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Credit for Previous Coursework

Transfer Credit:

Transfer credit may be awarded for college courses that were completed prior to enrollment at St. Joseph's College of Nursing. The following criteria are used for evaluation of transfer credits:
  • Course was successfully completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher.
  • Course is similar in content, rigor, expected learning outcomes and credit hours to those in the St. Joseph's curriculum.
  • Science courses (Anatomy & Physiology; Microbiology) completed within seven (7) years of acceptance to St. Joseph's. Science courses completed outside of the seven year time frame must be repeated.
Transfer credits are not included in the computation of the cumulative GPA. A student must complete a minimum number of nursing credits at St. Joseph's to receive his or her degree.  Nursing transfer credits are determined on an individual basis.  Refer to "Nursing Program Transfers" for additional information.

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Advanced Placement Examinations:

The College will grant Advanced Placement credit in English Literature & Composition and Psychology if the student has achieved a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination of the College Entrance Examination Board.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

The College will grant academic credit for the following examinations of CLEP: English, Psychology, or Sociology. Credit for the examination is determined in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE).

Information regarding these examinations may be found at

Excelsior College Examinations:

The College will grant academic credit for Anatomy & Physiology and/or Microbiology courses taken more than seven (7) years prior to acceptance through Excelsior College Examinations. Credit will only be granted for challenge examinations if the student earned a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher in the initial course.

Information regarding this examination may be found at

Nursing Program Transfers:

Applicants who wish to transfer from another nursing program must provide:

  • Course descriptions/catalog, including evidence of clinical hours, from the school in which previous post-secondary coursework was completed.
  • Letter of reference from the dean/director of the previous nursing program.

All other admission/enrollment criteria must be met.  Final acceptance and placement is determined on an individual basis.  Priority will be given to applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program.  A student must complete a minimum of 32 nursing credits at St. Joseph's to receive his or her degree.

Nursing Program Transfers must satisfy all enrollment requirements as well as:

  • Successful completion of a four-credit college anatomy and physiology course taken within seven years of acceptance.
  • Required orientation and skills competencies.
  • Successful completion of St. Joseph's first semester pharmacology requirements.
  • It is strongly suggested that applicants complete an Introductory Psychology course (3 cr.) prior to enrollment.

Questions regarding any aspect of this policy may be directed to the Office of the Registrar.