BSN Program Description

BSN Program Description

The BSN Program prepares learners to become nurses who will improve individual, family, and community health and wellness by applying evidence-based skills and knowledge in their practice.  Increased amounts of RNs will help meet the demand for professional nurses nationwide.

BSN Program Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Nightingale College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( and is built upon the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing. If you want to find out more about Nightingale’s Programs Accreditation, check Accreditation and Affiliations.

How many credits do you need for the BSN degree?

A total of one hundred twenty (120) semester credits are required for the conferral of the BSN degree.

The BSN Program consists of seventy-two (72) semester credits of nursing core coursework. In addition, the completion of the BSN degree requires forty-eight (48) semester credits of general education.

Supervised On-Ground Field Experience (SOFE) General Information
The College creates experiential learning schedules in partnership with healthcare agencies and, therefore, does not have full control over the schedules, which are subject to multiple externalities. The College cannot guarantee the times, days, particular faculty placement in a
specific experiential learning site, or geographic area for SOFEs or integrative practicum (IPs) experiential learning. SOFEs may be scheduled during nights and weekends. Regardless of their places of residence, learners may be required to travel to an assigned SOFE site(s), located anywhere in the United States, during any semester in which the learner is enrolled in a nursing course with a SOFE component. Travel may be scheduled at any time
during the semester. Learners may enroll only in one (1) prelicensure nursing course with experiential learning components during any academic semester. Based on the requirements for the course in which they are enrolled, learners who are assigned to travel for their SOFEs may be
required to spend a minimum of five (5) consecutive days to a maximum of twenty-one (21) days at the assigned SOFE site. Learners who are not traveling for their SOFE assignments may be required to spend one to two (1-2) days per week for up to seven (7) weeks at their assigned site.
Learners are responsible to pay transportation and lodging expenses associated with SOFE travel. However, the College will pay learners’ SOFE-related regular travel expenses if the following conditions are met:

  • The learner matriculated into a prelicensure nursing program prior to Spring Semester 2023;
  • The learner both resides within and was originally assigned to a specific SOFE area;
  • The expenses were incurred during regular SOFE travel and were not incurred from a make-up session that was scheduled due to the learner’s absence from the previously scheduled SOFE session.

Learners may use the College’s contracted third-party travel vendor to make travel arrangements. Detailed information regarding the service will be provided during the semester in which travel is scheduled. Learners may not include travel costs on their learner account ledgers nor have these costs financed through the College. Specific SOFE area assignments are not guaranteed, and learners may be assigned anywhere within the U.S.

Note:  All didactic instruction takes place online. These rotations are for supervised on-ground field experiences only, where learners practically apply the theories and skills they have previously learned through their online didactic courses.  No original instruction takes place anywhere on-ground in Nightingale College’s programs.

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How long does it take to get a BSN?

Our Program can be completed in as few as 32 months or 8 semesters if the required General Education (GE) courses have not been completed. The BSN Program also grants advanced placement for qualified LPNs and a BMTC-BSN track.

Learners who have not completed any general education requirements and elect to complete all GE coursework at the College can complete the Program within eight (8) semesters. Nightingale College’s BSN Program has 3 start dates per year that enroll in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.

Note: Supervised On-ground Field Experience (SOFE) rotations take place in various locations across the country.  If a learner who is participating in SOFE rotations in a certain area subsequently moves outside the area, or to another area, the learner may not be allowed to continue SOFE rotations in that area and may be required to participate in rotations in another area, or transition to the remote track option.  Learners must notify the Program immediately upon deciding to relocate.

How hard is it to get a BSN degree?

According to the grading system and grading scale, a passing grade of at least “C” or higher is required in all courses. Completion of all learning activities, as prescribed by a course syllabus, including assignments, quizzes, and remediation, is required to pass the course. Failure to complete any required learning activity will result in a failure of a course. Any course with a failing grade must be repeated before progressing in the Academic Program.

Questions regarding Admissions into the Program or Financial Aid, speak directly with an Admissions or Financial Aid Advisor at (801) 689-2160. For more information, check and download our complete College Catalog.

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