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 (www.ccneaccreditation.org) 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. Upon enrollment, learners are granted forty-eight (48) semester credits of general education coursework.
The BSN Program consists of sixty-one (61) semester credits of upper-division nursing coursework. In addition, the completion of the BSN degree requires forty-eight (48) semester credits of general education.
Remote Track Option
For learners who live more than 100 miles away from an area where the College conducts Supervised On-ground Field Experiences (SOFEs), the College offers a remote program option for the BSN program. Learners will engage as normal in online didactic instruction, however instead of being scheduled for SOFEs throughout the semester, learners utilizing the remote program option will be scheduled to complete their SOFE rotations in one consecutive time period during the last few weeks of the semester. Learners will be assigned to various SOFE areas around the country and will be required to travel to their assigned area for a minimum of 5 days, with a maximum of 21 days. On average, learners can expect to travel approximately two weeks at the end of each semester, as long as the learner is enrolled in a nursing course that requires on-ground rotations (note: learners utilizing this option are only allowed to enroll in one nursing course per semester that requires SOFE rotations). Learners are required to provide and pay directly for all travel and lodging related to these rotations, including travel to and from the area, travel within the area, and all meals/lodging needs. The College offers assistance to learners in finding the most optimal travel arrangements, however, travel costs cannot be financed through the College nor added to any sort of balance carried for the learner at the College. Learners may be assigned to any area across the country. The College cannot guarantee rotations in any specific area. If you live more than 100 miles away from one of the College’s current SOFE areas and are interested in enrolling in our BSN program through the remote program option, contact a member of our Admissions team to discuss whether this program is a fit for you.
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.
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.