PN Diploma Program Description

PN Diploma Program Description

The PN Diploma Program prepares learners to apply for PN licensure and take the NCLEXPN® exam. This will also prepare graduates for entry-level practical nursing practice in long-term care facilities, clinics, and other health care settings. Nursing is a dynamic profession that contributes significantly to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. This program is currently only offered for residents of Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

PN Diploma Program Accreditation

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.  If you want to find out more about Nightingale’s Programs Accreditation, check Accreditation and Affiliations.

How many credits do you need for the PN Diploma?

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.

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 PN diploma?

The Program is designed to be completed within three (3) 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.

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

Note: All didactic instruction is delivered via online learning modalities. However, the College may require learners to attend didactic instruction in any course on-ground. All experiential learning for the core nursing courses takes place on-ground at a variety of experiential learning sites. For learner residency and
course delivery modalities definitions, see the Learner Residency and Course Delivery Modalities section of the catalog.

What is required to obtain a PN Diploma?

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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