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BSN Program Overview
Nursing Education on Your Terms
Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in less than 3 years with our flexible and accessible online program.
- Online CurriculumVirtual Simulations and LabsSupervised On-Ground Field Experiences (SOFE)The Capstone Project: Leadership at WorkNCLEX-RN Success CoachesSupport and Safety Nets
Get the high-quality nursing training you need to pass the NCLEX-RN with hands-on field training with Nightingale College’s innovative hybrid BSN program. Didactic learning takes place online, is concept-based, and develops the cognitive apprenticeship needed for nursing practice.
Your online instruction focuses on four target areas:
- Concept-Based Theory (CBT): Centers on big-picture ideas and develops critical thinking about new subjects and situations while continuously comparing and contrasting these to previous encounters.
- Intervention Skill-Based Preparation (ISBP): Prepares you to actively participate in intervention skill-based learning.
- Case-Based Preparation (CBP): Equips you to engage in case-based learning experiences.
- Direct Focused Client Care Preparation (DFCP): Gives you the skills you need to navigate direct focused client care.
Virtual Simulations and Labs
During your time in the program, you will have multiple opportunities for immersive learning via virtual simulations and at-home lab kits.
We use virtual reality headsets to help you get comfortable and build confidence in clinical settings. Under faculty supervision, you will complete care experiences that allow you to apply skills and clinical reasoning to client care. Plus, you will practice establishing and nurturing the clinician-client relationship while continuing to develop sound clinical reasoning.
You will complete a series of at-home lab kits to hone your clinical practice skills because knowing how to perform a task is just as important as knowing why you need to complete it. You’ll experience a wide range of course-specific skill sets, like suturing, inserting IV lines, and wound care, to develop your practical apprenticeship.
Supervised On-Ground Field Experiences (SOFE)
We partner with healthcare organizations across the nation to provide supervised field experiences for our BSN students. You will apply the theories and skills you learn through your online didactic instruction in real-world nursing situations under the supervision of Nightingale College faculty. These unique on-the-job experiences will help you continue to develop your confidence as a healthcare provider while learning the ins and outs of a career in nursing.
The Capstone Project: Leadership at Work
Through the BSN Program’s Capstone Project, learners begin to apply the skills and knowledge they gain during their coursework while they are still in school.
You will select an employer-focused topic and uncover potential proposal topics such as the importance of hand washing, tactics to decrease the number of patient falls, and proposing methods to reduce the number of medication errors by nurses.
Every BSN learner is required to complete a Capstone Project throughout their time at Nightingale College.
Earning your BSN degree at Nightingale College gives you access to a full-time NCLEX success coach. This coach works with you one-on-one and in group training sessions to prepare for your NCLEX-RN test.
- 120 Credit Hours
- Fully Accredited
- No Waitlists
Learners at Nightingale College enjoy wraparound support services from the moment
you enroll. We invest time, effort, and resources into counseling and feedback systems
for our learners.
While your education is ultimately your responsibility, we provide support and safety nets to encourage the successful completion of your program wherever possible.
We Know Nursing
Nursing is at the heart of everything we do at Nightingale College. Nurses designed our curriculum. Nurses teach our courses. Nurses supervise our experiential learning.
We know exactly what you need to start (or continue) a successful career in nursing.
Supervised On-Ground Field Experience (SOFE)
The College creates experiential learning schedules in partnership with healthcare agencies and, therefore, does not have full control over the schedules, which are subject to multiple externalities. The College cannot guarantee the times, days, particular faculty placement in a specific experiential learning site, or geographic area for SOFEs or integrative practicum (IPs) experiential learning. SOFEs may be scheduled during nights and weekends.
Regardless of their places of residence, learners may be required to travel to an assigned SOFE site(s), located anywhere in the United States, during any semester in which the learner is enrolled in a nursing course with a SOFE component. Travel may be scheduled at any time during the semester. Learners may enroll only in one (1) prelicensure nursing course with experiential learning components during any academic semester.
Based on the requirements for the course in which they are enrolled, learners who are assigned to travel for their SOFEs may be required to spend a minimum of five (5) consecutive days to a maximum of twenty-one (21) days at the assigned SOFE site. Learners who are not traveling for their SOFE assignments may be required to spend one to two (1-2) days per week for up to seven (7) weeks at their assigned site.
Learners are responsible to pay transportation and lodging expenses associated with SOFE travel. However, the College will pay learners’ SOFE-related regular travel expenses if the following conditions are met:
- The learner matriculated into a prelicensure nursing program prior to Spring Semester 2023;
- The learner both resides within and was originally assigned to a specific SOFE area;
- The expenses were incurred during regular SOFE travel and were not incurred from a make-up session that was scheduled due to the learner’s absence from the previously scheduled SOFE session.
Learners may use the College’s contracted third-party travel vendor to make travel arrangements. Detailed information regarding the service will be provided during the semester in which travel is scheduled. Learners may not include travel costs on their learner account ledgers nor have these costs financed through the College. Specific SOFE area assignments are not guaranteed, and learners may be assigned anywhere within the U.S.
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.
BSN Program Financial Aid
Financial Aid (FA) staff will work individually with prospective learners to ensure that options for paying the cost of their education are explored. Creating a college savings plan is very important and helps get you started on the right foot when it comes to Financial Aid. Click here to review a basic template.
All financial arrangements must be made prior to the first day of class, and learners must meet all financial aid requirements at the time of graduation for release of transcripts, diploma, and participation in the commencement ceremony. The learner and his/her family have the responsibility for planning and paying for college. Financial Aid includes resources such as:
- prepaid college savings plans
- personal savings
- personal income, and
- institutional, state, and Federal Student Aid (FSA)
Scholarships and Resources
Nightingale College understands the importance of pursuing a BSN degree and offers a few scholarships that can be applied to your learner account when enrolled in the Program. All applicants are required to meet with the Financial Aid Department to review the individual financial opportunity.
To help assist you during your financial assistance journey, we have compiled a list of helpful resources that should be used to maintain an understanding of the financial landscape.
The BSN Program is designed to prepare learners to apply for RN licensure and take the NCLEX-RN® exam, while giving them in-depth training in the fields of disease prevention, community health, advocacy, and policy.
The BSN Program is a blended-distance program, meaning all didactic instruction is delivered online while experiential learning is conducted through various virtual and on-ground modalities.
- 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.
The BSN Program consists of seventy-two (72) semester credits of nursing core coursework. In addition, the completion of the BSN degree requires forty-eight (48) semester credits of general education.
- How many classes does the BSN Program require?
The blended-distance curriculum consists of seventy-two (72) semester credits of nursing core coursework. The BSN Program requires an additional forty-eight (48) semester credits of general education coursework. A total of one hundred twenty (120) semester credits is required for graduation.
The Program is designed to be completed within eight (8) 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.
- What classes are required for a BSN?
Learners in the BSN Program will learn disease management, treatment, and prevention as well as promotion of health from the standpoint of nursing. The curriculum is specifically constructed to promote career mobility in nursing. The curriculum in the BSN Program is concept-based instead of content-based. Learners will apply concepts to a variety of systems and disease processes, and critically reason through situations by concept.
Note: Prerequisites are defined as courses that must be completed prior to enrollment into the given course. Corequisites are defined as courses that must be completed either prior to or concurrently with the given course.
- How long does it take to get a BSN?
Based on the published criteria, Nightingale College will select one learner to receive the President’s Future of Nursing Scholarship (valued at 25% of the tuition). All other qualified applicants will receive the Honors Future of Nursing Scholarship (valued at up to $2,000).
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
- How much does the BSN Program cost?
Tuition for the BSN Program is $615 per semester credit. Tuition does not include the nonrefundable application fee, that is $150. The College reserves the right to change its tuition and fees at any time, with a 30-day notice.
A tuition waiver of $50 per semester credit will be applied to the accounts of the College’s BSN and RN to BSN Degree graduates at the time tuition is charged, and will be awarded after graduation.
There are also additional fees for some courses in the BSN Program. A current schedule of these fees can be found in the College Catalog.
BSN Program Accreditation
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Nightingale College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 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.