Below are the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from our prospective and current learners.
Q: What makes Nightingale College stand apart from other colleges?
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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 – Along with the personalized care, Nightingale College integrates technology-based learning tools such as, high-fidelity simulation, interactive learning modules via the internet, and learning management systems that bring a modern educational approach. While modern technology has expanded our delivery of education, it has not substituted the individualized relationships that staff and faculty make with each learner. Nightingale College realizes the potential of mixing traditional methods with modern technology
Advanced Placement – Advanced placement into the BSN Program is available to all that qualify. Please contact the admissions department to learn more: Email Admissions
Experiential Learning – Experiential Learning takes place through various learning modalities. Click here for more information.
Q: What are the General Education (GE) Requirements for admissions to the College?
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.
Q: How is acceptance into the program decided?
- 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.
- It will be determined which SOFE location would work best for you.
- Information on the application, commitment statement, and the entrance standardized test score will be used to evaluate each applicant of the nursing programs.
- An acceptance letter will be sent to those offered acceptance to the College.
Please see the current College Catalog for detailed admissions requirements.
Q: What is the cost of tuition?
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.
Q: Do you have financial aid and other financial resources?
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.
Q: How long is the Program?
PN Diploma Program
The blended distance curriculum consists of twenty-eight (28) semester credits of nursing core coursework and fourteen (14) semester credits of general education and is delivered over forty-eight (48) academic weeks. Learners are required to take the nursing courses in the sequence prescribed. The PN Diploma Program requires a total of forty-two (42) semester credits for graduation.
The BSN 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.
Q: At the end of the program, can I take the national licensure exam?
Upon completion of all graduation requirements, graduates of the PN, BSN, and MSN programs will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.
Q: Is Nightingale College accredited?
Nightingale College is institutionally 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 baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Nightingale College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Nightingale College Practical Nursing (distance education) program holds pre- accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. 202-909-2526 Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.
Nightingale College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an affiliate pre-accreditation status indicating that an institution meets the Commission’s Eligibility Requirements and is progressing toward accreditation. Recognition as a Candidate neither implies nor ensures an institution will attain Accredited status with NWCCU. For a copy of the pre-accreditation letter from NWCCU please click here.
The programs are approved in various states. Please ask your Admissions Advisor if Nightingale College is approved in your state.
Q: How often do I have to be at the Supervised On-Ground Field Experience (SOFE)?
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.
Q: Where are your sites located?
Your Admissions Advisor can let you know where your current experiential learning sites are located. Click here to see the different DDC areas.
Q: How do I get started on the application process?
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.
Q: Can I work during the program?
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.
Q: Can I take the NCLEX-PN® exam at any time in the program?
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.
Q: What would my salary be as an RN?
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.
Q: Do you help me find a job when I’m done with the program?
Nightingale College offers career services, but does not guarantee employment.
Q: Do I need a computer to do the program?
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.
Q: Where can I find the statistics of the College?
You can find the graduation rate, retention rate, first time pass rates, overall pass rates and placement rates at https://nightingale.edu/college-statistics/.
Q: What happens if I have to miss an experiential learning activity?
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.
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