better must be earned.
  • Physical & Life Sciences and Mathematics core courses must be completed within seven (7) years preceding the anticipated start date at the College.
  • All other general education courses do not have a recency requirement for transfer of credit.
  • Courses must be at college level.

The College will consider transfer of credit for successful performance on select nationally recognized course challenge exams. Learners must submit official course challenge exam results for consideration.

Nursing Courses

The College will consider nursing academic credit earned at other post-secondary institutions for transfer when the following conditions are met:

  • The course was completed at an associate or higher level RN program, accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or certain equivalent non-U.S. nursing programs.
  • The course content and learning objectives and outcomes must closely match or exceed those of the corresponding course offered at the College. The course syllabus must accompany the request for transfer of credit.
  • The course credit load must be equal to or more than that of the corresponding course offered at the College.
  • The course was completed within the last three (3) years with a grade of “B” or better, and the content is not currently outdated or obsolete.
  • The credit transferred for any single course may be no greater than the credit given in the corresponding course at the College.
  • The learner must pass the skills and knowledge assessments as prescribed by the program of study, or, if not successful, complete prescribed remediation activities.

Learners are encouraged to audit the courses for which the transfer of credit has been granted.

The College reserves the right to accept or reject any and all credits earned at other post-secondary institutions. At least 50% of the total semester credits published in the corresponding program’s Curriculum Plan must be completed at the College. As an exception, learners granted advanced placement in the prelicensure programs are required to complete a minimum of 50% of nursing core coursework at the College to earn the degree. Official transcripts should be sent to: Registrar, Nightingale College, 4155 Harrison Blvd., Suite 100, Ogden, Utah 84403.

Transferability of academic credits earned at the College is at the discretion of the receiving institution. The College does not imply, promise, or guarantee transferability of any credits earned at the College to any other post-secondary institution.