Practical Nurse (PN) Diploma Program Requirements

Practical Nurse (PN) Diploma Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

All applicants work closely with an Admissions Advisor to assess career goals, motivation, and commitment to learning.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Pay the non-refundable application fee as shown below:
Applicant TypeApplication Fee
Generic$150
Active duty servicemembers and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces$50
  1. Complete the Application for Admissions. (The application and the paid fee are valid for one [1] year).
  2. Submit copy of a high school (diploma or its equivalent, prior to the first day of attendance.
  3. Pass the Pre-Licensure Nursing Entrance Exam.
  4. If requesting transfer of credit, complete a Transfer of Credit Request Form and submit official college transcripts by the deadline for the previous post-secondary coursework in accordance with the Transfer of Credit section of the Catalog.
  5. Complete Smarter Measure Assessment for evaluation of online learning readiness.
  6. Meet with a Learner Funding Advisor to initiate the financial aid process.
  7. Be in good financial standing with the College.

Note: The highest level of academic integrity is expected throughout the admissions process. Violations of the academic integrity policy at any point in the admissions process will result in automatic denial of admission. See the Academic Integrity section of the College Catalog for more details.

How many general education credits are required for the PN Diploma Program

  1. A total of fourteen (14) general education semester credits is required for graduation from the PN Diploma Program and must be completed prior to the end of the last academic semester in the PN Diploma Program. Refer to the General Education Requirement section of the Catalog for the minimum number of credits required in each of the three (3) required general education (GE) breadth areas. GE courses may be completed at the College or another institution of higher learning concurrent with enrollment in nursing courses.
  2. A minimum of eight (8) semester credits in human anatomy and human physiology is required to enroll in Level II nursing courses. Learners may elect to complete the requisite coursework at the College or another institution of higher learning.

How many semester credits are required for the PN Diploma Program?

The PN Diploma Program consists of six (6) lower-division core nursing courses, comprised of twenty-eight (28) academic semester credits delivered over three (3) academic semesters or forty-eight (48) academic weeks, and four (4) GE courses, comprised of fourteen (14) semester credits taken concurrently with the core nursing courses. The total length of the Program for learners electing to complete all GE requirements at the College is forty-two (42) semester credits, three (3) academic semesters, or forty-eight (48) academic weeks. Other general education and elective courses are available for learners who transfer in the required GE credits (or for any learner who is interested in taking these unrequired courses), provided there is room within the individual’s semester credit load.

Course Recency Requirement Credit Transfer Waiver

If a general education course exceeds the time frame transfer requirement, the prospective learner may request to take a waiver exam to assess his/her current knowledge in a specific subject, if available. If the minimum passing score of 80% is achieved for the individual course exam, the College may waive the course recency requirement and accept the academic credit.

Final Grade of “C” Credit Transfer Waiver

If a grade of “C” was earned in an otherwise acceptable general education course, the prospective learner may request to take a waiver exam to assess his/her current knowledge in a specific subject, if available. If the minimum passing score of 80% is achieved for the individual course exam, the College may waive the minimum grade requirement and accept the academic credit.

Note: Nightingale College is committed to ensuring the highest level of academic integrity throughout the admissions process. Violations of the academic integrity policy at any point in the admissions process will result in automatic denial of admission. See the Academic Integrity section of the College Catalog for more details.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation and conferral of the degree, learners must meet all graduation requirements:

  • successfully complete all required coursework and achieve minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) in the Academic Program;
  • fulfill all general education requirements;
  • successfully complete all prescribed remediation, if applicable;
  • complete the complimentary NCLEX® Live Review course;
  • attend the complimentary NCLEX® Prep Immersion workshop;
  • be current on financial obligations to the College;
  • complete the Federal Direct Student Loans exit counseling and any other FA requirements, if applicable; and
  • complete the Graduation Clearance Form.

For more information, check and download our complete College Catalog.

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