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.

BSN to MSN Students

Upon recommendation of the academic program and approval by The Graduate School:

  • Up to 20 percent of the total hours required for the Master of Science in Nursing may be graduate-level courses transferred from another approved institution or from this institution for courses completed before admission to an academic program in The Graduate School.
  • Credit received for graduate-level courses taken as an undergraduate may be transferred into an academic program with the program’s approval, provided the course did not count toward the requirements of the undergraduate degree.
  • Transferred credits will not be included in the program residency credit calculation
  • Graduate courses in Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Pathophysiology will not be accepted for transfer credit if the completed course is more than three years old at projected time of enrollment in the first clinical management course.
  • All other coursework approved for transfer or exemption must have been completed within five years of the projected date of matriculation. Courses completed more than five years prior to the student’s entry cannot be transferred or used to demonstrate equivalent knowledge (exemption).
  • Course transfer or exemption will not be granted for advanced health assessment or clinical management courses, including practica.

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.

(Approved MEC, DNP-EC, January 2017)

BSN to DNP Students

Upon recommendation of the academic program and approval by The Graduate School:

  • A doctoral student may transfer into his or her degree program relevant graduate courses from approved institutions or from other graduate programs within this institution.
  • A doctoral student may be examined on all transferred courses at the time of the doctoral oral examination.
  • Transferred credits will not be included in the program residency credit calculation
  • A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred in from an accredited graduate program.
    • Completed graduate courses in Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Pathophysiology will not be accepted for transfer credit if more than three years old at projected time of enrollment in the first clinical management course.
    • All other coursework approved for transfer or exemption must have been completed within five years of the projected date of matriculation. Courses completed more than five years prior to the student’s entry cannot be transferred or used to demonstrate equivalent knowledge (exemption).
    • Course transfer or exemption will not be granted for advanced health assessment or clinical management courses, including practica.
    • All 900-level courses that support the DNP Project (920, 941, 942, 943, 994) must be completed at UNC-CH School of Nursing.

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.

(Approved MEC, DNP-EC, January 2017)

MSN to DNP Students

Upon recommendation of the academic program and approval by The Graduate School:

  • A doctoral student may transfer into his or her degree program relevant graduate courses from approved institutions or from other graduate programs within this institution.
  • A doctoral student may be examined on all transferred courses at the time of the doctoral oral examination.
  • Transferred credits will not be included in the program residency credit calculation.
  • Coursework approved for transfer or exemption must have been completed within five years of the projected date of matriculation. Courses completed more than five years prior to the student’s entry into the program cannot be transferred or used to demonstrate equivalent knowledge (exemption).
  • Course transfer or exemption will not be granted for clinical management courses or practica.
  • All 900-level courses that support the DNP Project (920, 941, 942, 943, 994) must be taken at UNC-CH School of Nursing.

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.

(Approved MEC, DNP-EC, January 2017)

PhD Students

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

PhD: Updated March 2017