Transfer of Course Credit

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The University requirements related to transfer of course credit are as follows:

  • All transfer work must have an earned grade of B or better (B- is not equivalent to B).
  • The Graduate School must have an official transcript of the transfer credit showing satisfactory completion of the course.
  • Correspondence or extension courses are not eligible for transfer credit, nor are courses taken on a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis.

See the University Graduate Handbook for specific details that govern the transfer process.

See sections below for requirements specific to MSN, DNP, and PhD students.

The over-riding consideration in all decisions about course transfer and exemption is that students are provided with sufficient opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete their degree program.

MSN Students

Course Transfer

Upon approval of the Graduate School, MSN students may transfer up to 20 percent of the total hours required for the master’s degree from another accredited institution or this institution in partial fulfillment of the School’s requirements for a master’s degree.

Course Exemption

MSN students may use knowledge from previously completed graduate degrees to demonstrate that they have current knowledge and skills equivalent to the knowledge that would be gained by taking existing courses in the master’s program. When a student demonstrates equivalent knowledge the requirement for specific courses are met but the student does not get course credit.

Process for Requesting Course Transfer or Exemption

MSN students may request course transfer or exemption upon submission of a written request (see Course Transfer/Exemption Form) to the School of Nursing registrar in the Office of Student Affairs. Graduate coursework for which transfer or exemption is requested must have been taken within a 5-year time limit. The registrar will initiate the review process by completing the transfer credit recommendation form and submitting it to the Director of Graduate Practice Programs.

DNP Students

Course Transfer

DNP students may request approval to transfer graduate courses taken at UNC-CH or another prior institution.  There is no limit on the number of transfer credits for DNP students as long as the minimum required program credits are met.

Course Exemption

DNP students may use knowledge from previously completed graduate degrees or life experiences to demonstrate they have current knowledge and skills equivalent to the knowledge that would be gained by taking existing courses in the DNP program. When a student demonstrates equivalent knowledge the requirement for specific courses are met but the student does not get course credit.

Process for Requesting Course Transfer or Exemption

DNP students may request course transfer or exemption by submitting a written request (see Course Transfer/Exemption Form) with a copy of the course syllabus to the School of Nursing registrar in the Office of Student Affairs. Graduate coursework for which transfer or exemption is requested must have been taken within a 5-year time limit. The registrar will initiate the review process by completing the transfer credit recommendation form and submitting it to the Director of Graduate Practice Programs.

PhD Students

PhD students who wish to transfer courses are referred to the Graduate School policy.

Updated March 2017