The BDN Program is designed to prepare learners to apply for RN licensure and take the NCLEX-RN® exam, while giving them in-depth training in the fields of disease prevention, community health, advocacy, and policy.
The BDN Program is a blended-distance program, meaning all didactic instruction is delivered via online learning modalities, and all experiential learning is completed on-ground.
How many classes does the BDN Program require?
The blended-distance curriculum consists of seventy-two (72) semester credits of nursing core coursework. The BDN Program requires an additional forty-eight (48) semester credits of general education coursework. A total of one hundred twenty (120) semester credits is required for graduation. The Program is designed to be completed within eight (8) 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.
What classes are required for a BDN?
Learners in the BDN Program will 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 BDN Program is concept-based instead of content-based. Learners will apply concepts to a variety of systems and disease processes, and critically reason through situations by concept.
BDN Course Descriptions
General Education Course Descriptions
Upper-Division General Education Course Descriptions
General Electives Course Descriptions
Nursing Core Course Descriptions
Nightingale College’s BDN Program
The BDN Program curriculum was implemented as a result of the call for radical transformation in nursing education presented in Educating Nurses (Benner, P., Sutphen, 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 best practices for nursing education.
Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed BDN Program curriculum with a minimum of “B” grade in each nursing course and having satisfied all other graduation requirements, the learner will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree.
The BDN Program prepares graduates for entry-level nursing practice in hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings. An RN with a BSN Degree practices the art and science of nursing by utilizing the nursing process and functions interdependently within the health care team. Nursing is a dynamic profession that contributes significantly to the health and well-being of individuals and communities.