#1 We are fully accredited
Nightingale College is nationally accredited through the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). What’s the difference between national and regional accreditation? Watch the video below to find out.
We also have programmatic accreditation for our two programs. The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc (ACEN). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the body that also backs both BYU and U of U.
We are also a signatory to the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative. This initiative helps service members and their families find educational programs, ease transferability of credit, and increase job training.
To learn more about Nightingale’s accreditation, visit this website.
#2 Nightingale College has grown to cover three states
Nightingale College has DDC locations in three states, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, and is continuing to grow! With our blended-distance ADN Program, learners complete all their didactic classwork online, and complete all their lab requirements in lab locations at local instructional sites Nightingale has set up in partner facilities.
There are currently nine DDC locations throughout the three states, with more on the way. To see a full list of partner locations, or to learn more about becoming a DDC partner, click here.
#3 Nightingale College offers both an ADN and an RN-to-BSN program
Our fully accredited ADN Program, outlined above, can take as few as 16 months to complete. The program teaches foundational nursing principles, with classes such as physiology, pharmacology, and acute care. For learners that need to complete all general education classes, the length of the program is five semesters.
A large number of people are interested in becoming an RN, so awareness of our ADN program is high, but what most people don’t know is that Nightingale also offers an RN-to-BSN program.
The RN-to-BSN Program is also fully accredited. The program is designed to further develop skills and leadership qualities of RNs. The program is entirely online and will improve knowledge in key areas such ethics, critical care, gerontology, health promotion, and disease prevention. Plus, the program is employer focused, encouraging BSN-learners to fulfill a leadership role and work alongside their employer to find solutions to facility-wide problems.
The program with general education requirements is designed to be completed in three semesters, but can be completed at a slower rate at no extra cost to facilitate the continuation of work while completing the program.
#4 Nightingale College is pioneering rural nursing education
Our program design is unique. Instead of having a large central campus that all learners have to travel to, Nightingale partners with local care centers and hospitals to provide labs and clinical opportunities throughout widespread areas. This model allows learners in rural communities to stay local while attending school.
Some communities are too small to sustain a full brick-and-mortar nursing program, which is why Nightingale is such a welcome solution for rural areas. With learners also completing most of their coursework online, the burden on the community is reduced. The learners are then assigned clinicals in a local facility, which helps that facility stay afloat. Many learners continue to work in those facilities after the completion of their degree.
#5 Nightingale strives to reduce the nursing shortage
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020 the nursing field will be in need of over a million new registered nurses. The nursing shortage throughout the U.S. is already significant. Hundreds of rural facilities are strapped for nursing help. Nightingale’s partnership model will provide a pipeline of local nurses for these facilities, lifting them out of a downward shortage cycle.
Our unique model also allows for exponential growth. With online programs, class size is not limited by classroom size, so Nightingale can educate a large number of nurses to meet the demand.
Nightingale College continues to grow with the help of forward-thinking health care facilities to address the growing need for nurses throughout rural America.
Want to learn more about Nightingale College’s innovative mission? Visit www.nightingale.edu to learn more.