Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from our prospective and current learners.

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Personalized Attention/Dedicated Faculty – Staff and faculty are committed to connecting with each learner on a personal level to facilitate learning.

Low to High-Fidelity Mannequins – The College provides realistic case-based experiential learning through computer-operated nursing mannequins.

NCLEX Preparation – Standardized exams, NCLEX live reviews, individualized remediation plans.

Distance Learning – The College integrates distance education technology learning tools such as broadcasting lectures via the internet and learner learning management systems that allow a flexible educational approach. ADN and BDN are hybrid programs. All lectures are delivered via distance learning modalities. All experiential learning is delivered on-ground at local partner facilities.

Advanced Placement – Advanced placement into the ADN and BDN programs is available to all LPNs that qualify and pass required standard exams or any potential learner that has taken nursing courses from another accredited nursing program. For questions on credit transfers, please ask your advisor to have your transcripts evaluated.

Dedicated Distance Cohorts – Nightingale College now offers the nursing program in many areas. Ask your advisor which site is right for you!

There are twenty (20) general education semester credits are required for graduation from the ADN Program, and forty-eight (48) for the BDN Program. GE courses may be taken at the College or another institution concurrent with enrollment in nursing courses. A minimum of eight (8) GE credits are required for admission into Level I of the nursing program. Minimum eleven (11) GE credits are required for advanced placement applicants to Level II and a minimum of fourteen (14) are required for advanced placement into Level III.  The current College catalog lists the GE courses required for admission. Anatomy and Physiology must be completed prior to your enrollment into Level 1 courses.

Please speak to an admissions advisor on credit transfers. Not all programs give the equivalent credit hours for similar courses. The College considers transfer of credit on a case-by-case basis.

  1. An admissions advisor will meet with you to help you decide whether you are a good candidate for the programs and whether the program is right for you.
  2. It will be determined which DDC location would work best for you.
  3. Information on the application, commitment statement, and the entrance standardized test score will be used to evaluate each applicant of the ADN and BDN programs.
  4. An acceptance letter will be sent to those offered acceptance to the College.

Please see the current College Catalog for detailed admissions requirements.

The College Catalog lists the current tuition and fees amount that includes the cost of tuition, textbooks, fees, uniforms, supplies, some basic nursing equipment, and standardized testing. When you enter Level I or Advanced Placement of the ADN or BDN programs, charges include one-time costs. Tuition is due on the first day of every semester, unless a different payment plan is arranged through the Learner Accounts or Financial Aid departments. Tuition is subject to change. Learners will be notified in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to any tuition increases.

Various types of financial aid are available to qualified learners

  • Title IV Federal Financial Aid
  • Veteran’s funding
  • Private School Loans
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • State Grant Assistance

All applicants will be required to meet with a financial aid advisor to determine financial aid needs.


The ADN program is twenty (20) months if a learner needs the required pre-requisite courses, consisting of five (5) 4-month long semesters. If Anatomy and Physiology are completed, the ADN program is sixteen (16) months consisting of four (4) 4- month long semesters. The program includes forty-eight (48) semester nursing credits; twelve (12) per semester.

Advanced Placement for qualified LPN’s is eight (8) months, consisting of two (2) 4-month long semesters. The program includes twenty-four (24) semester nursing credits: twelve (12) per semester. LPNs may need additional classes if HESI exams correlated with Level II courses are not passed. This could possibly make the program 12 months.


The BDN Program is designed to be completed within eight (8) 4-month long 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. Advanced placement for qualifying LPNs.


The RN-to-BSN Program is designed  to be completed in  three (3) academic semesters. Learners who hold an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree and transfer a minimum twenty-seven (27) semester credits of general education, including the required Physical Sciences credits, can complete the RN-to-BSN Program within three (3) academic semesters.

Upon completion of all graduation requirements, graduates of the ADN and BDN programs will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Nightingale College is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). ABHES is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency since 1968.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The Bachelor’s Degree Nursing Program and the RN-to-BSN Program are both accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The programs are approved in various states. Please ask your Admissions Advisor if Nightingale College is approved in your state.

Learners should plan on being at a partner facility for experiential learning about 2-4 days per week. This is an average and some weeks may have a busier schedule than others.

Your Admissions Advisor can let you know where your current experiential learning sites are located. Click here to see the different DDC areas.

You can visit our website and apply online or make an appointment to speak with an Admissions Advisor by clicking here. To receive the application packet and to ask any other questions you may have, call 801-689-2160 to speak with admissions.

Although our programs are rigorous, it allows more flexibility due to its hybrid nature. However, learners are encouraged to make school the first priority. Some learners will need to spend 50-60 hours per week in school activities in order to succeed.

Learners who successfully completed Level III of a pre-licensure nursing program may apply for an LPN licensure by equivalency in the State of Utah. In order to qualify for the equivalency waiver, learners must request, pay for, and pass the HESI LPN Mobility Standardized Exam at the College with a minimum score of 850 as well as complete mandatory career counseling. Learners may have up to two (2) attempts to pass the exam. Upon successfully passing the exam and completing the counseling, the learner may request official transcripts to be submitted to the Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) to begin the application process, which includes taking the NCLEX-LPN© exam. Learners are expected to complete the pre-licensure RN program at the College upon being licensed as an LPN.

Click here to check on the salary statistics for registered nurses in specific geographic areas.

*Obtaining a degree from Nightingale College does not guarantee that the NCLEX® will be passed. Passing the NCLEX® is required for RN licensure.

Nightingale College offers career services, but does not guarantee employment.

A computer with wireless capability and internet access is required for participating in online learning activities and completing course requirements. Although tablets and smartphones could be used, some required learning applications may not be compatible with all devices. The College does provide technical assistance for issues related to computers. It is strongly recommended to have a laptop or computer.

You can find the graduation rate, retention rate, first time pass rates, overall pass rates and placement rates at

The learner is responsible for notifying the Experiential Learning Coordinator of any absence prior to the scheduled shift. Learners who miss one (1) scheduled experiential learning activity in a given semester have the option to not make up the absence and accept a zero grade for the session, or pay the make-up fee of $200 to attend a scheduled make-up session. Learners who have a second experiential learning absence in a given semester are required to attend a scheduled make-up session after paying the make-up fee. Learners who fail to pay the mandatory fee and make up the second absence will receive a failing grade in the respective course and need to pay for and repeat the course. The third cumulative experiential learning  absence in a given semester will result in the learner receiving a failing grade in the course. All make-up lab and clinical sessions must be scheduled with the Experiential Learning Coordinator, and there is no guarantee that a specific date and time will be available. Make-up experiential learning may be scheduled after the end of a semester and, therefore, could delay progress in the academic program or graduation.

Nightingale College is ready to help you. If your question does not appear in our Frequently Asked Questions list and you just cannot find the answer, contact the specific department by calling (801) 689-2160 or by email at

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