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Earning Credit

Applicants may be given credit on an individual basis for previous post-secondary education and experience. This credit may be obtained in one of two ways:

  1. Submitting acceptable evidence of equivalent course work completed at another accredited institution with a grade of "C" or better. Courses taken more than seven years previously will be considered on an individual basis. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit for course work is accepted. We accept credit earned by an Advanced Placement Program exam score of three or higher. Please visit the CollegeBoard website for more information.
  2. Successfully challenging the course. The option is open to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), medical corpsmen and former students of accredited schools of nursing who can document comparable theory and clinical preparation. The challenge credit awarded LPN's and corpsmen may not exceed a total of one semester. The fee for challenge is $75.00.

The following credits are required for general education courses. Students with insufficient hours will not be granted credit.

  • Expository Writing (freshman English or equivalent) - three semester hours or five quarter hours
  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II - eight semester hours or 10 quarter hours, including a lab for each term or semester, completed within the last seven years
  • Microbiology - three semester hours or five quarter hours, including a lab, completed within the last seven years
  • Growth & Development (Developmental Psychology) - three semester hours or five quarter hours, including study of the life cycle from birth to death
  • Introduction to Sociology - three semester hours or five quarter hours

For clock hours conversion, see the 2011-2012 Course Catalog (PDF).

All regular admission requirements must be met, with a recommendation from an official of the last school attended, official transcripts, course descriptions and supporting materials of courses for which credit is desired, and other records as requested by Mercy School of Nursing. An evaluation of each applicant's credentials is given only after formal application has been completed. Additional learning activities may be required at the discretion of the faculty. Students who earn credit for previous work must be enrolled in Mercy School of Nursing for a minimum of two semesters of study to qualify for the school diploma.

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