Students may be exempt from taking School of Nursing required professional courses either through placement-credit or credit-by-exam options. The review process for both placement credit and credit by exam may take up to two months. Therefore, requests should be submitted at the time of admission or no later than one full semester prior to the semester in which the student is scheduled to take the course. At no time will requests for review be accepted once the student is enrolled in the course.
Consistent with University policy (see Undergraduate Bulletin) the Undergraduate Program at the School of Nursing will review, upon student request, previous professional nursing course work and experience for placement credit. At the time of admission, students should submit a request for course review (download the Course Transfer/Exemption Form) and the course syllabus for the year in which the course was taken. Additional materials, such as completed course papers, descriptions of clinical work and hours, and discussion of supportive work experiences, will help in the determination.
Materials should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs, where transcript verification is completed regarding the date the course was taken and the grade earned. Faculty review of submitted and verified materials will determine (a) placement credit awarded; (b) no placement credit awarded but recommendations made for alterations in the course when taken by the student based on previous learning and experience; (c) no placement credit awarded and the course must be taken. The student may request a challenge exam to demonstrate content mastery if he/she disagrees with the faculty decision. This request is made in writing to the Director of the Undergraduate Program, Office of Academic Affairs within two weeks of receipt of the denial notice. Faculty responsible for the course in question will prepare and grade the challenge exam. The transcript will note the grade as “PL” (placement).
Credit by Exam
Enrolled students who have gained (through independent study or experience) knowledge of the content of professional courses offered in the School of Nursing may receive credit (without grade) for such courses by special examination (see Undergraduate Bulletin). Requests for this examination should be submitted in writing to the Director of the Undergraduate Program, Office of Academic Affairs. Faculty responsible for the course in question will prepare and grade the challenge exam. The transcript will note the grade as “BE” (by exam).